Counterfeit Toys: Our Children Still at Risk
April 1, 2014
Hosted by Stan Salot Jr.
WCBS TV New York News Channel aired an interview with our host, Stan Salot Jr. and Todd Kramer, CEO of Secure Components on the issue of counterfeit and how it affects our economy on March 31st 11 pm EST. During the trip for the interview, Stan and Todd purchased a children’s watch at a retail store on Canal Street and sent it to an independent testing facility. The results are just in: sadly, the watch has higher than acceptable levels of lead and cadmium, both of them tied to serious illnesses, including Autism and cancer. As we know, media outlets often report on counterfeits and/or toxic materials in children’s toys, and those of us who listen tend to believe that this can be avoided if we were informed buying decisions. Unfortunately, as lab work and random testing suggests, that is not the case. Most toys test consistently off the chart on one type of toxin or another, sometimes several. Needless to say: if the toy is fake or counterfeit, it does not comply with many of the safety regulations. This week, join our host, Stan Salot and his guest, Mr. Todd Kramer to discuss their CBS interview and the ways industry is advocating for consumers.
People to People: Working Together for Your Safety
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We tell our children to wash their hands routinely, clean the kitchen and bathroom thoroughly (since they tend to harbor the most germs), and buy eco-friendly cleaners to protect our planet. But, despite our best efforts, hazardous and counterfeit materials are still slipping into our homes and environment. While you may know the basics of shopping for safe and environmentally friendly products, including the brands to look for, it is still easy to miss products that pose health risks. In fact, some hazardous materials, albeit small amounts, are allowed in the products we buy: musical birthday cards, earrings, light bulbs, hair bands and brushes, school supplies, and even electronic and non-electronic toys. Do you know that chemicals in common household products can be everywhere, from plastics to packaging to your garden hose?
Stan Salot Jr.
Mr. Salot is a leading expert in business and quality process management. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the ECC Corporation, he represents the interests of the U.S. industry in the International Electro-Technical Commission Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ). Mr. Salot is a member of several distinctive industry bodies, including the IECQ Chairman’s Advisory Group, the U. S. Technical Advisory Group for Environmental Management Standards, the U.S. SAE Working Groups for Counterfeit Mitigation Standards and the American National Standards Institute. Moreover, he was the chairman of the international IECQ Working Group 5 authoring the international certification scheme. This program is used by electrical, mechanical, toy and other consumer goods manufacturers to demonstrate their compliance with hazardous substance process management (HSPM). Mr. Salot is the current convener of the International Working Group 6 that maintains the International Counterfeit Mitigation Certification Scheme. A frequent guest speaker on radio and Internet TV programs, Mr. Salot is also the host of the VoiceAmerica Show called: People to People– Working Together for Your Safety. He is author of “The Hazardous Substance Process Management Handbook” and he regularly contributes articles in national and international technical journals and online magazines.