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  • How Imports Swamp FDA

    09/02/2007 8:08:16 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 38 replies · 923+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 2, 2007 | By Stephen J. Hedges
    When the 65 steel drums crossed from the Canadian border in late April, the accompanying documents said they contained honey from Canada, according to U.S. government officials. Since most food products from Canada are considered safe, the honey normally would have sailed through U.S. customs. But U.S. inspectors noticed something odd. The green steel drums were marked as containing apple concentrate from China, one official said. When Food and Drug Administration investigators examined the honey inside, they found chips of green paint -- most likely from the drums themselves -- floating at the bottom of some drums. And laboratory tests...
  • China's Contamination Scandals Exposed

    09/01/2007 7:15:54 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 14 replies · 732+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2007 | By David Eimer in Beijing
    The piles of pills scattered across the desk of Wang Hai, China's leading consumer rights champion, look like painkillers and aspirin and come with convincing packaging. But appearances can be deceptive in China. "They're all fake. They don't contain anything dangerous, but they're all completely useless and just designed to rip off the consumer," said Mr Wang. There have long been cases of such phoney pills being exported to Africa. But the most recent spate of product and food quality scandals have left the "Made in China" label in tatters around the world. Since March, exports ranging from contaminated pet...
  • Wal-Mart: Melamine Found in Dog Treats (Dog Treat Update)

    08/21/2007 8:08:46 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 31 replies · 897+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | By Jon Gambrell - Associated Press
    (LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) - Tests of two Chinese brands of dog treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine, a chemical agent that led to another massive pet food recall in March, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Wal-Mart quietly stopped selling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading in July, after customers said the products sickened their pets. Company spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said 17 sets of tests done on the products found melamine, a contaminant that's a byproduct of several pesticides. "There were very small amounts of melamine found," Galberth told The...
  • Reaping The Fruits Of A China-Dependent Economy

    08/18/2007 6:26:49 AM PDT · by GFritsch · 40 replies · 959+ views
    TFP Forum ^ | 8/17/2007 | John Horvat II
    Reaping The Fruits Of A China-Dependent Economy For decades, American businessmen have been outsourcing production and setting up factories in Communist China. They cite a large and industrious work force with minimal labor costs as the reason that supposed allows them to manufacture a product at the lowest possible costs. American manufacturers employing American workers are hard-pressed to compete. Behind the façade of Asia’s industrial powerhouse, however, is the tragic reality of a society without morals. Chinese labor conditions are notoriously horrible with little or no provisions for worker safety. Wages are low, free trade unions not allowed and...
  • Where Did That Food Come From? Your Guess is as Good as the Label

    08/17/2007 3:45:13 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 540+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 16, 2007 | By ANDREW SCHNEIDER
    Law would streamline regulations -- if it passes The apple-blackberry sauce sold widely in Seattle supermarkets, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal on the label, says it comes from Chino, Calif. It also says "Product of Canada." So how do you know where it's from? You don't. Dried banana chips are labeled as being from Sumner. But banana trees don't grow in Sumner. Peanut butter from Canada? There are no peanut farms in that country. Congress passed a law in 2002 saying that consumers were to be told where the food they buy comes from. But five years...
  • Wal-Mart misses view and cuts full-year forecast ( Walmart never should have made us Mad )

    08/14/2007 7:58:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 242 replies · 3,519+ views
    yahoo...Reuters ^ | August 14 | Nicole Maestri
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc... the world's largest retailer, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and cut its full-year earnings forecast on Tuesday, saying its customers remain under economic pressure. Chief Executive Lee Scott blamed the disappointing performance on economic pressure around the world. "It is no secret that many customers are running out of money toward the end of the month," Scott said on a recorded conference call, adding that higher fuel prices, interest rates, utility costs and "more financial pressure" are hurting sales in its international market, including Mexico and Canada. With more than 127 million customers visiting a Wal-Mart store...
  • Official: China knew about magnets

