03 August 2007 20:46 [Source: ICIS news]
By Doris de Guzman
China is currently at the centre of an export scandal as US government agencies recalled several tainted products made from China including toothpaste with diethylene glycol, pet food contaminated with melamine, seafood containing antimicrobial agents and toys coated with lead-contained paint.
“The businesses that are being harmed by these quality issues are the type of end users who are focused primarily on price,” said Mike Efting, president and chief executive of Viachem. “These problems highlight the need to work with and through qualified partners who can be trusted to pay attention to detail when it comes to product safety.”
Companies themselves need to ensure that their Chinese suppliers meet current
“Until there is a fully legalised society in
“There are many ingredients that are only available from
“However, we do see some decline in the purchase of Chinese-sourced ingredients from mid-size and smaller food companies as they typically do not have the resources to perform their own inspections and are not familiar enough with China to understand what is available,” Wells added.
On Thursday, US toy maker Fisher-Price announced a recall of 83 toy brands encompassing about 1.5m toys worldwide because of lead paint. The toys were manufactured by a Chinese vendor.
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