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Cabinet creates Web site to list unsafe imports

Cabinet creates Web site to list unsafe imports

The Cabinet has created a new Web site for the disclosure of unsafe imports, particularly those from China, Cabinet Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) announced at a news conference yesterday.
The Web site is located at http://www.unsafeimports.nat.gov.tw.
Chen also displayed several unsafe Chinese products, including bedding with unsafe formaldehyde levels, a towel containing cancer-causing benzidine, toothpaste containing excessive diethylene glycol, children's garments made with fluorescent material, and frozen shrimp, all of which failed inspection.
Chen said the products are dangerous and could jeopardize consumers' health.
The Cabinet also set up a special team on August 2 to integrate information and efforts at the ministerial level to study topics related to import safety and to effectively stop unsafe goods from entering Taiwan, said Chen, who also heads the team.
Chen said the team will integrate information on unsafe imports on a weekly basis and call regular press conferences to make the information public. The team will also urge authorities at all levels to notify the public about unsafe products on their own Web sites, and to publish the latest information about major international unsafe product cases, including the names of importers and manufacturers of unsafe products, reasons why products failed inspections, and the handling of such cases.
Chen said consumers can also dial "1950" to reach local consumer service centers for information about unsafe imports and can submit complaints on problematic products to the centers or via the Consumer Protection Commission Web site (http://www.cpc.gov.tw).
The Cabinet said it will tighten up the examination of Chinese-made products, products that have failed inspections in other countries, products that have high percentages of failing inspections, and products that are highly related to the public's health and safety.
The Cabinet will also learn about other countries' measures for dealing with unsafe imports, Chen added.
The Cabinet's move follows recent safety scares linked to Chinese-made products, including unsafe food additives, toothpaste, farmed fish, toys, tires, and ceramic heaters.
In Asia and other part of the world, China has long been notorious for its unsafe and counterfeit products, especially Chinese herbs containing dangerous heavy metals.


Updated : 2021-03-01 00:10 GMT+08:00