I was concerned because I love Haba, and own so many Haba toys, but the cloth toys are made in China. So, I wrote to Haba about my concerns. Since several parents have asked my thoughts, I am posting Haba' reply.
I also wrote to Melissa and Doug about safety concerns, and did not receive a response. It has been a week.
Thank you for your faith and trust in Haba-you will not be disappointed!
In regards to our items not made in Germany:
1. All factories used in China MUST have ITCI certification.
2. Any wooden component in our soft goods-for instance the wooden head in Casalino or the Big Voyage wheels-is made in Germany and shipped to China for assembly.
3. Haba has a German based employee that audits any factory used by Haba-several times a year-to ensure who is making our toys, what is going into them and the quality coming out.
But as a mother of two-what speaks the most to me is the following: I had the EXTREME pleasure of meeting two of Mr Habermaass's children. Wonderful. family and environmentally based people. I KNOW that their children play with Haba, and the have the inside track! :))If you would like something official for your blog, please let me know and I can get you an official PR statement! But to me as a parent-Mr Habermaass's grandchildren and what they play with says it all!
Again thank you for your faith and trust!