China looks to British standard as safety crisis deepens

Housewares would be amongst product sectors to benefit if China decides to work with the British Retail Consortium to improve its manufacturing standards.

China’s reputation as a manufacturer has been hit hard over recent months by a series of high-profile recalls of dangerous products. Now, the Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy is in talks with the BRC about the possibility of working in line with the BRC’s Global Standards for Consumer Products.

The standard covers most non-food retail products, including housewares, and allows manufacturers to demonstrate to retailers that their products achieve high levels of product safety. Most major UK retailers demand supplier compliance with the standard.

A series of supplier briefings is due to take place in four Chinese cities next month.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has been holding talks with major world retailers in a bid to head off the crisis. Representatives of Tesco, US retailer Wal-Mart, France’s Carrefour and Germany’s Metro have all been in China in recent weeks to discuss product safety.

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