Originally Posted by buckytom
most crock pots today are made in china.
everyone here who trusts Chinese factories with the safety and security of their homes, raise thier hands...
Sorry Tom, but UL steps in where Chinese safety testing is missing. The UL tests the product for safe construction, safe use and safety features.
From the UL web site:
"UL is a world leader in product safety testing and certification. For more than 100 years, manufacturers have had their merchandise evaluated and tested for safety risks by our independent, third-party safety certification organization. Last year alone, approximately 14 billion products with the UL Mark entered the global marketplace"
Like tens of millions of other consumers, I trust consumer products which have been tested by UL, (Underwriters Laboratories), which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to public safety."
"UL is a world leader in product safety testing and certification. For more than 100 years, manufacturers have had their merchandise evaluated and tested for safety risks by our independent, third-party safety certification organization. Last year alone, approximately 14 billion products with the UL Mark entered the global marketplace."
It used to be said "Japanese products are junk". I distinctly remember people saying that when I was a child. No one says it now. The Japanese manufacturer some of the best electronics in the world today. China is, and has been for quite some time now, striving to catch up with Quality Control of their own manufactured products.
Chinese white papers on safety for high tech products are now available for downloading from the UL site.
One white paper, titled "A New Safety Standard for High Tech Products: A new approach to safety for A/V and ICT equipment - IEC 62368-1", is an introductory paper on the new IEC 62368-1 standard.
The new international standard IEC 62368-1 published in January 2010 is a result of the rapid convergence in technology. It aims to provide a single standard for a broad range of products, leading to the design and manufacture of safe products. It is technology neutral and performance based and allows for the harmonization of national/regional differences.
What I'm attempting to say to you Tom is that what you've said or attempted to imply in your comment is no longer true about Chinese manufacturing practices.
If you buy a cheaply made, plastic piece of crap product from a dollar store, you get the same quality of product that even North American manufacturers create for sales in that market; Mostly cheaply made junk.
I strongly dislike it when anyone casually tosses out a slur against a group of people consisting of 1.34 BILLION people.
It strikes me much the same as when someone unfairly lumps all 300 million of us Americans into one judgement with comments like "You Americans are..."
I know you're a nice person Tom. I'm also fairly certain that you didn't mean what you said as a slur against Chinese people. I was kind of surprised that you think in the manner implied by your comment in your post.