Another product has been added to the list of unsafe Chinese exports, but consumers can breathe a sigh of relief because unlike ginger, cooking oil, milk powder and rice, this one is not to be ingested. At least half of the silk products on sale in China’s capital do not meet safety and quality standards, according to a Beijing Consumers Association study, which tested 40 types of silk products bought from local retailers, department stores and online stores including Wal-Mart, Wumart, Sogo and e-commerce site Jingdong Mall…Full-text article: South China Morning Post May 2013

Key point

  • Chinese national standards require that the fiber blend of “silk products” contain at least 50% silk

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  • From 2000 to 2011, Chinese mulberry silkworm cocoon production averaged approximately 713,800 MTs per year. In 2007, Chinese mulberry silkworm production hit a peak of 879,454 MTs before declining to 688,790 MTs in 2010

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