    08/14/2007 11:31:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 107 replies · 1,823+ views
    CNN ^ | 08/14/07
    Official: China knew about magnets BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- China knew about problems with magnets on toys as long ago as March, an industry official said on Wednesday, following a second massive recall of Chinese-made Mattel toys due to hazards from small, powerful magnets. Mattel's Barbie and Tanner doll set is one of the products being recalled. 1 of 2 Mattel Inc. the largest U.S. toy company, recalled millions more Chinese-made toys on Tuesday due to hazards from the magnets and lead paint, and warned it may recall additional products as it steps up testing. "We knew about the situation,...
  • Americans extremely wary of China goods: poll (Zogby: 2/3 for boycotting Chinese goods)

    08/07/2007 11:09:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 63 replies · 1,118+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/08/07
    Americans extremely wary of China goods: poll Tue Aug 7, 9:55 PM ET U.S. consumers are extremely wary of products made in China in the wake of a series of safety scandals, with nearly two-thirds saying they would support a boycott of Chinese goods, a poll showed on Tuesday. Asked by pollster Zogby International whether they were concerned about buying Chinese products, 82 percent of respondents said yes and only 30 percent said they believed food imports from China were safe. "The recent warnings and recalls about toxic toothpaste, tainted pet food, contaminated seafood and lead paint-laced toys from China...
  • Chinese officals defend food quality, criticize foreign media "fabrications"

    08/02/2007 8:58:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 339+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 08/02/07
    Chinese officals defend food quality, criticize foreign media "fabrications" 2007-08-02 23:13:28 Print BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official has lambasted foreign media for fabricating scares over Chinese food products. Some foreign media had viciously sensationalized product quality problems and food scares concerning a small number of Chinese goods or companies, said Vice Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng. Some media fabricated safety problems in campaigns to block imports of Chinese goods, which he described as de facto trade protectionism, he said. Gao said some foreign media reports told of Chinese boys as young as six growing moustaches and...
  • Until Nothing is Left

    08/02/2007 7:27:45 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 123 replies · 2,192+ views
    Los Angeles City Beat ^ | August 2, 2007 | By William J. Kelly
    It’s 9 a.m. and workers are rolling up the giant doors at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Grocers are ready for business, their stalls colorfully stocked with vegetables and fruit – green beans, squash, tomatoes, lettuces, asparagus, oranges, apples, avocados, nectarines. This open air market, and scores of groceries and supermarkets throughout Los Angeles, once offered nothing but the bounty of California, the largest agricultural state in the nation. Long the salad bowl for the nation, we became the envy of easterners who face limited selections of vegetables and fruits during winter months. It’s still true that every...
  • Chinese Fish Receives US Ban

    08/02/2007 7:09:54 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 31 replies · 891+ views ^ | August 2, 2007 |
    The importing of a number of fish into the US from China has been banned due to health concerns. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that all farm-raised catfish, basa, shrimp, dace and eel from China has been banned, due to concerns over drug residues that are not approved in the US for use on farm-raised aquatic animals, were found on fish. "We are taking this strong step because of current and continuing evidence that certain Chinese aquaculture products imported into the US contain illegal substances that are not permitted in seafood sold here," commented Dr David Acheson, FDA's...
  • China says ‘over 99% of exports’ safe ...(The 1% must be the food we consume)

    08/02/2007 8:36:58 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 25 replies · 491+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 2 2007 | Geoff Dyer, Eoin Callan
    China on Thursday strongly defended the quality of its exports and said it would work with the US to improve product safety in the wake of another substantial recall of goods made in China. Mattel is recalling 1.5m toys worldwide, including replicas of popular children’s television characters such as Elmo, Dora and Big Bird, because they use paint that contains too much lead, the biggest such problem to face the US toy-maker in more than a decade. The high-profile toy recall is the latest in a string of problems to face China-made goods in the US, ranging from contaminated pet...
  • Hidden Import Dangers

