Product Safety

Improve Hong Kong's glass safety testing

Experts say impurities in the manufacturing process may cause the glass panes to break in a few years.  Photo: Dickson Lee

High-rise luxury housing blocks are so common in Hong Kong that the safety of their installations has been taken for granted. Their sleek design and sky-high prices are often assumed to be a guarantee of high-quality workmanship and good management.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 3:04am

Banana Boat sunscreen recalled after reports of users catching on fire

Five burns cases have been reported so far. Photo: AP

The US maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling half a million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames.

Energizer Holdings said that it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen off store shelves due to the risk of the lotion igniting when exposed to fire.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Relax - food from Japan really is safe

Japan's food safety standards are famously among the highest in the world. That is in large part why Japanese supermarkets are so popular in Hong Kong and baby formula from the country has been favoured by so many mothers. But food producer Meiji's recall last week of a batch of formula after detecting radioactive caesium in samples caused some parents to think twice.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Public gets first look at proposed food safety law

The proposed contents of the first national food safety legislation were made available for public comment yesterday in another bid to repair the mainland's image, tarnished by a string of scandals.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

New standards loom to ensure product safety

Premier Wen Jiabao renewed a pledge to improve product safety yesterday as he introduced measures to ensure Chinese-made goods meet international standards.

In yet another attempt to restore confidence in the 'made-in-China label', Mr Wen said all requirements and testing methods for the safety and quality of consumer goods would comply with international standards.

6 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

US legislation on product safety targets mainland imports

The United States is preparing a tough consumer product safety law, with mainland manufacturers firmly in its sights following last year's toy recall controversy.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Made-in-China gifts affordable and safe, quality official says

The nation's top product-quality official yesterday urged US parents to buy 'nice and inexpensive' made-in-China toys as Christmas gifts for their children, saying the central government had taken effective measures to ensure toy quality.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

No problems with product quality at toy firms, says official

Only 5 per cent of toy producers in Guangdong have potential production problems, and these were not the primary cause of the recent US toy recalls, a senior provincial inspection official said yesterday.

1 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

We are scapegoats in trade war, says Hong Kong toymaker

The toy industry has become a scapegoat for the widening trade rifts between the mainland and US, the chairman of Hong Kong SME Progress and Investment Association said yesterday.

16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Living up to 'Made in China' standards

WITH MAINLAND factories producing up to 90 per cent of the world's toys, parents all over the world are familiar with the 'Made in China' label.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Kids' stuff

The acceptable toy has to be many things - but fun should be the uppermost consideration

Buying a toy for a child is about more than just budget considerations and the child's interests and desires. Getting it absolutely right takes some investigation.

24 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

New system to warn of unsafe food

The mainland will institute a system next year to warn the public about unsafe food as the government steps up supervision of the food industry, Xinhua reported yesterday.

Through the new warning system, the government will publicise the results of its monitoring for contamination in food products, Xinhua said, quoting officials from the Ministry of Health.

4 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Toy giant fights ban on musical crocodile

Toy giant Mattel Inc. is fighting an order banning the sale of a musical toy in Hong Kong on the grounds it allegedly failed to comply with safety standards and posed a choking hazard.

Mattel East Asia Limited was found to have breached the Toys and Children's Products Safety Ordinance.

27 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Unsafe dolls, toy pandas recalled

Parents have been warned to be on the lookout for a batch of dangerous toys from vending machines which Customs chiefs say could cause serious injuries.

Officials have recalled 1,125 toy dolls and pandas and 500 cartoon figures after attachments to them were judged to be dangerous.

3 Jul 1999 - 12:00am