China on Friday officially put in place systems to recall unsafe food and toys, one of its strongest steps yet to deal with recurring quality problems.
China, a major global supplier, has been facing growing pressure to improve the quality of its exports after toxins were found in a long list of goods such as toothpaste and toys.
The recall systems put in place by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine follow an earlier system set up for defective cars in 2005.
The administration oversees all products made in China and the measure appears to be targeted at goods manufactured for both domestic and global consumption.
The food recall system “is very important for further strengthening food production supervision and dealing with food safety emergencies effectively,” AQSIQ said in a statement. Food producers should voluntarily recall any potentially harmful products and investigate immediately, it said. Local quality supervision departments also should participate, it said.
AQSIQ will force a recall and issue a consumer alert if manufacturers fail to take actions or if a food safety incident occurs, the statement said.
The toy recall system requires producers to stop making and selling toys that are confirmed to have problems even if they are made in accordance with Chinese laws and standards, the agency said.
The manufacturers are also required to tell retailers to stop selling the products, it said.