Chinese Imports and Product Safety

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Confidence in the label "Made in China" is crucial to that nation's economic expansion.  Back in August, the international safety scare had caught the attention of Chinese officials.  After medicines turned out to be fakes, the former regulator of food and drugs was executed.  After Mattel recalled millions of his products, a toy maker hanged himself.  The safety of products made in China has been raising serious questions. Unsafe tires are one thing, but at the start of the holiday season, what about millions of toys with lead paint and tiny magnets little kids can swallow? Are American companies as much at fault as their Chinese suppliers?  Will consumers pay more for greater safety? What about Chinese consumers and the workers who deal with toxic substances?  We look for answers and talk with a woman who tried to stop buying Chinese products.

Credits

Guests:
Rachel Weintraub - Director of Product Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Abigail Goldman - Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Bill Primosch - Senior Director of International Business Policy, National Association of Manufacturers, Sara Bongiorni - Author and former business reporter

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Karen Radziner