    07/30/2007 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Kaput · 16 replies · 584+ views ^ | July 26, 2007 | Bethany Stotts
    Hidden Import Dangers by: Bethany Stotts, July 26, 2007 In the last few months, a series of reports about the looming dangers of products from Communist China has sparked a public outcry against compromised foreign safety standards. Families at home now wonder whether the fish they eat will give them cancer, whether their medications contain poison, and whether it is safe to drive before buying new tires. With the revelation that 1.5 million Tommy the Train toys have been recalled because of lead-based paint, parents have realized that even their children are not safe from these hidden dangers. On July...
  • Liability Lawyers Struggle to Pierce the Chinese Curtain

    07/28/2007 5:14:29 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 29 replies · 625+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2007 | By Xiyun Yang
    When Mark Lanier, a liability lawyer in Houston, took the case of a 6-year-old girl who choked to death on a toy, he tried suing everybody in the supply chain: the fast-food restaurant that sold the toy in a children's meal, the American importer and the toy's Chinese manufacturer. The restaurant chain, Whataburger, and the importer settled for an undisclosed amount, but Lanier said he could not even find the proper entity in China to serve with a lawsuit. With Chinese imports triggering a flurry of product-safety violations in recent months, American consumers have grown increasingly anxious about how and...
  • Are you fed up with "MADE IN CHINA" stuff (VANITY)

    07/24/2007 8:40:30 AM PDT · by CHEE · 128 replies · 2,090+ views
    Made IN USA ^ | July 24, 2007 | Chee Fulton
    If you are upset with the USA trade balance, as I am, then you may wish to check out some of the merchants on the Source URL.
  • China’s Industrial Nightmare

    07/22/2007 6:31:06 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 635+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | July 22, 2007 | By Orville Schell
    The Western media have a habit of going on feeding frenzies. Ironically, when it comes to China, the latest frenzy concerns food itself. The execution this week of the former head of China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), Zhen Xiaoyu, who accepted almost $1 million in bribes, shows that the frenzy has now seeped into China as well. First came a spate of stories about pet food laced with melamine (a coal derivative), cough medicine and toothpaste adulterated with diethylene glycol (a sweet-tasting industrial chemical used in anti-freeze and brake fluid), toy trains decorated with lead-based paints, bacteria-infected antibiotics,...
  • China warns U.S. against "smear attacks" on imports-(China the future is showing)

    07/19/2007 5:23:51 PM PDT · by Flavius · 44 replies · 1,294+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China warned the United States on Thursday against "groundless smear attacks" against Chinese products and said it was working responsibly to address concerns over a spate of recent food safety scares.
  • A Taste of Racism in the Chinese Food Scare

    07/16/2007 6:50:19 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 74 replies · 1,727+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 15, 2007 | Jeff Yang
    ...Nevertheless, China has been portrayed as a nation blind to hygiene and blissfully unconcerned about recent reports of food contamination. That's troubling, because it reinforces the notion that befouled food is the consequence of a foul culture. Chef and gustatory adventurer Anthony Bourdain may have said it best in a 2006 Salon interview in which he noted that there's "something kind of racist" about culinary xenophobia: "Fear of dirt is often indistinguishable from the fear of unnamed dirty people." And this, in turn, spells danger. What one might call "food libel" has long been an aspect of a larger fear...
  • China Fears: More Shoppers Buy American

    07/14/2007 8:12:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 101 replies · 3,701+ views
    CBN News ^ | July 13, 2007 | By Heather Sells - Concern about food made in China has the government there scrambling -- and many shoppers here in the U.S. confused. With billions of food dollars at stake, serious damage control efforts are underway, both here and overseas. Trusting his gut, Frank Davis of Utah added a label to the vitamins he makes, 100 percent China-free. "I don't want to offend China," Davis said. "I'm just concerned about what's going into products, where it's coming from." A new poll confirms his instinct, finding that 74 percent of grocery shoppers in the U.S. are concerned about food from China. And...
  • Garlic: The International Wonder

