06 August 2007 16:58 [Source: ICIS news]
By Joe Chang
NEW YORK (ICIS news)--With all the hubbub about imports of tainted Chinese goods and chemicals, it’s hard to find a silver lining.
Just last week US toy maker Fisher-Price announced the recall of an astonishing 83 brands, encompassing 1.5m toys worldwide, because of lead paint. They were made by a Chinese vendor.
The action follows another recent high profile recall by toy maker RC2, which recalled 1.5m wooden railroad toys made in ?xml:namespace>
Worldwide, governments, consumer product firms and chemical distributors are taking notice, and will tighten their screening of materials sourced from
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), for instance, is working with Chinese government agencies to boost product inspections and identify Chinese manufacturers of dangerous consumer products.
What can the chemical industry do to ensure product quality and safety?
About 67% of all
The CPSC says
In 2006, 48% of all notified dangerous consumer products, such as toys, electrical appliances, motor vehicles, lighting equipment and cosmetics were Chinese imports, according to the European Commission.
You want to make sure that suppliers meet your standards so ultimately there will be a need for more quality testing and this will add to costs. The current situation has been brought about by the desire for lower prices.
Yet purchasing professionals and the standards they invoke their supplier to adhere to have more clout than any government imposed restrictions, as president of the
"I am sure in the long term these issues will be resolved through economics, so I hope the
The detrimental impact of negative publicity and fears about Chinese goods is not lost on the country's government – the economy is dependent on export growth. But at times an apparent lack of resources and personnel obscure a willingness to act.
Yet, the recent execution of
Ultimately, the bad publicity must lead to action. Otherwise, “made in
Doris de Guzman contributed to this story
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