China promises safe toys for Christmas

Other News Materials 18 October 2007 04:08 (UTC +04:00)

( News.com.au ) - CHINA'S top consumer standards official vowed today to ensure product safety of Chinese-made toys by Christmas.

"With Christmas approaching we want to make sure that kids get good toys and good prices," said Li Changjiang , the head of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

"We want to ensure that children have a merry Christmas."

The Chinese Government was strictly inspecting factories nationwide and actively working with companies to guarantee the safety of their products, he said.

China has been hit by a spate of product recalls, including toys and baby cribs, that have sullied the "Made in China" brand in the United States and around the world.

In recent days, a million Chinese-made Boy Scout badges were recalled in the United States, while Italian police seized more than 200,000 allegedly dangerous Chinese counterfeit toys worth $US7 million ($7.9 million).

While acknowledging some poor quality products, Mr Li said more than 90 per cent of Chinese products exported to the US were free of quality defects.

"These figures all along have been high, but we have not completely eliminated unsafe products," Mr Li said.

China is the world's top toy exporter, selling 22 billion toys overseas last year, 60 per cent of the globe's total.

To address the recent wave of poor quality Chinese-made products being discovered in the US, Mr Li said he was sending a vice minister to Washington this month to increase co-operation on the issue.