    07/13/2007 5:15:55 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 69 replies · 2,595+ views ^ | July 5, 2007 | By Sue Kovach Shuman
    At its freshest and best, garlic not only is a zestful seasoning but it's a healthy food, as well. It's our biggest vegetable import from China. At the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, chef Andrew Brown is using tender young garlic scapes from Green Meadow Farm in Gap while anticipating the July harvest of regular, red and elephant bulbs from Overbrook Herb Farm in Lansdale. The garlic used by chef Frank Maragos at Foti's, in Culpeper, Va., comes from nearby Campi di Sogni Farm, where owner Juliana De Santis grows about 30 kinds. But most of us buy garlic at...
  • Latest China food scare: Don't eat pickled veggies

    07/10/2007 6:39:38 PM PDT · by angelcindy · 63 replies · 2,026+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 10, 2007 | wnd
    Poisons routinely used in mainland, reveals report on safety concerns WASHINGTON – With hundreds now dead in Panama as a result of poisons in Chinese-made toothpaste, the translation of a shocking Chinese report on food safety on the mainland is not likely to ease growing consumer concerns in the U.S. and Europe over imports from the Communist country. The report, authored by Zhou Qing and titled "What Kind of God: A Survey of the Current Safety of China's Food," a finalist for the 2006 international Ulysses Award, reveals widespread use of toxic chemicals in the preparation of food meant even...
  • Kids' Snacks in China Fail Standards;More Fake Blood Protein Found

    07/03/2007 3:45:28 AM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 672+ views
    ap ^ | 7/3/07 | Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese inspectors found dozens of children's snacks that failed food standards and seized hundreds of bottles of fake human blood protein from hospitals, officials said Tuesday. China's dismal health and safety record -- both within and outside its borders -- has increasingly come under the spotlight as its goods make their way to global markets. Major buyers like the United States, Japan, and the European Union have pushed Beijing to improve inspections.
  • Avoiding 'Made in China' Labels Not Easy-(consumer revolution)

    06/29/2007 6:17:14 PM PDT · by Flavius · 42 replies · 1,447+ views
    ap ^ | By Dirk Lammers, AP Business Writer
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Poisoned pet food. Seafood laced with potentially dangerous antibiotics. Toothpaste tainted with an ingredient in antifreeze. Tires missing a key safety component. U.S. shoppers may be forgiven if they are becoming leery of Chinese-made goods and are trying to fill their shopping carts with products free of ingredients from that country. The trouble is, that may be almost impossibl
  • Warning Over Chinese Food Imports

    06/24/2007 6:55:34 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 8 replies · 546+ views
    The Local (Sweden's News in English) ^ | June 24, 2007 | The Local
    Increasing food imports from China could pose a risk to public health in Sweden, according to the food products governing body. During the first five months of the year, Sweden's National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) was made aware of 138 cases within the EU of food imported from China that was not fit for consumption. By the same time last year the figure had reached 88. Examples included food containing banned colouring, antibiotics, preservatives or pesticides. There were also cases of illegally imported, unclean or foul-smelling food, as well as products with high levels of heavy metals, poisonous mould and dioxins,...
  • Chinese Tires Blamed for Fatal Van Accident

    06/25/2007 3:50:23 PM PDT · by ears_to_hear · 50 replies · 2,096+ views
    consumer affairs ^ | 6/25/07 | Million Similar Tires Sold in U.S.
    First it was pet food, then toothpaste, then toy trains. Now it's tires. A lawsuit blames cheap Chinese tires for a fatal traffic accident in Pennsylvania. The suit says tread separation caused a cargo van carrying four passengers to crash, killing two passengers and injuring the other two. The light truck tires were sold under the names Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS... The case is reminiscent of the huge Firestone tire recall of 2000, when faulty tires were blamed for a series of accidents and rollovers, many involving the Ford Explorer. "This is a prime example of a private lawsuit...
  • Importer Told to Recall Chinese Tires(More Chicom Junk!)

