China - Quality and Safety Inspection Results of Imported Consumer Goods Published
Vol. 911 | May 26, 2016
The General Administration of Quality supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) recently published the inspection results of some sensitive and high-risk imported consumer goods, including imported car seats for children, apparel, food contact articles and disposable sanitary products.
In 2015, CIQ launched surveillance on 74,877 batches of imported apparel (6.32% more than 2014). Of these, 31,312 batches of imported apparel were tested in the inspection. 1,839 batches were found to be unqualified and failure rate was 5.87% (1.62% less than 2014).
The primary failure items were fiber content, colorfastness, pH value and Chinese labeling.
The failed products were mainly imported from the U.S. (10.28% of total failure), Korea (7.55%), China (5.17%) and Italy (4.93%).
The inspected apparel was classified into infant apparel, children’s apparel, adult apparel and other apparel. The failure rate was 7.62% for adult apparel, 7.30% for children’s and infant apparel.
Imported Children’s Car Seats
Children’s Car seats have been listed as compulsory inspected products since February 1st, 2015.
The China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) launched inspections on 1,225 batches of imported children’s car seats in 2015, mainly imported from 18 countries or regions including Germany, UK, Japan, the U.S., France and Italy. CIQ launched on-site inspections on 1,109 batches (failure rate 19.7%) and lab testing on 92 batches (failure rate 4.35%). The primary reasons for failure included unqualified labeling, no Chinese labeling or use instruction, flammability and dynamic tests.
In the first quarter of 2016, CIQ inspected 240 batches of imported children’s car seats and 18 batches were found unqualified. Failure rate was 7.5%, which was much lower than 2015. The unqualified products were mainly imported from Germany, Poland and France.
Imported Food Contact Articles
In 2015, national inspection and quarantine institutions launched inspections on 108,000 batches of imported food contact articles (35.7% more than 2014). The product categories included ceramic goods, plastic goods, metal goods, paper goods, household electrical appliances and others.
Of these, 8,331 batches were found to be unqualified and the failure rate was 7.71% that was highest in the past five years. Primary reasons for failure were no Chinese labeling or wrong labeling, safety and hygiene items (including excessive levels of lead and cadmium migration in ceramic, decolorization and excessive levels of evaporation residue and acrylonitrile monomer in plastic, excessive levels of heavy metal migration in metal product, excessive levels of evaporation residue in coating, excessive levels of fluorescence and lead content in paper goods and excessive level of heavy metals in household electrical appliances).
Imported Disposable Sanitary Products
In 2015, CIQ launched inspections on 16,800 batches of disposable sanitary products including baby diapers, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, etc. Products were mainly imported from about 30 countries or regions including Japan, Korea, the U.S., Canada, EU, South Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Of these, 3,999 batches were found to be unqualified and failure rate was 23.9%. Primary failure items were labeling, microbe, packaging and no support document for organic certificate.
Unqualified products have been returned or destroyed by CIQ according to relevant laws and regulations.
For additional information please contact:
Shanghai Ms.Caroline Xin
Tel: +86 21 6091 7608
Guangzhou Ms.Liu Hui Li
Tel: +86 20 2820 9274
Tianjin Ms.Linda Zhang
Tel: +86 22 2385 7393