19 Dec 2008

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce pleased about toy ban

10:02 am on 19 December 2008

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce says its relieved the Governor has moved to ban toys and other products from China with excessive levels of lead.

Governor Togiola Tulafono says all products from China listed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are now banned from entry into the territory for use, sale or consumption.

The governor said it has been well documented that lead may cause irreversible neurological damage as well as kidney diseases, cardiovascular effects and reproductive problems.

Chamber President David Robinson says there have been too many incidents involving Chinese made products that have raised questions over consumer safety, given poor quality controls.

"Toys are one thing, but more interestingly I think is the attention to the banning of certain commodities. Some consumables, drinks have been coming in here and foodstuffs as well too which are not labelled in the English language and they should be, so consumers don't really know what they are buying."

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce President, David Robinson.