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Government plans stricter norms for imported toxic toys

Toxic toys no more child’s play
Source: The Indian Express, Date: December , 2008

topxic toys Endorsing the general concern on imported toys containing toxic and poisonous materials flooding the country, the Government has now taken measures to set stricter compliance standards for the toy manufacturers.

There has long been a great concern about sub-standard toys containing toxic and poisonous materials being imported into the country. A recent circular from Central Board of Excise and Customs states that import of all pre-packaged commodities inter alia, import of toys in packaged form, shall be subjected to compliance of all the provisions of the Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules 1977.

Of the total size of the toy industry, about Rs 1,000 crore is in organised sector and the remaining is in the unorganised sector, according to the Toy Association of India, which represents more than 500 members, including dealers and manufacturers.

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