The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with India's government to improve the safety of consumer products exported to the U.S from India.
CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton and Labanyendu Mansingh, India's Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, signed the agreement at CPSC Headquarters in Bethesda, Md.
The agreement calls for an exchange of information on consumer product safety, the development of training programs dealing with consumer product safety, and an exchange of officials, experts and professionals to carry out consumer safety programs.
"India is an increasingly important player in the U.S. marketplace," said Stratton. "This agreement lays the groundwork for improvements in the safety of consumer products coming into the U.S. from India. Working directly with governments, as we are doing here with India, will help both agencies identify dangerous products faster, save lives and prevent injuries in both countries."
"Protecting consumers is our number one priority," said Mansingh. "This collaborative agreement underscores our commitment to improving the safety of consumer products. It is the beginning of a long and mutually-beneficial relationship with the United States that will protect consumers."
India is an important trading partner with the United States. It ranks eleventh in exports of consumer products to the U.S. In 2004, according to International Trade Commission data, around two percent of all imported products under CPSC's jurisdiction came from India and were valued at $8.3 billion – a 21 percent increase since 1997.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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