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Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns

Transformers News: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns

Friday, October 12th, 2007 3:21PM CDT

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Recently in the news there has been a lot of talk of lead paint contaminations, recalls and voluntary recalls of certain toys from China. This has mainly effected the Mattel company whose main toy lines are Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher Price and many more. As this threat of lead paint is on many consumers minds, CEO of Hasbro Al Verrecchia has issued a statement on Hasbro.com. Mr. Verrecchia states Hasbro's commitment to quality products, and what Hasbro does to ensure the safety of all it;s products.


Letter from Al Verrecchia
Statement on Toy Safety From Hasbro's Chief Executive Officer

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro, no issue is more important to me than the safety of our toys and of the children who enjoy them.

At Hasbro, we are proud that our own safety standards meet or exceed all federal regulations and that we set the highest standards for our own factories as well as our vendors wherever they may be located, including China. We are also proud that none of our toys or games was affected by the recent recalls related to lead paint.

To ensure compliance with our high standards, Hasbro requires tests and quality control checks at multiple stages of the manufacturing process. These procedures, which have been in place for many years, have always included - and continue to include - independent, third-party testing of our products.

Specific to the issue of lead paint: paints used on Hasbro products are tested and inspected before application on our products. We test the same paints during various stages of production, including on finished product as it leaves the production line and before it gets shipped.

In an abundance of caution, we are taking additional steps as part of our thorough proprietary safety procedures to confirm that our procedures are being adhered to and that we are doing everything possible to make the safest toys for your children. For example, we have increased the frequency of our product testing. We have also stepped up inspections of all of our products both in our company-owned plants in the United States and Ireland, as well as our vendors in China, and we will continue to make more frequent, unannounced visits.

Overseeing this effort is a team of full-time Hasbro quality control engineers and inspectors based in Hong Kong and China. These employees, who are part of Hasbro's U.S.-based global quality assurance team, are often present on the factory floors of our vendors to confirm the quality and safety of our products.

We hope this gives you a better understanding of Hasbro's quality control programs and the many steps we take to ensure the safety of our toys so that you can continue to purchase them with confidence. While I can't guarantee that a recall won't ever happen, I can promise that we are taking every possible precaution. What I can say, however, is that if an issue of product safety should arise, we will address it quickly, openly and decisively.

I would also like you to know that we maintain a strong working relationship with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Our in-house product safety experts interact regularly with CPSC officials to share information regarding our products and practices.

We continue to take the safety of our children - mine and yours - very seriously. That's my commitment to you - as a CEO, as a parent, and as a grandparent.

Sincerely,

Al Verrecchia
Chief Executive Officer



You can see the original statement here.
Credit(s): Hasbro.com
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Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (397868)
Posted by Counterpunch on October 12th, 2007 @ 3:44pm CDT
Two Transformers things in that pic.

No Star Wars!

Hasbro loves us more.
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (397876)
Posted by Fender Bender on October 12th, 2007 @ 3:51pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:Two Transformers things in that pic.

No Star Wars!

Hasbro loves us more.


They also own our souls, in regards to Star Wars fans, their just renting! :P
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (397914)
Posted by Bumblebee-otch on October 12th, 2007 @ 4:11pm CDT
the OP mask in that picture looks kind of like batman
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (397965)
Posted by i_amtrunks on October 12th, 2007 @ 4:40pm CDT
What blatant product placement! :P
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (397984)
Posted by Malikon on October 12th, 2007 @ 4:55pm CDT
and mistransformed as usual by hasbro. plus his wings are missing :P
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (397996)
Posted by Rogue. on October 12th, 2007 @ 5:11pm CDT
Further arguement that more (if not all) of our products should be manufactured here in the USA. Screw China.
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (398024)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on October 12th, 2007 @ 5:31pm CDT
Agreed thats not what toy shelves should look like :???:

This is what toy shelves should look like :grin:
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (398099)
Posted by Xgamer on October 12th, 2007 @ 6:30pm CDT
Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We would like to say we fully understand your concerns. You should have never bought Mattel. You should always stick with Hasbro. We don't use lead in paint. Thanks

Hasbro

P.S. Booyah Mattel


Hmmm... I like how the word "Monopoly" is in the background.
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (398248)
Posted by Senor Hugo on October 12th, 2007 @ 8:24pm CDT
Yay, that meas I don't have to stop licking my Transformers!

Woo for no lead-paint!
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (398384)
Posted by Susinko on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:04pm CDT
Senor Hugo wrote:Yay, that meas I don't have to stop licking my Transformers!

Woo for no lead-paint!


Thank you. You have just made my night!!!!

That's good news for us all. I'd hate to be buying my child the gift of lead poisoning.
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (398906)
Posted by Justicity on October 13th, 2007 @ 10:07am CDT
Air Commander Starscream wrote:Mr. Verrecchia states Hasbro's commitment to quality products,

When have they ever followed this commitment through? :P
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (398907)
Posted by City Commander on October 13th, 2007 @ 10:07am CDT
He looks evil to me.

Where'd his devil horns go?
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (399453)
Posted by Air Commander Starscream on October 13th, 2007 @ 2:43pm CDT
Justicity wrote:
Air Commander Starscream wrote:Mr. Verrecchia states Hasbro's commitment to quality products,

When have they ever followed this commitment through? :P



Ohhhhh Ba-zing! :P
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (399574)
Posted by Skowl on October 13th, 2007 @ 4:18pm CDT
I have nothing to say here other than the spotlight image on the front page is hilarious.

I'm sure the Hasbro guys will get a kick out of that, I know I sure did!
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (399630)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on October 13th, 2007 @ 4:55pm CDT
Air Commander Starscream wrote:
Justicity wrote:
Air Commander Starscream wrote:Mr. Verrecchia states Hasbro's commitment to quality products,

When have they ever followed this commitment through? :P



Ohhhhh Ba-zing! :P


Hey, most likely by chance, Hasbro just got lucky!

Let them milk it :P
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (399677)
Posted by Agent 007 on October 13th, 2007 @ 5:20pm CDT
good to hear
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (400517)
Posted by mattyc1007 on October 14th, 2007 @ 6:57am CDT
transformers are made in ireland?
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (407393)
Posted by Toyotus Superion on October 17th, 2007 @ 7:34pm CDT
This is great! Now if we can just get them to admit their is a drop in quality.......
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (407405)
Posted by AUTOBOT STITH on October 17th, 2007 @ 7:40pm CDT
Ya more Transformers of every season.
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (419017)
Posted by Auto Bot on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:50am CDT
At least i'm not gonna put a TF in my mouth.
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (419125)
Posted by Deadpool. on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:23am CDT
Auto Bot wrote:At least i'm not gonna put a TF in my mouth.
Waitasec... Tekka said that his girlfriend licks his TF figures... what if they do have lead paint.... :shock:
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (419151)
Posted by Leonardo on October 24th, 2007 @ 7:00am CDT
Xgamer wrote:Hmmm... I like how the word "Monopoly" is in the background.


Yes, good spot!
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (422797)
Posted by Auto Bot on October 26th, 2007 @ 2:26am CDT
Deadpool. wrote:
Auto Bot wrote:At least i'm not gonna put a TF in my mouth.
Waitasec... Tekka said that his girlfriend licks his TF figures... what if they do have lead paint.... :shock:


Kinky!
Re: Hasbro CEO Al Verrecchia Speaks Out On Lead Paint Concerns (426539)
Posted by GOLD5 on October 27th, 2007 @ 9:11pm CDT
So, does this apply to Takara import Binaltechs as well?
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