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More fake refrigerant in China

Of nine refrigerant samples from eight brands of R134a refrigerant sold for automotive use in the Chinese city of Guanzshou in Guangdong province, four were found to contain unacceptable levels of contaminants such as chlorine, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and water.

In another Guangdong province city, Zhuhai, 900 cylinders of fake refrigerant plus associated packaging, documentation and computers from two brands were seized in a joint investigation between security and quality authorities.

Cylinders labelled R134a but actually containing the banned ozone-depleting CFC refrigerant R12 were discovered in Shandong province last year, with only two of 12 cans tested containing R134a – and one of those passed purity checks.