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Furniture checks will improve in wake of scandal

IN the wake of a big scandal, local authorities will strengthen inspections of imported furniture, giving particular scrutiny to their materials and place of origin.

Officials admitted that the inspection process had flaws, as they usually checked only the products' customs declaration, which gave companies the chance to cheat consumers.

In the DaVinci scandal, the bureau said the Cappalletti furniture, one of Davinci Furniture Co Ltd's products, had some quality problems and had no Chinese label on it, an illegal practice. The bureau ordered DaVinci to stop selling all Cappalletti furniture.

DaVinci also used exaggerate claims in their ads, which is also impermissible, officials said. The bureau has said it will punish the company, but wouldn't elaborate yesterday.

Yesterday, 74 furniture and construction material dealers in Shanghai promised that they won't cheat consumers like DaVinci.

DaVinci had always claimed its products bearing the Italian brand of Cappalletti were made in Italy. In July, China Central Television reported that the products were actually produced in south China's Guangdong Province.

They were transported to Italy or sometimes just to the port in China, where they got stamped as imports, before going on the Chinese market. The discovery shocked the country and some consumers are now suing the company for compensation.


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