Archive for the ‘General Administration of Quality Supervision’ Category

China fails to deliver on product safety: European watchdog

July 24, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – China has failed to respond adequately when asked to act on complaints from European nations about unsafe Chinese exports, the EU’s consumer watchdog chief said here Tuesday.

Under an accord that took effect in May last year, China agreed to provide reports every three months on the actions taken in response to complaints from the European Commission about problem Chinese goods.

But European Commissioner for Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva told reporters that China had only provided two such reports since then.

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China may need a fresh approach to regulating its often unruly economy

July 8, 2007

By Joseph Kahn
International Herald Tribune
July 8, 2007

BEIJING: Phony fertilizer destroys crops. Store shelves are filled with deodorized rotten eggs, and chemical glucose is passed off as honey. Exports slump when European regulators find dangerous bacteria in packaged meat.

More product safety scandals in China? Not this time. These quality problems prompted a sluggish U.S. government to tighten food and drug regulation 101 years ago, when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the act that created the Food and Drug Administration.

Like America’s industrializing economy of a century ago, China’s is powered by zealous entrepreneurs who sometimes act like pirates. In both cases there were epidemics of fatal fakes, and regulators too inept, corrupt or hamstrung to do much about it.

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