China's health watchdog has ordered the recall of two brands of
disposable nappies mainly on sale in the country's rural areas.
In a nationwide check earlier this year, the Ministry of Health
found that nappies under the brand names Haobeir and
Jinglianbangshuang contained excessive amounts of eumycetes - a
type of fungus.
The ministry asked the producers, the Quanzhou Ailishi sanitary
products company based in southeast China's Fujian Province and Zhengding Guangda sanitary
products plant based in northern Hebei Province, to recall the substandard
Local health authorities will penalize the two producers
according to the Disinfection Management Methods which came into
effect on July 1, 2002, the ministry said.
The ministry did not specify the severity of the penalties.
According to regulations, the producers face a maximum fine of up
to 5,000 yuan (about US$658).
As a result of the checkup, three other brands of nappies will
receive "punishments" as their product labeling failed to meet
national requirements, said the ministry.
Companies which continue to market the substandard products will
also be punished, the ministry said.
(Xinhua News Agency July 5, 2007)