Special report: Reconstruction After Earthquake
BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- A senior official with China's quality watchdog reiterated on Thursday that companies
found to have produced substandard building materials for collapsed schools in
the quake zone would receive severe punishments.
Relief materials, both domestic and foreign, have
been pouring into China following a devastating 8.0-magnitude earthquake which
hit the southwestern Sichuan Province on May 12.
Zhi Shuping, deputy director with the General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ), said
companies involved in the quality scandal would face fines, factory closures and
criminal liabilities according to the laws and the severity of their violation.
He said the quality inspectors had identified the
building materials as the top priority in their investigation.
Zhi revealed the administration had seized 18
kilograms of used cotton in 300 quake-relief quilts delivered from Baoji of
northwestern Shan'xi Province and immediately returned them to the producer.
The factory was sealed off after an overnight quality
According to a regulation issued last year, companies
having severe quality problems would be imposed fines that are 10 times their
profits and some would go bankrupt.
Zhi said used blankets, which were sources of
infectious diseases, were also found in the relief materials supplied by some
foreign countries. They had been returned to the suppliers.
"We will keep a close watch over any relief material
from anywhere as we must be responsible for people's health."