Products recalled from U.S. hit record high By Thu Nguyet - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The number of Vietnamese children’s product recalls hit a record high last year as local exporters violated the U.S. goods safety regulations, according to a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Jeffrey G. Hilsgen, director of CPSC Asia-Pacific, said there were 18 Vietnamese children’s product lines recalled in the U.S. last year. As of August 4 this year, there had been seven cases compared to an average of 8-9 cases in previous years. The major recalled products include beds with unsafe components and apparels with drawstrings or high lead content. There were 65 such product recalls in the U.S., among which 47 originated from China, in the period between October 2010 and March 2011. These products have violated the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, or CPSIA. The regulations took effect from 2008 when Chinese harmful product recalls peaked. … [Read more...] about Products recalled from U.S. hit record high
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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) formally recalled 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States, replacing or refunding the flagship phones, whose susceptibility to catching fire has damaged the image of the Korean powerhouse. Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 cases of property damage, the company said as it announced the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall is a costly setback for Samsung, which was counting on Galaxy Note 7 to bolster sales as rivals such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) launch new devices. The scale of the recall is unprecedented for Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung said on Thursday that new Note 7 replacement devices will be available at most retail locations in the United States no later than Sept. 21. Earlier this month, Samsung said it would recall all Note 7 smartphones equipped with batteries it … [Read more...] about Samsung to replace or refund 1 million U.S. Galaxy Note 7 phones
U.S. sets up more barriers for textiles By Ngoc Lan - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has applied more inspection measures on garment and textile imports since early this month, creating more barriers for Vietnam and other exporting countries in the world. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has informed domestic enterprises of the new requirements to prevent shipments from being rejected. The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association expects this year's shipments to reach US$9.5 billion, or 5% higher than in 2008. About half the volume is forecast to go to the U.S. and the European Union. … [Read more...] about U.S. sets up more barriers for textiles
Quatest 3 accredited as testing laboratory by the U.S. By Phi Tuan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3, or Quatest 3, has been chosen as a third-party testing organization for assessing children's products from Vietnam to the U.S. In November 2008, the enactment of Consumer Product Safety Improvement raised safety requirements and placed significant oversight on consumer products in the U.S. market, under which children's products must meet various requirements, including a third-party General Conformity Certification. … [Read more...] about Quatest 3 accredited as testing laboratory by the U.S.
New regulations set on exports to U.S. Hoang Phi By Hoang Phi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Children’s products exported to the U.S. after next year’s February 8 will have to attach more specific technical files under the new standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Details about chemicals, designs, and production processes have to be given in such files, under the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, said Joseph P. Mohorovic, vice president of Intertek, a global group on testing. The U.S. importers can accept technical files supplied by foreign producers, provided that they have been verified by an independent laboratory appointed by the U.S. commission, Mohorovic said at a workshop held by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Vietnam on Wednesday. He said the U.S. had paid more attention to the safety of imported products, such as toys, textile, and footwear, especially those for children. The new … [Read more...] about New regulations set on exports to U.S.
The Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Sept 11 clinched joint communiqué on consumer product safety cooperation in Hanoi Sept 11. Under the agreement signed by inked by the STAMEQ's General Director Ngo Quy Viet and the CPSC's Acting Chairman, Nancy Nord, the two sides will exchange officials and experts, information and documents regarding consumer product safety and consumers' welfare and awareness. The CPSC is committed to provide training programs for Vietnamese officials involving in consumer goods safety. The implementation of the joint communiqué is very necessary as the two-way trade between Vietnam and the U.S. has grown dramatically in recent years, said Nancy Nord. Last year, Vietnam surpassed Chile, Colombia, the Philippines and Spain to be listed among 30 biggest exporters to the U.S., according to a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Two-way trade between Vietnam and … [Read more...] about Vietnam, U.S. Ink Consumer Product Safety Deal
U.S.'s Deputy Secretary of State, John Negroponte and Vietnamese high-ranking officials Sept 11 had meetings to discuss bilateral cooperative, regional and international issues as part of co-efforts to beef up the bilateral comprehensive ties, Vietnam News Agency said on September 11. John Negroponte met Premier Nguyen, leaders of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Training, National Defence and Police in Hanoi, the agency said. The U.S. diplomat emphasized that the United States will expand multilateral cooperation with the government of Vietnam, increase supports in de-mining programs, provide information on Vietnamese soldiers missing in action (MIA) and mitigate dioxin impacts, the agency added. The U.S. government will help train 10,000 doctorates for Vietnam from now to 2020, he said, proposing that the two governments should arrange to dispatch missions to soon meet to finalize cooperative programs. PM Nguyen for his part highly appreciated John Negroponte's … [Read more...] about U.S., Vietnam Senior Officials Meet to Discuss Regional, International Issues
Samsung will likely permanently halt sales of the flagship device. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it has halted the production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and told owners to stop using them while it investigates reports of fires, due to consumer safety concerns. Samsung will likely permanently halt sales of the flagship device, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, after fresh reports of fires in replacement devices prompted new warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines. Samsung did not immediately comment on the matter. The world's top smartphone maker earlier said it had asked all global carriers to stop sales of the Note 7s and the exchange of original devices for replacements, while it worked with regulators to investigate the problem. The company is offering to exchange Note 7s for other products or refund them. "Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the … [Read more...] about Samsung Electronics says halted Galaxy Note 7 production
The Vietnam Chamber of Industry and Trade (VCCI) and the Vietnam Trade Office in the U.S. will co-chair "Forum on Vietnamese Exporters to the U.S." in Hanoi March 12. The event is aimed to boost and diverse Vietnam's commodity shipments to its largest export market. Analysts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will disseminate latest and necessary information about standards of stateside exports and introduce some methods to Vietnamese exporters to avoid risks and trade disputes in the American market. March 7, the CPSC and the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) of the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology inked an agreement on improving the safety of consumer products exported to the U.S. from Vietnam Under the agreement, both sides will share information and technical requirements to implement consumer safety programs. In 2007, Vietnam surpassed Chile, Colombia, the Philippines and Spain to be listed among 30 biggest exporters to the U.S., … [Read more...] about Forum on Vietnamese Exporters to U.S. to Open in Hanoi
Accordingly, all apparel shipments to the U.S. will abide by the new regulations which will officially come into effect from February 2009. According to Nancy Nord, CPSC president, the U.S. Congress has approved a new law on imported product safety into the U.S. since August 14, 2008. The law includes many regulations and each has different effect. Nord said the commission will further tighten supervision over regulations on product safety such as inflammability of cloth and absolutely banning dress with tie in collar, especially dress for children. The law allows CPSC to destroy products violating safety regulations in stead of forcing to re-export as previously, she said, adding violators will be fined up to US$15 million. The stricter new regulations were issued as imported product safety violations tend to increase over the past 18 months. According to Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade, the country exported an estimate of US$2.9 billion worth of apparel products to the … [Read more...] about Vietnam Garment Exports to U.S. to Face More Hurdles from Feb 2009