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  • The Jackasses did it……HR 2749 the Seizure of the US food supply and production passed the House

    08/01/2009 7:24:30 PM PDT · by FromLori · 292 replies · 11,752+ views
    Despite some really eloquent speeches to the contrary, our “for sale” House of Representatives passed the Food Fascism Act….euphemistically called a food safety act, by a margin of about 140 over the naysayer’s. True to form, Rosa DeLauro spoke about things she knows nothing about and couldn’t care less; Rosa just loves her some Monsanto! And that exclusion for farms??? Gone! And that includes you organic idiots who thought you had kissed enough behinds to have your industry excluded. The newly revised bill that appeared overnight after the original was defeated 29th of July, now includes all those farms we...
  • House passes far-reaching food safety bill

    07/31/2009 1:03:55 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 99 replies · 4,571+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | July 31, 2009 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    The House has passed a far-reaching food safety bill requiring more government inspections and imposing new penalties on those who violate the law, reacting strongly to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts that killed at least nine people. The legislation would require greater oversight of food manufacturers and give the Food and Drug Administration new authority to order recalls. It also would require the FDA to develop a system for better tracing food-borne illnesses. Food companies would be required to create detailed food safety plans. President Barack Obama praised the bill soon after it was passed, calling it "a major...
  • HR 2749: Food Safety’s Scorched Earth Policy

    07/23/2009 5:11:36 AM PDT · by FromLori · 69 replies · 2,423+ views
    Farm Wars ^ | 7/22/09
    HR 2749 is being rushed through Congress, and the house may look to suspend the rules and fast track the bill at Obama’s request. Just what can we expect from this legislation? A lot more of the following: Dick Peixoto planted hedges of fennel and flowering cilantro around his organic vegetable fields in the Pajaro Valley near Watsonville to harbor beneficial insects, an alternative to pesticides. He has since ripped out such plants in the name of food safety, because his big customers demand sterile buffers around his crops. No vegetation. No water. No wildlife of any kind. “I was...
  • Food-Safety Bill Spurs Backlash

    07/16/2009 3:23:23 PM PDT · by FromLori · 5 replies · 276+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Legislation to overhaul the nation's food-safety system has spurred a backlash from livestock and grain farmers who don't want the Food and Drug Administration inspecting farms. The legislation, approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, aims to give the FDA more money and authority to police food safety, and technically doesn't apply to foods the agency doesn't regulate: meat, poultry and some egg products, which are regulated by the Department of Agriculture. But livestock and grain farmers say the legislation isn't written clearly enough, and they gave lawmakers and regulators an earful Thursday at a...
  • Munchies Brand Pistacios May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

    05/20/2009 9:43:57 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies · 316+ views
    The Lake Superior News ^ | April 1, 2009
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Frito Lay Canada are warning the public not to consume Munchies brand Pistachios because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product contains pistachios which have been recently recalled in the USA by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. due to Salmonella contamination. The affected product, Munchies brand Pistachios, is sold in 50 g packages, bearing UPC 0 60410 04595 4, and a date between 04AUG09 and 15DEC09. The date is located on the front of each package. This product has been distributed nationally.
  • Pistachio proposal could reduce food safety risks

    05/10/2009 8:57:06 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 309+ views
    The Merced Sun-Star ^ | May. 09, 2009 | Michael Doyle
    California's pistachio producers could potentially boost research and promotion efforts and do more to combat disease, under Agriculture Department recommendations made public Tuesday. The proposed changes will expand how the Valley-based pistachio industry regulates itself. Growers from Arizona and New Mexico will be folded into an existing marketing order, a grower-run organization which will gain new powers under the proposal. "We're going to reduce the risk of a food safety crisis," said Bob Klein, manager of the Fresno-based Administrative Committee for Pistachios.
  • Two steps to dictatorship

    04/13/2009 6:14:19 PM PDT · by Earl Voak · 41 replies · 1,765+ views
    American Daughter ^ | Monday, April 13th, 2009 | Jerry Kane
    From The Evil Empire: Government control of our food supply is the ultimate step in our enslavement. Barack Obama has moved swiftly...to seize authority over the very food we eat. The mechanism...is legislation that most Congressmen will vote for without reading, as usual, based on the synoptic introduction listing intended improvements.... H.R.875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 S.425, the Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act These bills have the legal potential to eliminate organic farming, destroy small family farms, outlaw natural seed banks, and criminalize even backyard vegetable gardens. Their overt intention, although nobody is noticing, is to...
  • Trade Versus Security

    04/08/2009 9:04:01 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Campus Report ^ | April 8, 2009 | Alanna Hultz
    Trade Versus Security by: Alanna Hultz, April 08, 2009 Measures to ensure national security and consumer safety by regulating imports often come at the cost of reduced trade. David Hummels of Purdue University said at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) recently that “economists believe free trade is welfare maximizing and mutually beneficial for both sides.” He also said that free trade could produce economic gains and national security losses. He then went on to describe food security and discussed problems with the supply chain within China. China has had contaminated baby food, toys and pet food and Hummels believes the...
  • Food Fight Obama's government first attitude puts food safety at risk.

