Is labeling toys "non-toxic" similar to labeling soap "antibacterial"? They are all non-toxic, yes?
I ask because, today, from two feet away, I heard my little boy banging something into the pristine, newly painted white wall. It was a red stamper that immigrated from China to the $1 bin at Target. We had fun stamping Valentines for Dad and now it's one of his season's accessory. A rock is the other one, but his archaeological tendencies are not the topic of today's letter.
|The Toxic Stamps.|
When I started the futile effort of explaining the wall is not for stamps, I noticed he his lipstick.
He sucked on the stamper and produced quite a little Geisha effect using his Chinese tool. Once I'd removed all evidence of the red ink from the wall and from him, I laughed and moved on.
Later, a nagging feeling about China factory standards lead me to the stamp package. I was certain I'd locate the "non-toxic" label. Guess what? There isn't one.
Is this some crazy toy industry loophole that if it doesn't say non-toxic, it IS toxic?
Please discuss. Am I the only naive parent who assumes toys are non-toxic without the non-toxic stamp?
Nice play on words, right? Let's hope I own a non-toxic stamp.