China: It's Mattel's Fault That Chinese Companies Manufactured Toys Covered With Lead. What?

China: It's Mattel's Fault That Chinese Companies Manufactured Toys Covered With Lead. What?

China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) blamed Mattel for the recent lead contamination of nearly 1 million toys, saying that the toy maker did not adequately supervise their suppliers. Mattel’s oversight safeguards are widely regarded as the “gold standard” for manufacturing in China. From the LA Times:

Mattel Identifies Manufacturer Responsible For Supplying 967,000 Tainted Toys

Mattel Identifies Manufacturer Responsible For Supplying 967,000 Tainted Toys

Mattel is blaming a potentially bankrupt cardboard box vendor for supplying 967,000 toys covered with lead paint. The toy maker publicly identified the Lee Der Industrial Company in Guangdong province in the hopes that other toy makers will take their business elsewhere. The AP tried to call Lee Der for comment, which resulted in this odd exchange: