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One-tenth of instruments tested fail quality checks

NEARLY 10 percent of Shanghai-made measuring instruments that have been tested, such as taxi meters and electronic scales, failed a quality test, local quality watchdogs said yesterday.

Authorities checked the products of 32 Shanghai companies in the second half of this year. They included pressure gauges, pressure transmitters, taxi meters, blood pressure monitors and electromagnetic flow meters. Tests showed that about 90 percent of the products tested met their quality standards.

Tests are still being conducted on electronic price-computing scales and flow meters, said Shen Weimin, deputy director of the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau.

Shen said the bureau also tested electronic price-computing scales sold on the market. Nearly 400 scales used chips designed to overcharge customers. Most of them were made by companies outside Shanghai.

Shen said the bureau's law enforcement teams have punished the offenders.

Watchdogs also checked 10,200 firms making food and cosmetics products. The passing rate was 98.6 percent, up 1.1 percentage points from 2011.


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