Canada says it won’t buy Canadian company that sells Barbie doll
— Canadian company Bealls department stores will not sell or license Barbie dolls made by the company, citing concerns over the company’s manufacturing processes.
The Canadian Toys and Games Association said it would not license the Barbie brand.
In a statement, the association said it believes that the Barbie doll brand has not achieved the high standards of quality expected by consumers.
The association said Bealls decision came after it heard from multiple parties, including retailers and manufacturers, about the Barbie dolls.
“Bealls was made aware of concerns raised by retailers and manufactures about the manufacturing processes of Bealls products,” the statement said.
“Bealls also received representations from several suppliers that the production process was not consistent with the high quality of the Barbie products that Bealls has been producing for many years.”
The statement said the association believes Bealls’ decisions are in the best interest of children and children’s health.
Bealls spokeswoman Julie Lefebvre said the company is in the process of working with the association to resolve the situation.
“We want to assure parents and other members of the public that our products are the highest quality available and that they are safe for our customers to use,” she said in a statement.
Lefebre said Bels goal is to have a high quality product and is committed to ensuring that products are manufactured at high quality and that our manufacturing processes are consistent with our own.
Some parents and retailers expressed concerns about the dolls, especially after it was reported that a Canadian toy company was planning to make more dolls.
Bealls has made a name for itself in the Canadian toy market for decades, selling toys and accessories that children enjoy.
It is one of the few major Canadian retailers that does not sell Barbie dolls and is known for making dolls that are more sophisticated and unique than Barbie.