The Chinese government acknowledged today what people around the world suspected—many products manufactured by the world's largest exporter of consumer goods are unsafe. One-fifth of its manufactured wares fail to meet government safety standards, a regulatory agency said in a posting on its website. Despite the findings, which did not cover exports, spokesmen continue to tout Chinese product safety.
A survey of 7,200 types of products from 6,362 companies showed a rejection rate of nearly 19%, Bloomberg reports, compared to 5% in the US. Chinese manufacturers and regulators are already under fire for scandals surrounding everything from deadly pet food to tainted toothpaste; as the country's international profile rises even more, trading partners are pushing for beefed-up standards.