NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- China has long been a catalyst of consumer product scares. Lumber Liquidators (LL) is just the latest in a string of companies to take heat over the safety of their China-imported products.
In 2007, perhaps the low point of China-made product scandals and recalls, warnings and bans on Chinese exports to the U.S. ran rampant across a wide range of industries, from toys to personal care products, tires to seafood.
Toy maker Mattel (MAT) issued a recall of nearly one million toys due to lead paint dangers -- and that wasn't even the biggest recall of the year. Thomas train manufacturer Rc2 recalled 1.5 million trains and accessories from a Chinese supplier that were coated in lead paint. One million pounds of what the Associated Press called "suspect Chinese seafood" arrived on American shelves that year, causing panic. Nearly half a million radial tires were hauled in after a New Jersey company disclosed its Chinese manufacturer had discontinued a safety feature that prevented the tires from coming apart.
And while rectifying measures have been taken, the corner hasn't yet been turned. In late 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an agreement with Chinese officials aimed at stopping the use of lead by Chinese manufacturers in toys exported to America. In 2011, the body established its first-ever foreign office in Beijing, the CPSC Regional Product Safety Office, with the primary purpose of educating and informing public and private sector officials in Asia who are involved in the safety of consumer products exported to the U.S.
Here's a look at Chinese-made products that have made American consumers shake in their boots.
In June 2007, U.S. consumers were advised to discard all toothpaste made in China after federal health officials discovered products containing diethylene glycol. The FDA identified a brand called ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste and several other toothpaste brands containing dangerous amounts of the poisonous chemical.
Though the 2007 scandal have come and gone, concerns regarding Chinese-made toothpastes remain. Last August, Hong Kong disclosed intentions to probe Colgate over a cancer-linked ingredient.