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Faucets fail quality control tests

FAUCETS made by global brands Kohler and Moen have been found to contain excessive levels of lead that could be harmful to people’s health, the city’s market watchdog said.

Of the 61 batches inspected by the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau, about 63 percent failed quality tests, it said.

The substandard products included Kohler faucets for washbasins sold at B&Q China’s Zhabei District outlet, and Moen faucets for washbasins on sale in Putuo District.

The problem with the Kohler products was later rectified and the faucets passed a retest, the bureau said.

The lead level in the substandard products was 166 times the national standard, it said.

The affected items, which could pose a risk to nervous and hematological systems, have been removed from sale.

Product recall

Meanwhile, nine domestic toy producers have applied to recall some of their products, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said yesterday.

The firms include Tengzhou Wanbao Stroller, Shandong Qiyue Children’s Tricycle and Shanghai Aillia Industry.

The products are mostly strollers, tricycles and building blocks. The defects are found in various parts including cords, wheels and brakes. The defects may harm children, it said.



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