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3.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive Origin, February 25, 2009
This review is from: Thinkbaby Complete BPA Free Feeding Set, Orange, 6 Months (Baby Product)
This is a nice set, however it claims to be made in Korea and the truth is parts of it are made in China. The spoon and fork clearly have "made in China" stamped on them with ink that washes off.
Here is the founders response;
All of the products in the Feeding Set except the spoon and fork are made in Korea. We do third-party testing on all of our products to make sure that they are adhere to our chemical policies. We were unable to find someone that could make the spoon and fork in Korea. Although, the reality of it, is that most products that say Made in somewhere other than China are actually still made in China and just assembled somewhere else. But the real issue is still not China. I previously worked for a testing lab funded by NIH, and there was equal concern across every major country, especially the US.

Warmest,

Kevin

Kevin Brodwick

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thinkbaby

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Initial post: Mar 17, 2009 11:20:54 AM PDT
The above post makes it sound like the pieces of the Feeding Set were made in China. Since this could easily be taken out of context, we wanted to be clear. The Feeding Set is made in Korea. The fork and spoon are made in China. Further the fork and spoon are labeled made in China.

The point of the communication is two fold. First, a lot of products that are on the market say, "Made in XYZ country", when in fact that are actually manufactured in China and assembled in XYZ country.

Second, despite everyone's fears of China. The reality is that the issue largely falls on US shoulders. Our lack of governmental policy over the last 8 years has allowed all sorts of chemicals to find their way into US hands. Having worked for a lab funded by the National Institutes of Health, we were involved in testing products from every corner of the globe. The reality is that there were problematic products coming from every where. This absolutely includes the United States. The responsibility therefore falls on the shoulders of the producing company to make sure that the products are safe. The safety of products is our core reason for being. We conduct both biological and chemical testing. However, we please note that we never conduct animal testing.

There is an important book called Exposed, which highlights the safety and reality of what has transpired in our country in relation to consumer product safety. Its probably for sale on Amazon.

Best Regards,

Kevin Brodwick
founder of thinkbaby

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009 7:54:44 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 20, 2009 3:08:30 PM PDT
J. Barry says:
Thank you for posting that response from Kevin! Thank you also for posting all of his contact info and website information. I was able to get a lot more info about the product from the website, and do more research. I'm going to buy TWO of these feeding sets, one for each daughter. I wish I could afford to buy FOUR sets, so I can rotate them between the dishwasher and lunch boxes. Maybe I'll pick up more along the way!

Regarding your conspiracy theory about the attempt to "hide" the fact that the products are made in China, I can understand your concerns about discovering that so many parts are manufactured in China and assembled elsewhere. Problem is, if every single country of origin was listed for each single part manufactured for every product we import, the attempt to cover all this info would be a slippery slope. Do you list where each ingredient in the plastics came from, too? If not, why not? What about the metal parts, where did that mineral originate from? Where is the factory that turned these raw materials into parts? What if the plastic was made in bulk in one country, formed into parts in another country, then assembled in another, then shipped to a packaging plant in another country? Where do you draw the line? It's a little absurd to claim intentional misinformation on the part of the seller.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 10:21:34 AM PDT
Erica says:
Thank you for your response Kevin! I do not know why the other poster interpreted you as blaming the consumer, you clearly said the responsibility is that of the producing company.

Anyway, if one wants to choose only items that are made locally, then so be it - this set would not be for you either way. But to assume that only "toxic" products come from China and to assume that only China creates toxic products is naive. If we want safer or more eco-friendly products, avoiding everything made in China is not going to assure us of that. We need to be conscious consumers, but also push the government to make policies that better restrict the COMPANIES using chemicals and toxins that we do not want in our lives!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 9:28:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 9:29:25 AM PDT
Here-o says:
I thought thinkbaby's comment and letter were very clear. We'd be hard pressed to find anything that is completely made in one country anymore. Even our domestic US cars have parts made in China and other parts of the world, yet we still label the car as domestic.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 8:11:08 AM PST
NNugles says:
Thank you, Here-O. The "all-American" Ford Mustang for example has only 65% of it's parts made in the US (2011, according to NHTSA). RC2 Corporation is another US company, and consumers generally like their stuff. Regardless, over 90% of RC2 products are manufactured in China... including their brands TheFirstYear and Lamaze.

Sure bad products come from China (as they do from all other countries). The responsibility ultimately doesn't fall on Chinese manufacturers... but the company ordering the products in their specification and quality control.

GreenMama27 gave this 3 stars for "deceptive origins", but I wonder how well the product actually works.
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