Chinese officials launch a "special war" against poor product quality, pledging improved inspections of slaughterhouses and markets and a crackdown on the use of fake materials. The campaign comes after recalls of millions of toys and other merchandise made in China.
JOHN YDSTIE, host:
Our business news starts with China declaring war on tainted products.
Chinese officials have launched a national campaign to polish China's battered image. They're calling it a special war against poor product quality. They say they will improve inspections and crack down on factories using illegal pesticides and fake materials.
This week the U.S. announced it is recalling tens of thousands more Chinese-made kid products because of concerns about lead paint. Yesterday, Wal-Mart said it will step up the testing of the toys it sells. It's eager to reassure consumers as the holiday shopping season approaches.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.