Much of China’s table tissues and toilet paper do not meet minimum safety standards, according to a government-led survey.
The quality inspection authority of Jiangsu province found that 10 percent of toilet paper and a third of table tissue is below par, containing banned materials, high levels of bacteria or advertising a higher number of tissues on the pack than is actually provided.
The study sampled 74 batches of toilet paper and 88 batches of table tissue, concluding that seven percent of the former and 28 percent of the latter did not meet requirements.
One unopened batch of toilet roll contained four times the permitted bacteria level, while another brand of table tissues claimed to contain 500 tissues but actually held only 132.
Others were found to contain a banned whitening agent that allowed manufacturers to save RMB 2,000 per tonne of paper.
The worse quality tissues are said to be sold in wholesale markets, some of which offer 80 packs of tissues for just RMB 75.
The year just gone was packed with happenings, big and small, in China. Some were good, but a whole lot were bad. Let’s have a look at China’s big news events of 2017.
The Chinese website of Marriott International has been shut down and an employee sacked after two incidences of the hotel chain “disrespecting China’s sovereignty”.
Good news for non-Chinese readers who get lost easily. Google Maps are available in China again!
International tourists transiting through Beijing can now enjoy visa-free stopovers of up to six days.
US coffee giants Starbucks is opening a new store in China every 15 hours.
Katy Perry will be absent from today’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai as the Chinese authorities denied her a visa, reportedly because she has shown support for Taiwanese independence.
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