Thursday, November 08, 2007

Mom: Chemical-Laced Toy Made Son 'Drunk'

Mom: Chemical-Laced Toy Made Son 'Drunk': "The toys were supposed to use 1,5-pentanediol, a nontoxic compound found in glue, but instead contained the harmful 1,4-butanediol, which is widely used in cleaners and plastics"

"It's not clear why 1,4-butanediol was substituted. However, there is a significant difference in price between the two chemicals. The Chinese online trading platform ChemNet China lists the price of 1,4 butanediol at between about $1,350-$2,800 per metric ton, while the price for 1,5-pentanediol is about $9,700 per metric ton. "

Seems pretty clear to me. Someone saved 80% on the chemical and decided the risk was worth it.