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Excess packaging leads to products being pulled

EIGHT batches of tea leaves, roasted seeds and nuts, candy and health products sold at local supermarkets have been taken off shelves for excessive packaging, the city's quality watchdog said yesterday.

Their producers have been ordered to fix the problem. The supermarkets have been asked to stop selling products with unnecessary packaging and increase their watchfulness or they will face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan (US$8,064), the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said.

Most of the problematic products were tea and they failed checks for the amount of empty space in the packages. The number of layers of packaging papers as well as the allowed ratio of empty space inside package boxes are the major criteria for determining excessive packaging, according to a local law that took effect in February.

Roasted seeds and nuts in gift boxes produced by Hangzhou Huaweiheng Food Co, Biluochun green tea of Shanghai Jiafeng Tea Leaf Co and fish oil capsules made by Guangzhou Sirio Pharma Co were placed on a blacklist.

Inspectors checked a total of 60 groups of products sold at 11 local chain supermarkets.

Shen Weimin, deputy director of the bureau, also warned parents and students to avoid rulers with too sharp an edge and school exercise books that are excessively white as they might affect students' eyesight and contain too much fluorescent brightener.

Shen cautioned against erasers and correction fluid that have a sweet or pungent smell that suggests use of harmful substances like benzene.

Shen said the bureau would check the use of asphalt in cars after CCTV reported the toxic substance was found in six damping plate samples from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW models.


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