The State Post Bureau has urged express delivery companies to enhance their safety standards and procedures after a man was killed and nine others sickened by parcels that carried toxic chemicals, China Daily reported Monday, citing a statement on the bureau’s website. All postal and delivery companies must have their couriers inspect parcels in front of the senders, and refuse clients who do not let couriers check their parcels, or decline to present required documents and identification, the statement said. Postal and delivery companies that fail to comply with the rules could face severe penalties, including revocation of their business licenses. The bureau issued the warning after Liu Xingliang, from Shandong province, died on Nov. 29 after receiving a pair of shoes delivered by YTO Express Co. Ltd., a private delivery company in Shanghai. Nine others — Liu’s two family members, five delivery workers and two recipients — had been sickened by contaminated parcels delivered by the same company. Investigation showed that 154 parcels in the same vehicle had been contaminated by a parcel containing methyl fluoroacetate, a highly toxic chemical, from Hubei province, the report said.
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