Disney To Independently Test Toys Featuring Its Characters

The Walt Disney Company says it will independently test toys featuring its characters, following the recall of millions of toys by Mattel.

A Disney consumer products spokesman says the media conglomerate
will hire companies to randomly buy Disney-branded toys off store shelves and test for lead paint and other safety issues such as small parts that could come lose.

Burbank-based Disney will also start requiring all licensees such as Mattel Disney's largest toy vendor to submit their own test results before allowing products to hit shelves.

The tests will begin in the next two weeks and will also include jewelry and children's clothing.

Mattel has recalled more than 21 million Chinese-made toys worldwide over worries that they were tainted with lead paint or contained small magnets that could be swallowed by children.

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