- Title: USA: China hopes toy recall will not hurt trade with U.S.
- Date: 16th August 2007
- Summary: (BN17) WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 15, 2007) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FIRST COMMERCIAL SECRETARY OF THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON D.C., ZHAO BAOQING SAYING: "The punishment will not be limited to fines. The violators or offenders may face prison sentences."
- Embargoed: 31st August 2007 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: International Relations,Economic News
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- Story Text: China's sending delegations to the United States following the toy crisis which has seen millions of products withdrawn from shop shelves.
China is to send a delegation to the United States later this month following the recall of millions of toys from shop shelves throughout the world.
It's embassy in Washington held a news conference on Wednesday (August 15) to update reporters on the crisis.
The toy manufacturer Mattel recalled a number of popular children's toys due to hazards including small powerful magnets, that could be swallowed, to potentially poisonous lead paint.
The products include over seven million Polly Pocket, Batman Magna, Doggie Daycare and Shonen Jump's One Piece play sets.
Zhao Bao Qing, first commercial secretary of the Chinese embassy, told a news conference the company was cheated by a paint supplier. He said that similar offenders would be punished. And he warned those responsible could be sent to jail.
He added that Chinese authorities were looking into the matter and were in talks with their American counterparts in an effort to resolve the issue of trade.
"Let us put the limited problems we have found with product safety and food safety against this huge trade volume. I can't say that it is normal but it is at least understandable." said Zhao.
Zhao also told reporters that senior-level Chinese delegations are due in the United States in August and September to discuss food and product safety Talks with U.S. officials of the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commisson will focus on the recent problems and Chinese safety measures.
The first delegation will arrive later this month, and a second, higher-level delegation will visit in September.
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