Over the years the U.S. has lost manufacturing projects to China…again and again.

I can remember when I was younger, I would go to the store with my aunt and we would look for clothes made in the U.S.A….first to support the U.S. and second because my aunt was one of the people making those clothes. To no surprise…her job is no longer there, as the factory has since closed.

Many U.S. companies now outsource their production base to China to save money…at the cost of quality, since China’s regulations do not always meet U.S. standards. We have seen a string of recalls all related to manufacturing in Southern China…melamine-tainted pet food, toothpaste laced with anti-freeze and now Mattel-branded toys made with lead paint.

It is easy to point the finger at China, but ultimately the U.S. is still at fault since according to U.S. law, the importer is responsible for the quality and safety of the good imported into the country.

Our U.S. companies must take action to see that this doesn’t happen again. Longtime trusted companies such as Mattel are putting themselves at risk if they do not implement some level of quality control in the oversea production of their products.

The U.S. has not only lost jobs to China, now U.S. businesses face lawsuits due poor quality products manufactured in China.

Is U.S. law that importer be held liable unfair to U.S. importers? Should Chinese manufacturers be held accountable for the products they manufacturer? What steps can be taken to help protect the U.S.?


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  2. Frank Smith on December 16, 2007 3:07 pm

    As a person who oversees’s the quality of products made for the US Government (mostly Military applications) I am amazed at how so many of my counterparts allow defense contractors to purchase China products and only require a simple piece of paper called a certification to be the bases of acceptance. In my mind that certification is not worth the paper it is written on until there is a detail evaluation accomplished at the China manufacturing facility to validate that the item being procured is manufactured to the contract specifications. The contractors buying products from China are responsible for assuring the specifications are complied with but I have seen little evidence of them doing there jobs. I have watched contractors run to the China market to get there products Cheaper but how many have done there job in assureing contract specifications are being maintained?

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