This is bothersome. We have lots of Melissa and Doug toys. We try to avoid characters and plastic, so they were our most affordable option. I agree that the quality on some of the toys isn't great. The play food, for instance, chips very easily. Some of it, like the mailbox, has held up well.
On a more reassuring note, we had DD 's lead levels tested just a few months ago- right after the Thomas recalls- and her levels were perfectly normal. They weren't high at all. I was actually very surprised, because we live in a very old (rented) house and even had some of the recalled trains.
I am looking around and literally 70% of her toys are M&D. We have the play food, the piano, the mailbox, numerous puzzles, the firetruck, animals magnets, shape sorter, ring stacker.... So now I am completely torn. The toys haven't actually been recalled, right? DD's lead levels are good. The toys aren't plastic, but they aren't Grade A, top-of-the-line either. If I get rid of them, DD will lose every last one of her favorites. We can't afford to replace them.
AAARG! In fact, we recently got rid of the junky, plastic toy farm she loved and replaced it with the M&D folding one. We couldn't really afford that either. I used a gift card to pay for it.