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China replaces lead with cadmium in children's jewelry
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
January 30, 2010

Just when you thought the turmoil with unsafe toys from China was terminated and you thought your children could safely play with any toy imported from anywhere, we learn that Chinese producers have replaced lead with hazardous levels of cadmium.

Cadmium, like lead, can hinder or suppress brain development for young children. And according to recent research as reported by the Associated Press, cadmium also causes cancer.

An investigation by the Associated Press erupted into a quality controversy last week when 12 out of 103 pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contained cadmium levels of at least 10 percent, while other pieces had cadmium levels in the range of 80-90 percent.

Thankfully we don't have to worry about health and quality issues like these with American-made toy websites like, where you'll find a great selection of toys that are of the non Chinese-made variety. All of the toys on the site are, like the name suggests, are made in USA.

At All-American Toys, you'll find a variety of quality, solid, reliable, durable, child-safe, American-made kids learning toys. You can find things like ride-on toys, dolls, doll houses, stuffed animals, ABC blocks, building blocks and sets, educational toys and games, wooden trains, wooden vehicles, children's kitchen play sets, collectible toys, just for fun toys, children's furniture and decor, puzzles, and much more.

At All-American Toys, they encourage you to let them know if you have any questions about their kitchen play sets or any of their educational games or toys. That's because they not only strive for safe and quality fun for your child or children, but they actually care about customer service as well. After all, the folks at are not only small business owners, but they're also parents and consumers, too.

Part of the problem in the Chinese supply chain is that buyers and importers of Chinese toys approach China out of naivet?, negligence, or outright greed, and tend to treat China like a huge discount shopping outlet. According to Rick Goodwin, an American businessman who has worked inside China for 20 years, the country has more than their share of unscrupulous factories.

Fortunately, with patriotic websites like, patriotic consumers don't need to worry about being highly selective about which Chinese factory is making toy jewelry and other products imported to America's shores.

Rick Goodwin, chairman of Concept Holdings that operates in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan, says American importers of Chinese jewelry should only make purchases from factories that use XRF sensors ? a handheld gun that has the ability to check for unsafe levels of toxic metals like cadmium. But of course not all factories can afford to buy this safety screening product. And if they can't, we shouldn't be importing their stuff!

At All-American Toys (, concerned (and even innocent and unaware) American consumers don't have to worry about where their toys are made. They don't even have to worry about a toy claiming to be made in USA, but with Chinese components because no foreign parts are used in any of the toys sold by All-American Toys. Consumers also don't have to worry if their toys consist of paint comprised of lead, cadmium, or any other potentially toxic metal that could be dangerous to their child or children.

Who would have thought you could buy an American-made teddy bear for less than twenty bucks? I didn't. Or how about a classic set of checkers (under $20 as well), an educational toy like the Children's Farm Clock ($20.00), A set of simple ABC block for $20.00, or children's wooden trains for even less than that?

Of course there are plenty of items costing more that $20.00, but the point is that buying American-made quality and safety doesn't have to be expensive. If you do choose a toy that costs a little more, then look at it not only as an investment in America, but of course a safe and worry-free investment in your child.

The owners at All-American Toys have done exhaustive research to ensure that any toy you purchase from their website is 100 percent made in America from start to finish. You may have started your search with the safety of your child in mind, but the good part is that you can finish with the sense of satisfaction that at, your toys are all American made all of the time.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.


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