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Excess packaging suspected

SEVENTY products sold at the Gubei outlet of Carrefour and Shanghai First Food Store are suspected of having problems with being overpackaged.

Excess packaging wastes resources and pollutes the environment when the package is discarded.

The 70 products have been sent for further laboratory tests, the city’s quality watchdog said. The amount of empty space inside boxes is the key problem, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau found during an inspection on Friday.

The number of layers of packaging as well as the ratio of empty space inside boxes are the major criteria in determining excessive packaging, according to China’s national standard on packaging of food, which was implemented in 2010.

“Our inspections find that health products, tea, and wine have the largest amount of overpackaging,” said Zhou Yibin, an official with the bureau’s inspection team. Some businesses overpackage products to lift prices, making consumers pay extra for substandard packaging, Zhou added.

At the Gubei outlet of Carrefour in Changning District, 38 products suspected of being overpackaged were sent for tests.

At Shanghai First Food Store, eight gift boxes of wine made by Martell Co have also been sent for further tests.

The supermarket and food store have been ordered to increase their watchfulness over excess packaging.


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