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The Associated Press reports that the Chinese government has launched a new television series designed to bolster the citizenry’s opinion of the country’s safety standards.

The show seems to be taking the position that other nations are “demonizing China’s products” and engaging in trade protectionism.

“Although recalls are necessary, it is unfair to decide that all products made in China are unqualified," said Li Changjiang, director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

However, even as the show was being aired in China, the AP reported that the New Zealand government is looking into China-made children’s clothing that have been found to contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde. And just today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart “stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July, after customers voiced concerns that the Chinese products may have caused their pets to fall ill, but no recall has been announced.”

These latest reports follow several months during which serious questions have been raised about the safety of foods, toothpaste and toys originating in China.
KC's View:
The Chinese government may be trying to pass off this new television program as “reality TV,” but it sounds more like an update of ‘Fantasy Island” to me.