Okay…I sound paranoid, but I believe the big chains that sell toys, mark them on major sales before a recall to dump their stock. Keep you’re eyes wide open for big sales on painted wooden Melissa & Doug toys. I’ve documented this paranoia before. <smile> I’ve received a tip from Karen that there’s been a recall of the Melissa & Doug product ‘Geometric Stacker’, item number 094730. The problem is the level of Barium is not at a safe level in the paint.
Toys R Us has issued an advisory and you can call them at (800) 869-7787 if you are concerned. Approximately 300 were sold in Canada and the toys were sold from February 2008 until August 2008 at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide. Yes, Melissa & Doug manufacture their toys in China. I wonder if it’s just a matter of time before more products are recalled because of this problem. I have purchased many of their toys in the past, luckily, most are puzzles. When are companies go to produce and manufacture toys within North America? I would pay more to know that the product is safe.