Blog: Dave LeggettWhat does 'Made in China' say?

Dave Leggett | 11 July 2007

It looks like the authorities in China are waking up to the fact that the 'Made in China' brand is being severely tainted by a number of high profile quality shortfalls on goods exported. A high-ranking government official who approved fake medicines and took bribes was recently executed. There certainly are some pretty lurid stories and scandals emerging on a wide range of consumer goods that have come out of China - including defective tyres recalled in the US.

It's probably got a lot to do with China's hectic rate of economic growth and the lack of a domestic consumer rights culture combined with a lack of institutionalised quality control. Japan and South Korea went through similar growing pains decades ago.

But it's something that the Chinese authorities really need to get a grip on - and fast. Advance guard Chinese cars in Europe already have a poor image after a couple of spectacular crash-test fails. The general publicity about poisonous toothpaste, soy sauce bulked up with barbershop human hair and so on, won't be helping that 'Made in China' brand. It's already resembling a media frenzy in the US.

A cheap car is fine, but one that was made in a country that makes fatal cough syrup? That might make people think twice. 

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