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Report says Amazon is Selling “Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled” Products

A new Wall Street Journal report says Amazon is selling “thousands” of “banned, unsafe or mislabeled products” on its site. The WSJ found more than 4,000 items for sale that federal agencies have recalled or declared unsafe for public use.

WSJ reporter Shane Shifflett says, “Compared to a traditional retail store there’s very little vetting that goes on.”

One of the products WSJ found for sale on Amazon was an infant sleeping mat the FDA said could possibly suffocate babies. They also found beauty products that were falsely labeled “FDA approved.” The most disturbing were products and toys made for children that were considered dangerous.

According to Shifflett, “One in particular was a children’s musical set came back and had illegal levels of lead in the paint in the Xylophone. The listing claims all kind of certifications. It said CPC certified, it said FDA approved. There is no FDA approval for children’s toys.”

Despite the WSJ report, Amazon said they invested over $400 million in 2018 to, “ensure products offered are safe, compliant, and authentic.”

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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