October 2, 2008 |
The World Trade Organization ruled largely against the United States in a dispute over American dumping charges on imports of 52 European products, including stainless steel, ball bearings and pasta. Washington broke international trade rules in dozens of instances in determining what fees to apply on goods from the European Union, a three-member WTO panel said. For some imports, the panel found the U.S. had not broken any agreements or declined to assess the EU's claims. WTO cases can result in punitive sanctions, but must go through years of process to reach that point.
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September 12, 2008 |
Federal officials on Thursday warned consumers to avoid buying any infant formula imported from China, citing reports of dozens of babies in that country who fell ill with kidney stones after drinking a brand called Sanlu, resulting in at least one death. The warning was aimed at Chinese American communities across the United States, including Southern California, home to one of the largest ethnic Chinese populations in the nation. Importing Chinese-manufactured baby formula into the U.S. is illegal, but federal officials say they know of at least one case in which a Chinese brand was found in a New York store in 2004.
April 30, 2008 |
The government needs $225 million more in funding and a range of new powers to protect Americans from unsafe drug imports, federal health officials said Tuesday while facing tough questioning from a congressional committee investigating a contaminated blood thinner from China. "We currently have a crisis and an opportunity to make real change," Deborah M. Autor, director of the Food and Drug Administration's drug compliance office, said at a House oversight subcommittee hearing. Autor joined Dr.
November 11, 2007 |
Parents should have no qualms about buying Chinese-made toys for children in the run-up to Christmas despite a surge in recalls of unsafe toys, the head of Europe's toy industry said. More than 20 million Chinese-made toys were recalled worldwide in the last four months because of excessive levels of lead paint and other unsafe components, stoking fears of reduced consumer confidence ahead of the Christmas retail period.
October 21, 2007 |
Three-quarters of U.S. shoppers plan to shun toys made in China this holiday season, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll. Of almost 1,000 people polled, 75.8% said they would not buy Chinese-made toys. The results come in the wake of several high-profile recalls this year of toys made in China that contained lead or small magnets.
September 11, 2007 |
A government-wide task force on the safety of imported products recommended Monday that "smarter" precautions be taken to keep unsafe goods out of the U.S. marketplace. Government agencies that regulate imports should collaborate to monitor products, develop new technology, and use additional preventive methods in stopping unsafe products from getting to store shelves, the task force said in a report.
August 16, 2007 |
The Chinese government went on the defense -- and offense -- Wednesday in response to the latest recall of goods made in that country, outlining Beijing's new safety provisions while reiterating charges that the U.S. has its own problems with unsafe exports. During a rare briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, government official Zhao Baoqing said Beijing would send two high-level delegations to the U.S., one this month and another in September, for talks about food and product safety.
August 9, 2007 |
Donnamax Inc., a supplier of cosmetics and beauty and household products, issued a voluntary recall of DentaPro and Bright Max brands of toothpaste made in China because they may contain a harmful chemical. Diethylene glycol, also known as diglycol or DEG, has not caused any poisoning that the Food and Drug Administration is aware of, the New York company said. It can harm children and people with kidney or liver disease, the statement said.
July 19, 2007 |
The U.S. is seeking consultations with China over rules on music downloading and cinema rights that appear to discriminate against foreign sound recordings and films, a U.S. trade official said Wednesday. Hollywood studios and U.S. Internet music providers such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes store could be among the groups that suffer from "less favorable distribution opportunities" for imported films and foreign suppliers of music recordings in China, which the U.S.