    03/20/2009 6:39:33 PM PDT · by JimPrevor · 13 replies · 593+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/20/2009 | Jim Prevor
    While nominating Dr. Margaret Hamburg as head of the FDA and appointing Joshua Sharfstein as her deputy, President Obama showed a laudable passion as he addressed the nation regarding food safety. Unfortunately, his understanding of the situation is incorrect and his professed goal is counterproductive. President Obama showed he is blinded by the liberal conceit that the government is the most important factor in food safety: "There are certain things only a government can do. And one of those things is ensuring that the foods we eat are safe and don't cause us harm." This is nonsense. The government does...
  • Obama warns of US food 'hazard'

    03/14/2009 11:38:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 109 replies · 2,866+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/14/09 | staff
    President Barack Obama has said the US food safety system is a "public health hazard" and in need of an overhaul. He sounded the warning during his weekly radio and video address, as he appointed a new head of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). New York Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has been named for the post. Mr Obama cited a string of recent food safety scandals including a salmonella outbreak in peanut products this year that has been linked to nine deaths. The president said recent underfunding and understaffing at the FDA had left the agency unable to...
  • Who's Guarding Our Commerce?

    03/14/2009 11:37:48 AM PDT · by JimPrevor · 8 replies · 580+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | March 14, 2009 | Jim Prevor
    On many issues of public concern, from food safety to the financial crisis, legislators and commentators line up on one side or the other: Either these failures prove that the free market doesn't work and that more government regulation is required, or that our regulatory structure doesn't work and that more free enterprise is required. Both positions ignore a common thread -- the failure of "guardian structures" to do their jobs properly. The question is why. It may not be obvious what unites the shipping of salmonella-laced peanut products, the issuance of mortgages without property value adequate to back them...
  • 'Peanut Proud' Farm Town Struggles With Tainted Image (Peanuts from China)

    03/08/2009 6:52:24 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 23 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 19, 2009 | By Patrik Jonsson
    (Blakely, Ga.) - ......Blakely is America's peanut capital, the seat of the biggest peanut-growing county in the United States and "peanut proud," as the motto goes. It's also home to the now-infamous Peanut Corp. of America plant that allegedly sold salmonella-laced products and launched a deadly food-safety scandal. Cafe owner Fred Large say it's unfair that a rogue corporate operator who bought much of his peanut stock from China and Argentina should have "drug this town through the mud." ......Indeed, PCA used few Georgia peanuts. In fact, one lab worker testified to Congress that the original contamination may have come...
  • Months After Melamine, China Food Security "Grim"

    03/08/2009 4:46:11 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 16 replies · 661+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2009 | By Lucy Hornby and Ian Ransom
    (BEIJING) - China said on Monday food security remains "grim" after a series of health scandals, the most recent being last year's tainted milk formula which killed at least six toddlers and made almost 300,000 sick. A new food-safety law, approved on Saturday in an accelerated process since the milk scandal came to light in September, attempts to fix a fragmentary regulatory system which officials blame for recurring problems. "At present, China's food-security situation remains grim with high risks and contradictions," the Ministry of Health said in documents handed to reporters on Monday. The food-safety law, which takes effect on...
  • Chinese Workers Poisoned By Dumplings Recalled After Japan Outbreak

    01/25/2009 6:01:14 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 627+ views
    The Mainichi Daily News ^ | January 25, 2009 | The Mainichi Daily News
    (BEIJING) -- China's food safety record took another hit, after a worker at a state-run steelmaker in Hebei suffered food poisoning caused by locally produced dumplings, which had been recalled following the outbreak of food poisoning in Japan and resold, sources close to the case said. The local authorities instructed state-run firms in Hebei to buy gyoza dumplings produced and later recalled by Tianyang Food Plant in order to bail out the firm, now in crisis following the food safety scandal. The Japanese government has asked the Chinese government for details about the incident, but Beijing has so far refused,...
  • Food Labeling Has A Busy, Controversial Year

