Skip to comments.From China to Panama, a Trail of Poisoned Medicine
Posted on 05/05/2007 4:02:04 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
The kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire. Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult, then often impossible without assistance. In the end, most victims die.
Many of them are children, poisoned at the hands of their unsuspecting parents.
The syrupy poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in antifreeze.
It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Ugh. Just ugh.
“......Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration warned drug makers and suppliers in the United States to be especially vigilant in watching for diethylene glycol. The warning did not specifically mention China, and it said there was no reason to believe that glycerin in this country was tainted. Even so, the agency asked that all glycerin shipments be tested for diethylene glycol, and said it was exploring how supplies of glycerin become contaminated.......”
A very long article but most definitely worth the read. Very frightening. Stop all trade with China immediately.
Thank you for posting this. Definitely, anyone who tries to cut corners with their budget and their health needs to be aware of what is in their food and their meds.
It makes me angry that the sources of so many ingredients are hidden from us. I make it a point to avoid Chinese goods whenever possible, but it isn’t always apparent. This treachery, and the complete ineffectiveness of our government agencies in protecting us, infuriates me.
Not pet food, but China related.
Ping of interest.
Why is anyone surprised about China’s callous indifference to inflicting suffering on others (humans or animals) in order to benefit an elite few. Just look at organ harvesting from prisoners and bile harvesting from bears. This time it’s poisoned food and medical products. Their history’s full of this. It’s in their amoral nature. They embraced communism for heaven’s sake. Why are we surprised indeed?
I’m not surprised by China’s lack of concern but I am disgusted with so called Americans who will happily inflict these poisons on us so they can make a buck.
Don’t bother looking at labels, no food products have to list where it comes from. The FDA web site will tell you just how many products from China are rejected each month, routinely more than any other country. While most countries have only a handful of rejected shipments per month. China rejections often run in the triple digits. Last month, 215 Chinese products were rejected.
REP. JOHN DUNCAN, (R) TENNESSEE: The Chinese are really ripping us off, adding all of these adulterated products and dangerous items and products and chemicals so they can make more money.
PILGRIM: Some small food producers in China have gone after easy profits by adding cheaper ingredients to undercut their competitors. The FDA web site often reads such reasons as unsafe additives for reason of rejecting a shipment.
REP. TOM DAVIS, (R) VIRGINIA: Even when you write rules, whether its over intellectual property or whether food safety provisions or whatever, you have to watch these people very, very carefully. They tend to circumvent and will do anything they can get away with.
PILGRIM: In 2000, Chinese producers were cheating on trade laws, shipping their honey through Thailand to avoid anti-dumping penalties. U.S. authorities testing honey for anti-dumping enforcement, found Chinese honey had the antibiotic Clorophenical (ph), which can cause cancer. That mirrors the recent case of melamine.
WILLIAM HUBBARD, FMR. FDA OFFICIAL: I would hope this time this is a wakeup call. This could have been human food. And people could have died from this.
PILGRIM (on camera): Just a glance of the FDA web site shows, of the small percentage of products that were tested, China had a startling high rejection rate. That begs the question, when faced with such high food and safety rejection rates from China, didn’t officials see the warning signs well before the melamine contamination,
MICHAEL GREEN, CTR. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: There is no federal lead standard for children’s products. There is a federal lead standard for paint but not for children’s products. We think that needs to change.
I’m embarrassed for our government that they don’t have strong testing procedures in place.
Consumer experts from all around the world, including the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, well, they are going to get together at an international product safety conference later this month. They are meeting to find ways to ensure products reaching the public are made safer. That conference is being held in Beijing.....
LIDDY DOLE'S RED CROSS RUNS AMOK
BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 1 -- HOW BLOOD, THE 'GIFT OF LIFE,' BECAME A BILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: September 24, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 19:45:35 PDT by Wallaby (348)
BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 2 - THE LOOSE WAY THE FDA REGULATES BLOOD INDUSTRY Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: September 25, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 20:45:42 PDT by Wallaby (347)
BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 3 -- FEAR OF AIDS SPURS CHANGE Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: TUESDAY September 26, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 21:00:40 PDT by Wallaby (346)
BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 4 -- RED CROSS: FROM DISASTER RELIEF TO BLOOD Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: WEDNESDAY September 27, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 21:44:11 PDT by Wallaby (345)
BLOOD TRAIL: BLOOD BROKERS, PART 5, LAST IN SERIES -- AMERICA: THE OPEC OF THE GLOBAL PLASMA Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: September 28, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 22:14:30 PDT by Wallaby (344)
Yes, I have long advocated that we cease all normal trade relations with Red China, and now it has become clearly exigent as a matter of simple food safety.
Food, drugs, cosmetics, lead toys, toxic inks and paints...
This is awful!
Great point. It’s very frustrating.
I wish I could read the article.
They’ve probably sold their souls, too.
If I can get a password from bugmenot.com I will try and post the article—give me a few minutes.
It turns out I don’t need a password, but the article is 7 pages long—too long to post here. You can’t access it?
Oh, I just tried clicking on the other link above and now I can see it. Thanks!
This is absolute insanity that we buy ingestible goods from this country.
Isn’t that the truth. This is so frightening.
IN CHINA At least 18 people, most of them in Guangdong Province, died in a month last year after they ingested contaminated medicine.
I think this is related, the WHO did trace SARs back there after the AIDs outbreak:
A group of people with HIV urged the government Wednesday to protect the rights of patients diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome.