    06/25/2007 6:10:13 PM PDT · by kellynla · 36 replies · 2,127+ views ^ | Jun 25 , 2007 | JEFFREY GOLD
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal safety officials have ordered a tiny tire importer to recall as many as 450,000 tires that it bought from a Chinese manufacturer and sold to U.S. distributors. Foreign Tire Sales Inc., of Union, said an unknown number of the light truck radials it imported since 2002 from Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co., of Hangzhou, China, could suffer tread separation, a problem that led to the nation's largest tire recall in 2000. FTS said an unknown number of the tires it sold were made without a safety feature, called a gum strip, which helps bind the belts...
  • China Says Food Safety Under Control

    06/12/2007 6:49:32 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 38 replies · 439+ views ^ | June 12, 2007 | By Audra Ang
    China's problems with food safety are not major and should not be overblown, an official said Tuesday, in the latest push to alleviate international concerns over its products. Li Dongsheng, vice minister for the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, said China has over the years developed "very good, very complete methods" to regulate product safety. Questions have arisen over China's safety checks amid increasing number of tainted items have been found both inside and outside the country. "Yes, there are now some problems of food safety of Chinese products. However, they are not serious. We should not exaggerate those...
  • China exports lead poisoning

    06/12/2007 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 1,222+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 7, 2007 | WorldNetDaily
    WASHINGTON – In the wake of scandals involving tainted food and toothpaste from China comes word of a new concern from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead. While lead poisoning among children was once mainly caused by old paint, U.S. manufacturers long ago banned the ingredient. Today, a new rash of high lead levels in the bloodstreams of American kids is being caused by foreign products – mainly from China. So serious is the resurgence of lead poisoning...
  • Quality Issues Point to China's Internal Rot

    06/11/2007 7:25:45 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 20 replies · 672+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | June 11, 2007 | By Sushil Seth
    Despite much of the world's fascination with China, principally because of its fast-paced economic growth, things are not quite right based on reports emerging about the deepening rot across the board. In Australia, for instance, a regional grocery chain has removed Chinese-made toothpaste from its stores because of a toxic chemical normally used in hydraulic and brake fluids as a coolant and a solvent. It is the same chemical reportedly used in a Chinese-made cough syrup, responsible for the deaths of 300 people in Panama. At the same time, a well-known Australian textile importer has reportedly "quarantined eight container loads...
  • Another Chinese Medical Scandal ...

    06/11/2007 6:17:10 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 3 replies · 336+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 June 2007 | BBC News
    BBC NEWS Chinese hospitals used fake drips: Chinese investigators say nearly 60 hospitals and pharmacies in north-eastern China have been using fake blood protein in patients' drips. Albumin, or plasma protein, is used to treat patients suffering from shock and burns and during open-heart surgery. Experts suggest that the fake product could be life-threatening for those already in a serious condition. The scandal is the latest to expose weaknesses in China's regulation of food and drug standards. Big profit: The food and drug administration in the north-eastern state of Jilin found 18 hospitals and more than 30 pharmacies sold or...
  • China Investigates Fake Blood Protein

    06/11/2007 5:01:37 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 36 replies · 584+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Monday, June 11, 2007 | By Associated Press
    BEIJING - China said Monday it was investigating the sale of fake blood protein, a potentially dangerous and widespread practice that underscores the country’s problems with product safety. State media reported one death from use of the counterfeits, but authorities have not said whether anyone has fallen ill. A shortage of albumin, a blood protein that chronically ill people often lack, triggered a nationwide investigation in March into whether fakes were being sold, China Central Television said. The report centered on an inquiry in the northeastern province of Jilin, where 59 hospitals and pharmacies were sold more than 2,000 bottles...
  • Growth in Organic Dairies Tests Supply of Organic Feed