    12/26/2008 7:28:00 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 4 replies · 541+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | December 15, 2008 | By Georgina Gustin
    ...A big chunk of the food Americans eat comes from overseas — more than 70 percent of seafood, 90 percent of lamb and mutton, nearly 30 percent of fresh fruit overall and nearly all bananas. But until recently there was no law requiring labels to tell consumers where the food was grown or raised. In 2005, new rules kicked in requiring grocery stores to post signs or labels saying where seafood comes from. And on Sept. 30 of this year, similar rules took effect for meat, produce and nuts. Much of the produce we see in the market has long...
  • "Made in China" label battered by product scandals

    12/08/2008 8:29:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 768+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/08/08 | Ben Blanchard
    "Made in China" label battered by product scandals By Ben Blanchard Mon Dec 8, 8:18 am ET BEIJING (Reuters) – Milk, toothpaste, cough syrup, pet food, eels, blood thinner, car parts, pork, eggs, honey, chicken, dumplings, cooking oil and rice -- if you can fake it or taint it, you can almost guarantee it's happened in China. A string of product safety scandals, including contaminated infant formula that is believed to have killed six babies and sickened thousands of others, have rocked the faith of shoppers, making them wary of buying products made in China despite the often cheaper price...
  • NM Dept. Of Health Recommends Breastfeeding After Infant Dies Of Rare Illness

    12/05/2008 6:47:37 PM PST · by Oyarsa · 15 replies · 641+ views
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A New Mexico infant is dead and another is getting treatment at a hospital for a rare illness called enterobacter sakazakii. The New Mexico Department of Health said the illness is sometimes associated with baby formula. A baby boy in Otero County has died from the bloodstream and central nervous system infection. Now the state is advising safe ways to feed infants, including breastfeeding. “We're doing lab tests right now we're working with the Centers for Disease Control, and the Food and Drug Administration to look at every possible avenue. Right now it hasn't been linked...
  • 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine

    12/01/2008 10:05:47 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 39 replies · 1,151+ views
    NaturalNews.com ^ | 11/29/08 | Mike Adams
    90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine; FDA Abruptly Declares Chemical Safe for Babies Saturday, November 29, 2008 by: Mike Adams, NaturalNews Editor Key concepts: Melamine, Infant formula and The FDA (NaturalNews) Up to 90 percent of the infant formula sold in the United States may be contaminated with trace amounts of melamine, the toxic chemical linked to kidney damage, according to recent tests. The FDA's test results, which the agency hid from the public and only released after the Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that Nestle, Mead Johnson and Enfamil...
  • FDA sets melamine standard for baby formula

    11/29/2008 11:13:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 542+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Nov. 29, 2008 | JOAN LOWY and JUSTIN PRITCHARD
    <p>Two months ago, federal food regulators said they were unable to set a safety threshold for the industrial chemical melamine in baby formula. Now, however, they found a way to settle on a standard that allows for higher levels than those found in U.S.-made batches of the product. Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday set a threshold of 1 part per million of melamine in formula, provided a related chemical is not present. They insisted the formulas are safe.</p>
  • Time to re-examine, re-invent the ag department

    11/23/2008 5:32:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 569+ views
    The Land ^ | November 23, 2008 | Alan Guebert
    One of the more astute observations on the role of government in farm policy ever uttered was offered by then-congressman, later (from 1991-93) secretary of agriculture, Ed Madigan. “The majority of farmers,” Madigan, a moderate Republican, told me in a September 1984 interview between campaigning around his central Illinois district, “just want to be left alone.” So, added the Ranking Member of the House ag committee, “I leave ’em alone.” Twenty-five years and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars later, Madigan’s leave-’em-alone admonition remains as true as it is unheeded. A generation of expensive, expansive policy has delivered a corporate...
  • Tainted milk must be disposed of 'properly'

    11/14/2008 5:48:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 392+ views
    China Daily ^ | 2008-11-05 | Liang Qiwen
    Firms in Guangzhou have been told to dispose of recalled milk contaminated with melamine in an appropriate manner or face severe punishment, a senior environment official said on Tuesday. Zheng Zhewen, director of the Guangzhou environmental protection bureau, said: "We will heavily punish people and organizations that dump or dispose of milk without due care." On Sunday, a waste disposal company in the Baiyun district of Guangzhou used a compactor to dispose of 18 tons of milk, 6 tons of which spilled into the local river, he said. People living nearby complained of a foul smell and were worried the...
  • F.D.A. Detains Chinese Imports for Testing

    11/14/2008 1:42:35 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 5 replies · 359+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/13/08 | GARDINER HARRIS and ANDREW MARTIN
    Candy, snacks, bakery products, pet food and other Chinese products that contain milk will be detained at the border until tests prove that they are not contaminated, the federal government announced Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration said it issued the alert because of concern about such products being contaminated with the toxic chemical melamine. It was discovered in infant formula in September and has sickened more than 50,000 infants in China and killed at least four.
  • China Accused of Covering Up Outbreak of Maggots in Oranges

