Made In China (With Risk)

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The “Made In China” tag has been seeing a transformation of late, and has been increasingly associated with added-value, quality products (see here and here). However, a spate of news stories ranging from child labour making licensed Olympic products (not to mention slave conditions in local brick kilns) to tainted export products, have served as a reminder that there is more to production than cost, and that the label’s associations are still not all positive.

A recent post noted corruption in the pharmaceuticals sector, and related problems with unsafe drugs, as well as poisonous pet food exports. Since then headlines have been added for products as wide ranging as counterfeit Colgate toothpaste (containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol) and toy trains (too much lead paint in Thomas the Tank Engine products – the best friend of many a two-year-old boy).

While China is taking steps to punish errant officials and raise safety standards , companies sourcing from China can take steps of their own to manage risk. Due diligence, testing, inspections – and regular reviews – should be part of any sourcing plan. As should ongoing monitoring of piracy that could damage brands (or loyal consumers).

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