Faulty American designs and conflicting global standards for safety are at the root of the mass recalls of Chinese-made toys by Mattel Inc., a top quality official said Monday.
Defending the overall quality of Chinese workmanship, Li Changjiang, director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said recent export problems stemmed from ``different standards that China and the United States apply to different products.''
``That would lead to difficulty in defining whether a product is problematic,'' Li added at a news conference without elaborating.
His comments were the latest in China's effort to show it is striving to overcome safety woes and is a trustworthy manufacturer. But continuing discoveries of high levels of chemicals and toxins in Chinese goods - from toothpaste and clothes to fish and juice - are making that an uphill task.
This month, Mattel, the world's largest toy maker, recalled almost 19 million Chinese-made dolls, cars and action figures because they were contaminated with lead paint or contained small, powerful magnets that could damage a child's organs if swallowed. Source...