    11/01/2008 7:19:58 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 21 replies · 793+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 31, 2008 | By Richard Spencer
    The Chinese authorities, already battling a food safety scandal over melamine contamination of milk and eggs, have been accused of covering up an outbreak of maggots in oranges. Tens of thousands of tons of mandarin oranges have had to be destroyed in recent weeks, state media have revealed in the past few days. Yet persistent rumours of an infestation of fruit fly maggots, spread by text message, were denied or played down before the extent of the problem was confirmed. .....According to state media, a farm in Sichuan, in the south-west of the country, first reported its crop of mandarin...
  • HK finds more tainted items

    10/25/2008 6:38:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 515+ views
    Straits Times ^ | Oct 25, 2008
    HONG KONG has discovered the toxic chemical melamine in a brand of eggs and biscuits, authorities said on Saturday, adding to the growing list of tainted products pulled from shelves. Hong Kong's food safety watchdog said tests showed the Select Fresh Brown Eggs and Croley Foods Sunflower Crackers contained melamine, the chemical at the centre of a toxic milk scandal which has rocked China's dairy industry. The Extra Large brand eggs were from farms in mainland China and the biscuits from the Philippines, said the Centre for Food Safety, which has conducted tests on supermarket foods since the scandal broke...
  • Melamine in Chinese egg items

    10/24/2008 10:36:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 669+ views
    Asia One ^ | Wed, Oct 22, 2008
    SOUTH Korea has ordered 23 tonnes of Chinese processed egg products to be destroyed after they were found to be tainted with melamine, the latest in a series of health scares blighting the 'made in China' brand. The move comes after South Korea found melamine in 10 Chinese dairy products earlier this month and ordered them to be taken off shop shelves. Tens of thousands of Chinese children have fallen ill and at least four have died from drinking milk formula contaminated with melamine, which has since been found in a series of drinks and foods and led to products...
  • Conn. officials find tainted cookies in 1 store

    10/20/2008 3:14:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 572+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 20, 2008
    Connecticut officials say cookies made in China that were contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine were found at a West Hartford food shop, and they're warning people not to eat them. The Department of Consumer Protection says its investigators found Koala's March creme-filled cookies at A Dong market on Friday, and testing showed melamine amounts above limits set by the federal government. SNIP Michigan-based Lotte USA Inc. is recalling the cookies from U.S. shelves and says it's not aware of any illnesses associated with the products. Connecticut officials say they suspect other stores in the state may have been selling...
  • Australia recalls products in tainted milk scandal

    10/20/2008 2:44:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 352+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/08
    Australian officials ordered the recall of a milk drink and cake brand after tests showed they were contaminated with melamine, bringing to six the number of Chinese-made products withdrawn in Australia following China's tainted milk scandal. A spokeswoman for Food Standards Australia New Zealand said Monday that Orion brand Tiramisu Italian Cake with Cheese Cream and Dali Yuan brand First Milk vanilla-flavored drink were recalled Friday after government tests revealed the Chinese-made products contained low levels of melamine, the industrial chemical that has sickened tens of thousands of Chinese children.
  • China lawyers say govt warning against tainted milk lawsuits

    10/17/2008 5:29:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 228+ views
    Lawyers for victims of China's tainted milk scandal said Thursday the government had warned them not to sue, although three lawsuits had already been filed and more were expected. The three suits filed separately seek damages over the contamination of dairy supplies with the industrial chemical melamine, which has been blamed for killing four babies and sickening 53,000 children. However, the courts involved had yet to notify plaintiffs whether the cases would be accepted, while judicial authorities were warning lawyers to back off, Beijing attorney Li Fangping told AFP. "This pressure is being placed on all of us," said Li,...
  • Organic Food - Seriously People?

