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Chinese official says locally made pajamas declared safe by New Zealand

Chinese official says locally made pajamas declared safe by New Zealand

China welcomed Thursday the results of a New Zealand investigation that found that Chinese-made pajamas met safety standards amid worldwide concern about the quality of its exports.
Alarm over the quality of the clothes was triggered after two children in New Zealand were reportedly injured when their sleep wear caught fire earlier this month.
Last week, New Zealand's Commerce Commission, a consumer watchdog, said "The Warehouse Red Stamp" brand passed flammability tests conducted by an independent lab.
The commission said in its statement that the China-made pajamas were qualified to carry the "low fire danger" label.
"The results show that sleep wear produced in China is up to safety standards," Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Wang Xinpei said at a regular news briefing Thursday. "The Chinese government welcomes the New Zealand government's objective, careful and efficient testing."
Authorities in New Zealand also launched an investigation after children's clothes imported from China were found to contain dangerously high levels of formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical that gives clothes a permanent-press effect. Results from that inquiry have yet to be released.
Chinese-made products have come under intense scrutiny around the world in the past six months after high levels of toxins have been found in a variety of exports, from toys to juice.
After some initial reluctance, Beijing has launched an aggressive campaign to win back consumer confidence by issuing new regulations, vowing to crack down on violators and setting up a Cabinet-level panel to monitor quality.
"We will not evade any quality problems," Wang said. "We will conduct investigations and carefully make changes to improve product quality."
Even so, authorities have also sought to remind the public that product safety is a global issue _ not just a problem for China.
The overseas edition of the People's Daily newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said in a front page commentary that the United States was "fully to blame" in a recent recall of 18.2 million Chinese-made toys by Mattel Inc.
The products, ranging from Polly Pocket dolls to Barbie play sets, were pulled from the shelves because of a revision of international standards in May that required safety warnings for toys with magnets or magnetic components not attached tightly.
"Many of the products made in China are designed in ... the United States," the editorial said. "The United States should reconsider its internal inspections and supervision procedures."
Also Thursday, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it had found "poisonous and dangerous substances" in almost 22 tons of frozen potato chips imported from the United States. It did not give details but mentioned carbonyl and high acid levels.
"The chips have been destroyed according to Chinese laws," the agency said in a statement on its Web site. "AQSIQ has informed its American counterpart and asked for an investigation and the adoption of effective measures to avoid similar incidents."


Updated : 2021-06-15 02:36 GMT+08:00