Vietnam to inspect toys after cadmium found in Chinese electric lanterns

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade Tuesday called on local authorities around the country to beef up inspections during the Mid-Autumn Festival this week, especially of children's toys.

Tuoi Tre newspaper said the exhortation came with a note that scientists recently found high levels of the carcinogenic chemical cadmium in Chinese electric lanterns sold in Ho Chi Minh City.

The lanterns had been picked randomly for testing and the cadmium content was found to be 123 times the amount permitted in toys in Vietnam.

The ministry also urged authorities, especially near the China border, to be tough on smuggled toys and those without origin or quality stamps.

Around 30,000 toys have been seized this month for being violent and lacking quality stamps.

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Market management officials in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday seized 200 smuggled Chinese electric lanterns made of plastic but without quality information or warnings.

They also shut down a toy retailer at Vincom commercial center for having several products without quality stamps.

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