While Christmas toys wait safely under the tree for their big day later this month, you might be surprised to learn how much testing they went through before they hit the shelves. Some of the testing that makes sure those gifts are child-ready goes on right here in Georgia. In the port city of Savannah, a new facility has opened to test all types of products coming into the U.S. Chemists in the lab have found some surprising violations, including candy laced with cocaine and stuffed animals stuffed with arsenic.
Georgia does a lot of business with China. We sell the country lots of forestry products and chickens. So why don't some industry groups want to comment on a trade dispute currently in the U.S. Senate? Some of them have unresolved complaints with the Chinese. Or their members are divided.
Georgia exports rose to an all-time high of $28 billion last year. The US Census recently released information about the value of the nation's international trade. The numbers show Georgia's top exports are wood pulp, poultry, kaolin and carpet. Top destinations are Brazil, Mexico and China.