The government did something really smart last week. (No, really, it’s true.) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission opened a safety office in China to help reduce the flow of defective Chinese products to the United States.
I’m not suggesting with that last line that Chinese products are more defective than ours or anyone else. But we are consuming so many Chinese products – including life saving medicines like Heparin – it is a good idea to have someone on the ground who can underscore our standards and deal with issues as they arise. It is probably more important for the CPSC and FDA to have an office in Beijing at this point than to have one in Washington. I’m overstating the case but not much.
The SPSC ordered more than 200 recalls involving goods from China last year.