Poisonous and flawed products destroyed

Shanghai's border control authorities said it had investigated 15 cases in 2017 for flawed imported products, ranging from poisonous food to poor quality automobiles.

SHANGHAI’S border control authorities said it had investigated 15 cases in 2017 for flawed imported products, ranging from poisonous food to poor quality automobiles.

More than 9 tons of honey imported from Mexico and valued at US$34,000 were destroyed after varroa destructor was found in them, the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said.

Varroa destructor is an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees. An outbreak can seriously threaten the health of the domestic bee colony and affect the local products.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China issued a note, ordering ports nationwide to strengthen supervision and management of Mexican honey products following the case.

Early last year, the bureau said it had received 17 complaints about defective steering system in imported Ford Explorer vehicles. After investigating, it found about 180 cases of steering power failure nationwide, and broken dirt-proof boots in steering power components.

Ford China was then forced to recall 37,734 Explorer vehicles.

In other poor quality cases, a batch of facial masks imported from the United States were destroyed after pseudomonas aeruginosa, a disease-causing bacterium was found.

The facial masks were also found to contain excessive colony, mould, and yeast.

A batch of distilled spirits made in Austria were found to have excessive methanol. They were all destroyed.

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