Here's a copy of M&D's letter.
November 1, 2007 Letter from
> > Melissa & Doug products are carefully crafted and use non-toxic
> > coatings. As indicated on all of our item packages, our products meet
> > or exceed all U.S. toy testing standards.
> > Regarding the recent concerns over lead safe ty in toys, we definitely
> > appreciate and understand your concern. Please be assured, we test for
> > lead VERY frequently.
> > It's quite possible to make great quality children's items in China,
> > which meet all safety regulations, but the key point is that you have
> > to test and inspect very frequently to be sure that your factories are
> > always following your instructions explicitly. We assure you that's
> > exactly what we do.
> > From our experience, the key to doing this correctly is not simply to
> > insist that your factories follow your instructions, but then to go
> > one step further and to AUDIT, INSPECT, AND TEST very frequently. That
> > is the most important part of the process, and it's something our
> > company has always taken VERY seriously.
> > Thanks again for asking, and thanks for your support also.
> > Your Ded icated Customer Service Team
> > Melissa & Doug, Inc.
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