Here's an odd question, falling somewhere between rumor and history...
When my wife was very little, she contracted and illness that turned her purple and sent her to the children's hospital in the middle or late 1970s. No one at the hospital could diagnose the illness except for an intern who had just returned from somewhere in Asia, and who said that it was relatively common there. Whatever treatment he suggested worked quickly, and she recovered just fine. It was a long time ago, and her mom has since lost the details. She had lots of plush toys when she was little. I think there might have been some connection someone in her family suggested.
I recall at about that time adults in my town were being cautious about 'those stuffed animals from Hong Kong. They're making kids sick with some disease from China."
I've been searching the 'net for information on what it might have been that she had, or any news reports suggesting caution for imported plush toys, but with no results. It might have been "Kawasaki's Syndrome" that she developed, but we're not sure.
Anyone recall these concerns, rumors, etc? Is there any connection to this and the 'made with all new materials' that you see occasionally on modern plush toys? Is there no related connection here?