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Monday, May 28, 2007

Concern about hazardous Chinese Exports continues to grow--even in China

More coverage on the hazards of Chinese imports in the context of last week's high level Chinese-American trade talks in Washington.

From the BBC based on a Beijing News report. This might signal the easing of the Chinese press grey-out of this information.

Some Chinese-made toys have been banned in the EU
More than 20% of Chinese-made toys and baby clothes are below standard, the country's consumer watchdog has said.

An investigation by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine found some were even dangerous, Beijing News said.
Some baby clothes contained harmful chemicals, the investigation found
In an article in the (Toronto, Canada) Globe & Mail covering other issues as well, pertinent to China-U.S. trade talks in Washington:

On Thursday, the United States officially asked China to increase oversight on food and drug exports. After the U.S. Congress becomes aware of how widespread and potentially dangerous such Chinese exports appear to be, it will not be just asking for oversight.

Already, the U.S. Food and Drug administration has banned imports of Chinese toothpaste, and warned U.S. consumers not to buy or eat imported fish from China labelled as monkfish. The toothpaste may have a deadly chemical that is used in car antifreeze, and the monkfish might actually be puffer fish, which has a potentially deadly toxin called tetrodotoxin.

the whole article is worth a read

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