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  1. Joyce May 13, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    Good information and insight. Stories, like this, make you very cautious, before you buy. “BUYER BEWARE” comes to mind.

  2. Keith May 16, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

    Wow, that’s good to know. How scary! What do they think they put in the drywall?

    I have friends who won’t buy toys from China for their 2 year old because they think the toys will blow up one day. I always thought it was ridiculous. Has their actually been stories like that?

  3. Brittany May 17, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

    Keith,

    According to an article by Fox News, researchers think that some sort of reaction takes place between the chemicals in the drywall over time. As far as what’s in it, they’re still not sure what’s causing the problem. With as many complaints as have been surging the country now about it, I’m sure something will be identified soon.

    As far as exploding toys, I don’t believe that’s every happened. Mostly, parents were concerned about the lead paint on the toys causing their children to get sick.

    Either way, I’m watching out for that “MADE IN CHINA” stamp from now on, just to be on the safe side.

“Made in China”? Send it back

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Back in 2007, it was a massive recall of toys, dog food and toothpaste that had millions of products taken off the shelves. All of these products shared a stamp that nine out of 10 American household items do: “Made in China.”

Today, a new concern has made its way from the East.

Is it lead paint again this time? What about poison? Maybe it’s antifreeze? As of yet, no one seems to really know the exact cause.

What is known is that thousands of people are beginning to complain about an array of health problems that appear to be related to Chinese drywall.

Florida has been the state most affected. According to NewsInferno.com, it has something to do with drywall that was imported from China during Florida’s construction boom years of 2004 to 2005. The news blog also reported that whatever is being emitted from these walls – many describe a corrosive gas-like smell, something like sulfur – is corroding metal wiring such as copper, causing heating and cooling systems to fail.

Whatever the instigating chemical, as it appears to be, hundreds of families nationwide are experiencing symptoms such as nosebleeds and upper respiratory infections, with most blaming the drywall.

The concern surrounding this is so great that a new form has been added to many real estate listing agreements regarding Chinese drywall, creating a new legal problem for American builders.

With most American products “Made in China,” this is more than a serious problem. The American people have to ask, “Why?” Is it a simple lack of care or attention, cutting costs, inadvertently cutting lives? Is it a premeditated plot for power? These questions have all been posed, but no solid answers have yet surfaced.

Avoiding products with a Chinese stamp might be your best bet at avoiding these potentially serious health issues, but how do you watch out for something that’s just about everywhere?

Brittany @ May 8, 2009

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