    06/09/2007 6:48:49 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 11 replies · 383+ views
    The Columbian ^ | June 9, 2007 | By Shannon Dininny
    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- It comes as no surprise to anyone that the number of organic farms is booming to meet consumer demand for healthy food. In Washington, a state known more for its apples than any other crop, there are 45 organic dairies. Five years ago, there were just two. The challenge has been feeding all of those cows. Acreage of organic forage, such as hay and alfalfa, has grown 40 percent in the past two years, yet isn't keeping pace with demand. In particular, high-protein crops like soybeans that are necessary feed for dairy cows are in short...
  • Growing China produces most of world's vitamins

    06/05/2007 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Flavius · 51 replies · 1,200+ views
    miamihearald ^ | Jun. 05, 2007 | BY TIM JOHNSON
    SHIJIAZHUANG, China -- If you pop a vitamin C tablet in your mouth, it's a good bet it came from China. In less than a decade, China has captured 90 percent of the U.S. market for vitamin C, driving almost everyone else out of business. Chinese pharmaceutical companies also have taken over much of the world market in the production of antibiotics, analgesics, enzymes and primary amino acids. According to an industry group, China makes 70 percent of the world's penicillin, 50 percent of its aspirin and 35 percent of its acetaminophen (often sold under the brand name Tylenol), as...
  • Costa Rica Seizes Tainted Toothpaste

    05/27/2007 11:59:26 AM PDT · by ears_to_hear · 27 replies · 967+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/27/07 | Associated press
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Health officials said Friday they have seized more than 350 tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste tainted with a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes sold elsewhere in the world.
  • Food watchdog blocks melamine-tainted gluten from entering Canada

    05/26/2007 3:15:27 PM PDT · by fanfan · 11 replies · 677+ views ^ | Friday, May 25, 2007 | CBC News
    Canada's food watchdog said Friday it has intercepted one shipment of corn gluten imported from China that tested positive for melamine and cyanuric acid. Melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, was found in more than 100 brands of contaminated pet food that were recalled from the marketplace in Canada and the United States in mid-March. The manufacturers had used tainted wheat flour imported from China. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has tested 32 samples of wheat, rice, soy and corn gluten and protein concentrates coming into the country from China. The federal agency is also testing imports...
  • Monkfish Recall Announced

    05/24/2007 2:13:56 PM PDT · by ears_to_hear · 93 replies · 1,696+ views
    Houston Chronical ^ | 5/24/07 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A frozen product labeled monkfish distributed in three states is being recalled after two Chicago area people became ill after eating it, the importer announced Thursday. Hong Chang Corporation of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., said it is recalling the product labeled as monkfish because it may contain tetrodotoxin, a potent toxin. While the frozen fish imported from China was labeled monkfish, the company said it is concerned that it may be pufferfish because this toxin is usually associated with certain types of pufferfish. Eating foods containing tetrodotoxin can result in life-threatening illness or death and the toxin cannot...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Pet Food (Seeking Unopened Samples!)

    05/24/2007 7:23:18 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 92 replies · 4,071+ views
    Itchmo Blog Archive ^ | Thursday May 24, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    ORIGINAL POST: Itchmo has learned that a toxicology test reported the presence of cyanuric acid in an opened bag of what is alleged to be Iams Large Breed dry dog food. According to the report obtained by Itchmo, the results have been certified by a forensic toxicologist. We have obtained a copy of the toxicology report. Iams Large Breed does not list rice protein concentrate or wheat gluten as ingredients. ... This information requires verification and we are asking for your help. Itchmo is asking you to find an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed dry dog food...
  • China Admits Producing Toxic Toothpaste for Kids

