MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) — The e-commerce giant Alibaba will block the sales of products considered to be dangerous and illegal to the United States, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in a statement Tuesday.
"The company [Alibaba] has pledged to work swiftly with CPSC on requests to block sales of illegal and recalled consumer products to US," the statement posted on the organization's website said.
The request particularly applies to the sale of toys and other children's items, several of which have recently been recalled from consumers in the United States. In particular, children's pajamas produced by Star Ride Kids were recalled as they violated federal flammability standards. A number of toys by various producers were recalled in 2014 mainly due to burning and choking hazards.
"With an increasing number of companies and consumers taking their business online, Alibaba's decision to implement these new policies is a victory for U.S. consumers and their safety," CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye was quoted as saying in the statement.
Meanwhile, Alibaba's senior vice president for corporate affairs welcomed the collaboration with the CPSC in protecting consumers.
Alibaba has about 300 million active buyers, the majority of whom from China, but a growing number come from the United States, according to the statement.
Alibaba Group Holdings is the largest e-commerce company in the world valued at about $231 billion after it issued an initial public offering of $25 billion in September.