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Gender prediction tests intercepted by Chinese bureau

By Zhang Tianrui (People's Daily Online)    17:38, November 02, 2016

The Beijing Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has announced on its official website its interception of gender prediction tests among other commodities purchased overseas.

The bureau noticed two batches of gender prediction tests when viewing customs declaration forms. The confiscated products consist of three boxes of gender prediction tests, which describe their function as testing a fetus’s gender via the expectant mother's urine during early pregnancy. If the urine-saturated portion of the test turns green, it suggests the baby will be a boy. Orange indicates that the baby will be a girl.

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An overseas student surnamed Wang, who currently runs a "daigou" business purchasing overseas commodities for Chinese people, explained that the gender test can be bought in some pharmacies for the price of around AU$60. Wang said several potential customers have inquired about the test, but none have gone on to buy it.

Under China’s existing law, it is forbidden to test a fetus’s gender unless such a test is deemed medically necessary, for fear that such information will lead to the intentional termination of the pregnancy. Gender prediction tests are also banned from entering the Chinese market via cross-border e-commerce.

The bureau plans to destroy the three boxes of confiscated tests. Meanwhile, the bureau reminds consumers to obey all laws and regulations while making online purchases. 

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