    05/23/2007 6:49:55 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 35 replies · 1,534+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | By Asia News
    Panama and the Dominican Republic report tainted toothpaste imported from China containing diethylene glycol. Importing countries now demand transparency; Beijing pledges inquiries and greater controls. Toothpaste makers object that they have been making the same products for years without causing death. China announced yesterday an “inquiry” into the origin of toothpaste containing potentially lethal poison exported to Central America. It also tried to reassure importing countries that Chinese products are safe. However, many buyers want Chinese companies and government agencies to show greater transparency and co-operation. Chen Yaozu, general manager of Danyang Chengshi Household Chemical Co, said his company had...
  • U.S. checking all toothpaste imports from China

    05/24/2007 5:53:47 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 65 replies · 1,597+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2007 | Reuters
    U.S. checking all toothpaste imports from China WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. health officials are beginning to check all shipments of toothpaste coming from China, following reports of tainted products in other countries, a government spokesman said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration has no evidence that contaminated toothpaste has made its way into the United States but is taking the step as a precaution, agency spokesman Doug Arbesfeld said. China is the second-largest exporter of toothpaste to the United States behind Canada, according to the FDA. The FDA's action comes after the lethal chemical diethylene glycol was found in toothpaste...
  • Big holes frustrate food import safety net

    05/20/2007 9:26:17 PM PDT · by Flavius · 19 replies · 749+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 5/20/07 | By Stephen J. Hedges
    WASHINGTON -- As federal regulators scrambled last month to contain a pet food contamination outbreak, officials in some Southern states had a different concern: Noticing that catfish imports from China had skyrocketed, they began testing the imported fish. ... The discovery enabled Alabama and Mississippi to put "stop sale" orders on the catfish, tying up more than 700,000 pounds of fish in Alabama alone. But without these last-minute tests, the fish would have been eaten by any number of consumers, despite the presence of the banned antibiotics. ...
  • Poisoned Toothpaste Possibly from China

    05/19/2007 6:35:37 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 86 replies · 3,155+ views
    THE REGISTER GUARD ^ | Saturday, May 19, 2007 | By Walt Bogdanich and Renwick McLean
    Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said Friday that the product appeared to have originated in China. ``Our preliminary information is that it came from China, but we don't know that with certainty yet,'' said Daniel Delgado Diamante, Panama's director of customs. ``We are still checking all the possible imports to see if there could be other shipments.'' Some of the toothpaste, which arrived several months ago in the free trade zone next to the Panama Canal, was re-exported to the Dominican Republic in...
  • Seafood from China May Pose a Threat to Human Health

    05/16/2007 5:12:58 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 21 replies · 1,024+ views
    Newswise ^ | May 16, 2007 | Newswise
    Adding to China’s recent problems of food safety is now seafood contamination. As the world’s largest producer and exporter of fish and fish products, China may need to more closely monitor shellfish contaminant levels, because contaminants are finding their way into seafood. A new study found samples from markets that contained concentrations of contaminants high enough to pose threats to human health. The study is published in the latest issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Organochlorine pesticides such as DDT can accumulate in top predators, including humans. Though these pesticides were officially banned in 1983, China had been using them...
  • Even Vitamin Additives Coming from China

    05/10/2007 3:18:55 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 163 replies · 2,946+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | May 10, 2007 | Peter Kovacs
    Lost amid the anxiety surrounding the tainted U.S. pet food supply is this sobering reality: It’s not just pet owners who should be worried. The uncontrolled distribution of low-quality imported food ingredients, mainly from China, poses a grave threat to public health worldwide. Essential ingredients, such as vitamins used in many packaged foods, arrive at U.S. ports from China and, as recent news reports have underscored, are shipped without inspection to food and beverage distributors and manufacturers. Although they are used in relatively small quantities, these ingredients carry enormous risks for American consumers. One pound of tainted wheat gluten could,...
  • U.S. proposal to allow chicken imports from China raises health concerns

