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Nation to blacklist insecure, unsanitary imported goods(12/25/03)

   China will start to blacklist imported goods which have been repeatedly found to cause security or health problems, according to a national conference on inspection and quarantine held in this capital city of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Dec.25.

    Li Changjiang, head of the State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), told the conference that the administration plans to launch a blacklist system some time in 2004.

    Such imported goods, as well as their producers, will be put onthe blacklist or even publicized in the mass media if necessary, Li said.

    The administration also plans to improve the registration system for major imported goods next year, and intensify inspection and quarantine especially for eight categories of imported goods, such as cotton, textiles and food made from animals.

    During the first 11 months of this year, the border inspection and quarantine departments in China uncovered 7.243 billion US dollars-worth of imported goods which failed to meet the required quality standards, according to the administration.

    From January to October 2003, the border inspection and quarantine departments also checked 1,755 cases of diseased animals and plants, and confiscated 269 batches of imported and exported poor-quality food.

    In addition, the departments stopped some 68,000 people suffering from infectious diseases spreading the diseases in China.

    By December 20 this year, the border inspection and quarantine departments had also examined the body temperatures of 130 millionpeople, to guard against a possible new outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and processed around 22,000 people who showed possible symptoms of SARS.

    By the end of 2004, all declaration and clearance processes will be conducted online, which is expected to greatly improve theinspection and quarantine efficiency, according to the administration.


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