China Finds Worms, Low Standards in US Goods

Beijing calls for global quality-control reforms
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 5:35 PM CDT
China Finds Worms, Low Standards in US Goods
A woman shops at the toy section inside a department store in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. China launched a nationwide campaign Tuesday to weed out unqualified toy makers in the wake of a massive worldwide recall of Chinese-made toys, following two weeks after Mattel Inc., the world's largest...   (Associated Press)

China got off the latest shot in the war over substandard imports, reporting today it had found tiny worms in wooden packaging and substandard vitamins and children’s fish oil imported from the US. Simultaneously, China unveiled a wide-ranging recall system for its own exports that requires manufacturers to stop production and sales when defects are discovered, Reuters reports.

The worms come on the heels of contaminated soybeans and sliced potatoes from the US—offering a counterpoint to a litany of US complaints in recent months about Chinese products ranging from toothpaste to toys. China also defended its own product standards to the WHO, saying global cooperation was needed to address the problem. (More quality control stories.)

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