The group, members of which contracted the AIDS virus in the 1980s from tainted blood products,, said it is concerned that public fears over SARS, which is spreading worldwide but has yet to be confirmed in Japan, will spark discrimination against sufferers.
The hemophiliacs, the next of kin of patients who have died and their supporters made a written request to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry on the matter.
They said they have suffered not only HIV/AIDS from the contaminated blood products but also social prejudice and discrimination.
They urged the ministry to ensure that local governments and medical institutions respect the rights of SARS patients and be prepared to accept them or offer advice, according to the request.
They also called for a careful examination of the seriousness and infectious power of the disease now that the ministry has newly designated SARS as an infectious disease for the first time under a law authorizing it to forcibly hospitalize patients.
The victims contracted HIV mainly from the now-defunct Green Cross Corp. blood products and, in a series of cases since 1989, sued the government over its failure to prevent the disaster.
Japan visit postponed
SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) The mayor of Zhuhai in China's Guangdong Province has postponed his visit to Japan due to the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome in the region, officials said Wednesday.
Mayor Wang Shunsheng and his entourage had been slated to arrive in Japan on Monday to participate in a cultural exchange with the city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. They informed Atami on Friday they wanted to postpone the trip, the officials said.
Wang and his group were to visit Atami on Thursday after making a tour of businesses in Tokyo.
The group had planned sightseeing trips, including to Kyoto, before returning home Monday.
Last week, the World Health Organization issued a rare advisory urging travelers to avoid Guangdong and Hong Kong due to the SARS epidemic.
The Japan Times: April 10, 2003
>>>>The victims contracted HIV mainly from the now-defunct Green Cross Corp.
See post 55 for Green Cross Corp's latest business name.
Hmmmm. was the Chinese SARS outbreak actually posioning, or did poisoning lower the resistance to SARS? I suppose we’ll never actually know.
Would like to read the Blood Trail series, but none of the links worked. Is there another way to get to the stories?
As a side note I wonder how many folks out there, especially those who’s insurance has you using a mail service for your prescriptions realize their meds are made in India.
I was recently shocked to look up the name of the drug company supplying my husbands cholesterol medicine, India.
Yet we have our government warning us not to buy drugs from Canada or online. What makes the difference if we are going to allow third world countries to produce our generic drugs?
As for China messing with our food and drug supplies I find it very frightening.
Back in 2001, my local paper did a large spread on genetic experiments and the Guangdong Providence. They had pictures of the villages with children left orphans because one of the ways to make money was to sell blood.
The online archives for our papers are only 2 weeks.
I’ve gone to the library to try to find that article in microfilm and have not been able to find it, yet.
It is truly sad that most people dont even know that any of this is going on. They have not clue, and they fully trust that our government will keep them safe. A few print reporters think it is important enough to report on the dangers of trading with China. Stories trickle out here and there on the internet, and you can find them if you look for them, but our media doesnt seem to think any of this is important at all. They would rather talk non-stop about Paris Hilton, Brittany Spears, Alec Baldwin, and Anna Nicole Smith.
The links are dead? Let me check.
NOTE: If ANY link fails to load, please e-mail email@example.com with the article name and number and we will send you a copy of it.
Blood Trail Michael Sullivan's (Galster) links.and Support Groups
RCMP Blood Task Force
If you have ANY doubts about the validity of TAINTED BLOOD, check this site out!
Haha I’m guilty of chatting about the Anna Nicole case, but I find all the legal aspects surrounding her death very interesting. I didn’t think much of Anna herself—thought she was a grifter and a druggie.
This China food situation has my highest priority and it IS amazing that such a very small microcosm of people are aware of the problem. Ignorance can’t be bliss? Or can it?
OMG, you are right. Blood Trail is gone!
I’m just seeing the splash page!
i’m going to check the Net archives!
UNREAL, cant wait for the FDA press conference on Tuesday.
Read now that the EPA is involved.
Thank you - this is the information I have been looking for today.
no one is talking about it, but someone, somewhere needs to sound the alarm...
What a freaking mess..... how much longer are they going to be able to keep the main, MSM lid on all this?
Of course, this IS the New York Times....
I'm off to bed now; but keep checking here for the Blood Trail links:
That is what I find interesting......that The New York Times has actually published this information. They are usually one of the best at ignoring and suppressing important and relevant news. Maybe since the NYT has let some information slip out, the rest of the media will start to do so, too. They all seem to get their “news” from one single secret source. The script is always the same......they all talk about exactly the same things, using exactly the same phrases, on every station and channel. We can only hope that the light bulb has finally gone off and the media has just started to realize that maybe this affects them, too.
Lets assume for a minute that what the FDA continues to tell us is true, that melamine has not been proven to harm animals and humans and they are just being “cautious”.
Then I want to know what the real poison is......the one that they found in the gluten products......the one that is killing thousands of pets, the one that is causing them to destroy thousands of pigs and chickens, the one that is causing them to continue to recall pet foods because of a possibility of cross-contamination, the one that hasn’t even occured to the vets to test for yet, the one that because of the “dilution effect” shouldn’t really be that harmful to humans.
If this poison so dangerous that “cross-contamination” could be a problem, that even small quantities of it in, lets say the air, that end up landing on pet food that has not been packaged yet, or let’s say, left behind in pet food preparation vats because of inadequate cleaning practices, could kill that many pets and possibly humans? Have any of the actual workers at Menu Foods become ill?
Nobody has disclaimed when they first found rat poison in the pet food in New York, if they have I have not read it.
Remember that was the first warning, then it was the melemine.