China pledges safe exports ahead of holiday season

Updated: 2007-12-01 10:22

Guangzhou - Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi on Friday asked the country's quality watchdogs to beef up quality checks of food and toy exports ahead of the coming Christmas and New Year holidays.

"We must let no substandard products be exported (for the holiday season)," Wu said while addressing a work conference for the country's four-month-long nationwide product quality campaign launched in August.

"It's a good opportunity for us to re-establish the positive image of Chinese products by providing safe holiday goods for overseas customers," Wu told the conference in Guangzhou, the country's manufacturing hub.

Wu also asked the country's customs offices and quality and quarantine watchdogs to establish a network for information check-up by the end of the year in a bid to avoid the evasion of quality checks.

Chinese industries have been battered by a raft of reports detailing substandard products ranging from drugs to toys.

In the wake of product safety scandals, the Chinese government responded by introducing a new recall system this summer, embarking on the four-month nationwide product quality campaign and offered intensive training courses to domestic toy manufacturers.

Chinese exporters have learned a lesson from the toy recall crisis."Monitoring has been intensified to cover the entire process of production, including product design, raw materials and paint," according to Wu.

Poisonous paint was one of the major complaints in a spate of toy recall dramas in the past few months, which the domestic toy-making industry rejected as individual but not common cases.

It's the third time Wu Yi has headed a product quality inspection group in the past three months. The previous two examined food factories, restaurants and farm produce bases in Zhejiang, Shanghai and Shandong.

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