    05/09/2007 8:05:57 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 126 replies · 1,800+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | May 9, 2007 | Diedtra Henderson
    WASHINGTON: In China, some farmers try to maximize the output from their small plots by flooding produce with unapproved pesticides, pumping livestock with antibiotics banned in other countries and using human feces as fertilizer to increase soil productivity. But the questionable practices do not end there: Chicken pens are frequently suspended over ponds where seafood is raised, recycling chicken waste as a food source for seafood, according to a leading food safety expert who served as adviser to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Suspect Chinese agricultural practices could soon affect consumers in the United States. Government authorities are working...
  • Food safety an issue across Asia

    05/13/2007 3:08:32 PM PDT · by Flavius · 13 replies · 427+ views
    afp ^ | 5/12/07 | by Lynne O'Donnell
    HONG KONG (AFP) - When Bangladeshi magistrate Rokon-ud-Dowla raided a local fish market to check on the quality of the food for sale, he was shocked by what he discovered. ... Across Asia governments appear to be struggling to control the use of toxic chemicals in manufactured and fresh food, chemicals that experts believe are responsible for deteriorating public health. ...
  • Alaska fish ate tainted commercial feed

    05/13/2007 3:02:59 PM PDT · by Eye of Unk · 16 replies · 870+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | Sunday May 13, 2007 | Eye of Unk
    Millions of young fish being raised in Alaska's vast network of salmon hatcheries were fed food contaminated with melamine, the same substance that has triggered a massive recall of pet food following the deaths of cats and dogs.
  • China starts mobile food testing

    05/11/2007 10:47:40 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 22 replies · 635+ views
    China's business hub of Shanghai will use mobile testing units it says can verify the safety of most food within 30 minutes, as fears grow at home and abroad over contaminated Chinese products ranging from cough syrup to pet food. All districts of the city have been equipped with "food safety testing vehicles and personnel," eliminating the need for expensive and time-consuming laboratory tests, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a report issued late Wednesday. "The system can tell the safety of most food products within 30 minutes," Li Jie, deputy director of the Shanghai Food and Drug Supervision...
  • China food and drug chief faces graft trial

    05/11/2007 10:56:36 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 7 replies · 533+ views
    The former head of China's State Food and Drug Administration will go on trial beginning next week for allegedly taking bribes in return for drug approvals, state media reported on Wednesday. Zheng Xiaoyu will face an initial court hearing in Beijing in what will be a closed trial, the China Daily newspaper said. Zheng, 63, was removed from his post in June 2005. An official investigation that concluded last month accused him of accepting more than five million yuan (650,000 dollars) in bribes to grant approvals on hundreds of medicines. His former secretary Cao Wenzhuang, who is accused of accepting...
  • States Ban Catfish Imports From China Over Tests

    05/11/2007 4:53:00 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 91 replies · 1,611+ views
    NPR ^ | 5/11/07 | by Melanie Peeples
    Catfish imports from China are causing economic and health concerns in the South. Tests on some frozen catfish fillets from China have found two antibiotics banned by the Food and Drug Administration. Alabama has banned catfish from China, after it determined that the fillets contained the antibiotics. Mississippi has halted store sales of the imported fish; Louisiana and Arkansas plan to test all catfish imported from China. Aside from any threat to health, the imports have also been a threat to the economy of the Mississippi Delta, which provides more than three-fourths of the catfish eaten in the United States....
  • U.S. melamine probers find empty Chinese factories

    05/11/2007 8:53:57 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 37 replies · 1,556+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 10, 2007 | Charles Abbott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators found shuttered factories when they arrived at the Chinese food processors blamed for putting the chemical melamine into vegetable proteins shipped to America, officials said on Thursday. -snip- "Nothing is available to be seen at the facilities. They were closed down, machinery dismantled," said Batts. Chinese officials did obtain samples at the facilities in April and sent them to an independent laboratory for testing, he said. "We assume we will have access to those when the results are ready."