BEIJING -- China has established a blacklist
of companies that have violated rules on the quality of exports, the commerce
ministry said Saturday amid growing global concern about the safety of
"We have set up a blacklist system
for companies in the exporting sector and punished some companies that have
violated laws and regulations," Vice Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said in
remarks posted on the ministry's website. "Already 429 companies have been
A woman selling Chinese made toys waits for customers at a
shopping center in Beijing, 02 August 2007. [AFP]
Gao said the recent examples of companies that had been targeted included two
firms that illegally added a deadly chemical to food products blamed for killing
thousands of US pets.
The two companies, Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. and
Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd., had their export foreign trade
licences revoked, Gao said.
Gao stressed the government line that Chinese products were overwhelmingly
safe and of high quality, and called on foreign media not to hype the problems
of a small minority of goods or companies.
"China will strengthen international cooperation on the safety of products,"
Gao was quoted as saying.
A delegation of US officials in Beijing hammered out "basic frameworks" for
two agreements seeking to reassure US consumers that Chinese-made goods met
safety standards, Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt said on
China, where the former drug and food safety watchdog chief was executed last
month for corruption, has also cancelled the licences of six medicine
Ban imposed on Indonesian seafood
China has banned Indonesian seafood after checks turned up dangerous
contamination, the Beijing government's food regulator said.
China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine said on its Web site late Friday that seafood shipments shipped after
that date would be returned or destroyed.
Seafood received before Friday will be carefully inspected, the agency said.
The announcement did not cite any specific seafood products but the Chinese
administration said Indonesian products have been found to contain mercury and
cadmium, metals that can accumulate in water and soil from burning garbage,
mining or other industrial processes. Both contaminants also have been linked to
nerve damage, cancer, and other health problems.
The agency also said Indonesian products had been found to contain
nitrofural, an anti-bacterial agent that could cause cancer in laboratory