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US questions China's drywall

CHINA is contacting United States authorities for more information about its drywall exports after complaints that certain Chinese products are problematic, the country's top quality supervisor said over the weekend.

The General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it was concerned about the reports and would investigate the case to find out the cause as soon as possible.

There have been reports since January claiming certain Chinese-made drywall used in homes in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia are emitting rotten-egg odors and corroding electrical equipment such as air conditioners.

Last week two United States senators introduced a bill seeking an interim ban on certain drywall made in China and further investigations.

"Up to now, we have received no such complaints anywhere else except from the United States," an expert with the China Building Materials Federation said on condition of anonymity.

Drywall was considered one of the safest construction materials concerning human health, the expert said, adding he believed drywall production technology and materials in China were mature enough to guarantee reliable quality and performance after development of more than 20 years.

Statistics from the country's customs showed China exported 527,000 tons of plaster-made products last year, of which only 1.5 percent went to the US.


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