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Global Connections Edition
HOW TO USE THE U.S/CHINA MEDIA BRIEF
The U.S./China Media Brief seeks to assist media outlets and journalists to cover U.S.-China relations. We offer easily-accessible information materials ranging from online interviews to written articles on Sino-American issues.
Product Safety Main

In 2007, China-related product safety issues dominated news headlines around the world when a number of Chinese exports were found to be contaminated, including tainted melamine-laced pet food, toxic toothpaste, unsafe tires, chemical-laden seafood, counterfeit pharmaceuticals and medicines, and millions of lead-painted toys. While Chinese media report problems involving substandard food, drugs and other goods almost every other day, the issue gained worldwide attention when pet food contaminated with melamine, all traced back to China, sickened or killed thousands of pets in United States. In the summer of 2007, Mattel, the world’s largest toy maker, which manufactures about 65% of its toys in China, issued a recall of nearly 20 million China-made toys, although about 17.4 million toys were actually recalled due to design flaws that had nothing to do with lead paint or Chinese manufacturers. China has also become known as the world’s biggest supplier of counterfeit (both unauthorized and substandard) drugs, which have led to hundreds of deaths around the world in 2006 alone. Such safety concerns, and almost-routine product recalls have helped fuel anti-trade momentum in the U.S. and Europe.