Tuesday, May 29, 2007

20% of Chinese toys, baby clothes fail safety inspections

Last Updated: Monday, May 28, 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

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Inspectors found garbage stuffed in plush toys, harmful chemicals in baby milk powder Last Updated: Monday, May 28, 2007 | 11:10 AM ET CBC News About 20 per cent of toys and baby clothes manufactured in China failed safety tests and could hurt children, the Beijing News reported Monday.

The newspaper, which attributed the figure to Chinese officials, said an investigation by the General Administration of Quality Supervision said that when it tested children's toys and clothing, one in five of the items failed safety inspections.

...The Xinhua news agency reported last week that as of June 1, toys will have to pass a safety test before they can be introduced into the marketplace.

China's food and drug safety record has come under scrutiny in recent months, with U.S. investigators suggesting that Chinese companies are using potentially harmful ingredients in their products.

Last week, U.S. health officials began checking shipments of toothpaste from China after thousands of tubes of imported toothpaste were withdrawn from the marketplace in other countries.

...An investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that imported wheat flour from China was tainted with melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers.

...On Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it had intercepted one shipment of corn gluten imported from China that tested positive for melamine and cyanuric acid.

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