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When global brands fail quality checks

10 Jun 2013

China’s top quality watchdog destroyed 901 kgs of L’Occitane scrubbing cream after tests found excessive levels of lead. The faulty batch of ‘Almond Delicious Paste’ was awaiting customs clearance in Shanghai when they were destroyed.

Estee Lauder in Shanghai was also forced to destroy 3 kgs of their Bobbi Brown moisturizing lotion due to packaging and labeling problems.

US-based Procter & Gamble came under scrutiny in Beijing when their BBQ flavored Pringles potato crisps were found to contain large amounts of bacteria.

19 batches of food products imported by METRO hypermarket Shanghai, and made by Fromi Rungis Sas, were destroyed because they had passed their expiry date.

The above items were among 165 imported food and cosmetic products that were found to be substandard in March, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (China) said. The products had expired, had high acid levels, excessive metal and colour agents, and had labeling problems or contained too much bacteria.

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Read the full article of L’Occitane’s insufficient quality check.