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Tribune staff reportersBrightly colored children's bracelets and necklaces line the display case of a Chinese manufacturer in this factory town. Adorned with mini school buses, sandals and other charms, the jewelry sits ready to be sold to foreign and domestic buyers. It also...
Tribune staff reporterSitting in a windowless conference room surrounded by the remote-control toy Ferraris and Mercedes he sells the world over, factory owner Kuma Gu summed up what it's like to manufacture products for American consumers these days. "A lot of Chinese...
Tribune staff reporterIn a year filled with recalls and substandard or tainted consumer products (toys, cribs, children's jewelry, pet food, seafood, toothpaste), the notion that dinnerware was somehow safe seemed naive. Historically, lead has been used in dinnerware's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWHEN A restaurateur is faced with a sushi chef shortage, what to do? Open a sushi school. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi of the Katsuya restaurant empire has teamed with the president of Japanese food importer Mutual Trading Co. to launch a...
Rabbi Shimon Freundlich picked up the phone in Beijing, and a Chinese factory boss launched his pitch. He wanted to join the growing ranks of Chinese exporters who have earned a kosher seal of approval. He promised to follow the rules and to welcome...
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Tribune reporterWhole Foods Market has long trumpeted its premium chocolate bars for being made the old-fashioned way, in Switzerland. But two years ago it added another manufacturing claim to the product's labels—one that would appeal to millions of Americans who...
Chicago Tribune reporterFederal regulators urged retailers to pull more Simplicity bassinets from their shelves after Illinois attorney general staffers purchased models that could kill a baby but were excluded from a federal alert issued last week. The most troubling aspect of...
Tribune ReportersSome companies would be permitted to skirt independent lab testing of children's products in favor of their own in-house certification, thanks in large part to lobbying by the world's biggest toymaker, the Tribune has found. Toymaker Mattel Inc. argued...
Many Chicago-area stores are routinely selling lead-tainted toys, including items with levels more than 10 times government safety limits, testing by the Tribune shows. In one of the most comprehensive inquiries into lead in children's products, the...
From ReutersThe U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in October as a record price for imported oil outweighed the export-spurring benefits of a weaker dollar, a Commerce Department report showed Wednesday. Rising oil costs also propelled U.S. import prices 2.7%...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe dollar has lost a big chunk of its global purchasing power since the end of 2001 -- an average of 37%, as measured by one index that tracks the greenback against other major currencies. Gauging the decline is easy; explaining why the buck has slumped...
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