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“Mr. Director, Please Resign!”[Update]

It was recently discovered that medicine capsules had been manufactured with toxic materials made from scrap leather. Twenty-two people have been detained so far in this latest product safety scandal. On Sina Weibo, a netizen...

Homeowners Win Settlement on Drywall

Starting in 2009, some homeowners in Florida began notice noxious fumes coming from the drywall in their homes. It was soon discovered that the problematic drywall had been imported from China, which resulted in a number of...

US Consumer Watchdog Opens Office in China

In an effort to decrease the number of recalls of made-in-China products, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has opened an office in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. From BBC: According to the CPSC, 45% of the consumer...

Chinese Drywall Bills Die in House Committee

A bill proposed by G. Glenn Oder in the Virginia legislature to assist homeowners with problems experienced due to toxic Chinese drywall has died in a House Committee: Oder had proposed a bill that prevented insurance companies...

Mattel Settles Suit Over Lead in China-Made Toys

Mattel has settled a class action lawsuit over a recall of lead-tainted toys made in China, the Wall Street Journal reports: Co-plaintiff lead counsel Whatley Drake & Kallas said in a statement the settlement provides...

French Cars Fail Tests in China

From BBC: China has stopped importing several French-made models of Renault cars, after a safety watchdog said it had found “safety problems”. A Renault spokesperson said problems had occurred in transport and...

Mattel Fined $2.3 Million for Tainted Toys from China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has fined Mattel $2.3 million for lead-tainted toys that it imported from china. The fine stems from the toymaker’s 2007 recall of 95 types of toys and up to 2 million units,...

China-Made Kid’s Products Unsafe: State Media

From the Times of India: BEIJING: Nearly half of the clothing and a third of the furniture made for children in China’s top manufacturing province is unsafe, with many products containing harmful chemicals, state media...

Chinese Drywall Poses Potential Risks

Another Chinese product safety issue has arisen, that of toxic drywall. At the height of the U.S. housing boom, when building materials were in short supply, American construction companies used millions of pounds of...

China Move to Global Standards Damps Protectionism

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a US-based product safety  group, announced that Chinese product standards were improving, and the recognition of such standards would help decrease economic protectionism: Keith Williams,...

China clears Johnson & Johnson Products After Probe

The Times of India reports that China’s Food and Drug Association has tested and cleared Johnson & Johnson products of allegedly containing carcinogens.  The charges started when the US-based Campaign for Safe...

China 2008: Food & Product Safety

CDT has produced a series of posts which summarize the key issues facing China in 2008. This latest installment focuses on food and product safety. Previous post in the China 2008 series include: China and the Developing World,...

U.S., Europe Warn China on Toy Safety

Both the European Union and the United States have urged China to increase its safety efforts, particularily towards unsafe toys, as the holiday season approaches.  In 2007, over 20 million Chinese toys were recalled for a...

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