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Police close illegal diaper wholesaler

Songjiang District police have closed down an illicit diaper packaging plant, which took substandard diapers which large companies had rejected and repacked them as products to be sold.

More than 400,000 substandard diapers were confiscated in the recent crackdown and the head of the underground workshop, surnamed Liu, has been detained, police said.

The diapers were sent to quality control departments for -examination and the case is still under investigation.

Last September, Liu launched a small company in Xiaokunshan Town, according to a local resident, surnamed Li, who was later employed in the small factory.

Li said her job, like many others', was to pick diapers that looked to be of good quality from piles and -repack them using a plastic packaging machine.

The plant, which was not licensed, mainly did wholesale business with companies from other provinces and soon came to police attention.

After raiding the plant, police found that the diapers in Liu's facility were all rejects from a licensed factory in Zhejiang Province and should have been disposed of.

Police said the rejects were first sold to a man surnamed Wang as waste by the licensed factory at very low prices - they were then purchased by Liu at 600 yuan (US$91) to 700 yuan per ton.

After selecting passable diapers and repackaging them, they could be sold at a price of 6,000 to 8,000 yuan per ton to Beijing, Tianjin and Shandong Province under Liu's own brand.

Liu was caught in the raid last Friday and it took police four trucks to empty the unlicensed and inferior products from the illicit facility.


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