Chinese quality watchdog promising clampdown on shoddy shipments to Africa
China’s top quality official is promising a major campaign this year against shoddy exports, including seafood.
Director General of the Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) Zhi Shu Ping said he will add more officers and checks at the country’s ports as part of his “Qing Feng Xing Dong,” which translates roughly as “fresh wind action.”
The campaign aims to “improve the image” of Chinese exporters. Addressing the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Zhi said the AQSIQ has made 2.6 million seizures since 2013 and he signaled that a new priority for his office will be clamping down on poor quality exports to Africa.
“We are cooperating with authorities in 14 African countries,” Zhi said.
Exports of Chinese tilapia and lower-cost filets to Africa have soared in recent years.