Hong Kong — Rogue toymakers, test-happy executives, countries disagreeing about what a reasonable risk for kids is and, oh yes, yet another casualty of the U.S. government shutdown.
Just a typical day in the life of a toy safety executive.
Chinese toy makers packed a conference at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, held Jan. 7-10, to learn about present and future U.S. and European Union toy safety regulations.
In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has sent an official to this annual fair to update manufacturers on CPSC rules and regulations. This time, though, the agency's scheduled appearance at the packed event was canceled due to the government shutdown.
Chemicals in plastic toys are an especially fraught topic, said Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at the New York-based trade group The Toy Association.