The US and China have agreed to work together to improve the standards of imported goods, after a recent series of high-profile recalls of products due to safety fears. Officials have agreed to coordinate standards of toys, electrical goods, cigarette lighters and fireworks. The US would come down hard on any violations of its safety laws, said Nancy Nord of the Consumers’ Union: “I think it’s important that all of us understand that this problem has to be addressed on a number of different levels. It requires the cooperation of industry, both US industry and Chinese manufacturers. It involves cooperation between the two governments.”
For its part, China has brought in a raft of safety measures. However, officials have also suggested that recent problems were over hyped by the US media. On Monday, the New York Times reported that Walt Disney is to start testing its toys in the wake of three voluntary recalls of Mattel toys found to have unsafe levels of lead paint. Toy industry executives will face questions over the issue from a US Senate sub committee later today.