There is a single employee at the Consumer Product Safety Commission responsible for testing all toys in the United States suspected of being defective.
That amazing fact was contained in a New York Times article about the dwindling resources at the agency.
That explains why the agency denied the request of two senators who recently asked the CPSC to spot-check toys for lead paint a seemingly reasonable request from senior leaders concerned about the rash of toxic lead-painted toys coming out of China, where most of the world's toys are made.
Unlike the Food and Drug Administration, which has admitted after repeated failures that it isn't up to the task of monitoring the modern food supply, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has yet to own up to its failures. It defends itself as adequately robust.
Hardly. One person for all those toys? Santa Claus himself needed some elves.
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