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MP3 players found to emit excessive radiation

MP3 players and electronic dictionaries on sale in Shanghai stores were found to emit excessive levels of radiation, a local trade watchdog said yesterday.

Popular domestic brands, such as OPPO, ended up on the blacklist of items found for sale in city outlets, including electrical stores and supermarkets.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau inspected 25 batches of products, and found that 14 - including two batches of electronic dictionaries and 12 batches of MP3 players - failed quality tests.

The most serious problems were found with a Sansui MP3 player and an ONDA player. These emitted levels of radiation higher than the country's upper limit, officials said.

Other products, such as a Haojixing electronic dictionary, also had radiation emission problems, said the bureau.

Officials said radiation issues were caused by poor design.

The bureau said high radiation would not only interfere with other electronic devices, but also harm people's health.

Another problem discovered was that the capacity of some devices is not as large as claimed on packaging, officials said.

The bureau said most of the blacklisted products were produced in Guangdong Province.

Goods that failed the tests have been removed from sale, officials said.


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