NAM Testifies Before Congress On Safety Of Chinese Imports

July 20, 2007
China must make broader use of internationally recognized quality certification programs, says NAM.

Last week The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) told Congress the safety of Chinese imports are of the utmost concern to America's manufacturers and consumers.

"The situation demands action on China's part and, as necessary, pressure from the U.S. to prompt that action," Jay Timmons, the NAM's senior vice president of policy and government relations told the Senate Commerce Committee.

Timmons pointed to reports of contaminated pet food, fake pharmaceuticals, toys and jewelry with dangerous levels of lead, poisoned fish and other unsafe products as representing a serious problem. "A variety of strong actions are needed to respond to the safety and health issues posed by faulty Chinese goods," Timmons said.

This includes expanding efforts to ensure the quality of imports and addressing the resources provided to agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). "China must make broader use of internationally recognized quality certification programs," he said "This includes permitting U.S. testing and certification providers to operate in China.

Timmons' complete testimony is available at

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