    10/16/2008 1:18:25 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 74 replies · 1,305+ views
    Notoriously Conservative Blog ^ | 10/16/08 | Notoriously Conservative
    Organic food. To me, this is one of the biggest scams out there. If a company slaps an organic symbol on their packaging, people will pay twice as much as the “non-organic” equivalent. Now, I may not have been the best organic chemistry student in college, but I do seem to remember that organic is anything carbon based, usually referring to something found in a living species, specifically a plant or animal. So, isn’t just about everything we eat organic? Can’t I clip some toenails into a box, and label them as “organic soy crisps?” Yes, I am being facetious,...
  • Chinese beans sicken woman

    10/15/2008 11:08:13 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 15 replies · 797+ views
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Oct 16, 2008
    Extremely high concentrations of pesticide have been detected in a pack of frozen green beans imported from China by Nichirei Foods Inc., the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and the Tokyo metropolitan government announced Wednesday. The beans were found to be contaminated with high levels of the organic phosphate pesticide dichlorvos. A 56-year-old housewife in Hachioji, western Tokyo, was hospitalized Sunday after she started eating the beans before spitting them out. The metropolitan government said the beans were ingen green beans and the package contained 250 grams of them. The ministry is warning customers not to eat this brand of...
  • Brazil bans Chinese food products (indefinite total ban)

    10/08/2008 8:18:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 633+ views
    GMA News ^ | 10/08/08
    Brazil bans Chinese food products 10/08/2008 | 02:56 AM BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil says it is indefinitely banning all Chinese food imports due to safety concerns. Brazil's food safety officials say Tuesday they are acting in light of the four Chinese children killed and 54,000 sickened by contaminated milk products. The milk crisis is China has led nations around the globe to ban or recall Chinese products. The ban will have little effect on the food supply in Brazil, which imported just US$120 million in food products from China last year.
  • Health Warning Issued After 32 Sickened by Salmonella in 12 States

    10/05/2008 5:44:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies · 1,272+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Sunday, October 05, 2008 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is urging consumers to thoroughly cook frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning. The health warning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited frozen dishes in which the chicken is raw, but breaded or pre-browned, giving the appearance of being cooked. They include "chicken cordon bleu," "chicken Kiev," or chicken breasts stuffed with cheese, vegetables or other items.
  • S. Korea: Melamine Found in Chocolate Products From China (Snickers M&M KitKat)

    10/04/2008 8:47:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies · 3,038+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 10/04/08
    Melamine Found in Chocolate Products From China South Korea's food watchdog has detected quantities of melamine, an industrial chemical, in chocolate products from foodstuff giants Nestle SA, Mars Inc. and South Korea's Lotte that were manufactured in China, Yonhap News reported Saturday. The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said 2.38 parts per million (ppm) and 1.78 ppm of the toxic substance was discovered in samples of M&M's Milk and Peanut Snickers Fun Size products, respectively, from Mars Korea. A Kit Kat bar from Nestle Korea was also found to contain 2.89 ppm of melamine, the agency said. The...
  • China: A Puppy in Nanning Got Dozens of Kidney Stones - Contaminated Powered Milk Suspected

    09/27/2008 5:46:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 703+ views
    China News ^ | 09/27/08 | Wang Dang
    /begin my translation A Puppy in Nanning Got Dozens of Kidney Stones: Contaminated Powered Milk Suspected Ms. Chen, a resident in Nanning, Guangxi Province, has a puppy with repeated serious illness, because, in less than a year, it underwent one surgery after another, taking out kidney stones three times. They numbered a few dozens in total, with varying size. On Sept. 26, this reporter personally saw the kidney stones taken out from the puppy ten days ago. "They are big stones," said Dr. Lian, the vetenarian, while staring at them. At present, Ms. Chen has stopped giving the puppy the...
  • Heinz baby cereal named in milk scandal

    09/27/2008 2:03:44 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 805+ views
    News.com.au ^ | September 27, 2008
    CHINA'S toxic milk scandal escalated today as one of the nation's famous candy brands was pulled off shelves and four more people outside the mainland were thought to have fallen ill. The industrial chemical melamine has also been found in Heinz baby cereal and in potato crackers in the southern Chinese territory of Hong Kong and officials ordered a recall of the products. In China, the maker of White Rabbit candy, given to US president Richard Nixon on a landmark 1972 trip, said it was halting domestic sales after its products were found to contain melamine, normally used to make...
  • Chinese milk scandal seen as risk in Europe

    09/26/2008 5:01:10 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 2 replies · 254+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 9/26/2008 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    European Union regulators Thursday ordered rigorous testing of imports containing at least 15 percent milk powder after concluding that food containing tainted milk powder from China may well be circulating in Europe and putting children at risk. The action, announced by the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission, significantly expands the potential geographic reach of a milk adulteration scandal in China to now include a range of foods sold around the world. The Europeans said cookies, toffees and chocolates were the major concerns. The World Health Organization and the Unicef also expressed concern Thursday about the Chinese milk...
  • Chinese Milk Worker: Complaints Ignored For Years (melamine used for +3 years?)

    09/26/2008 4:30:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 665+ views
    NPR ^ | 09/25/08 | Louisa Lim
    Chinese Milk Worker: Complaints Ignored For Years by Louisa Lim Louisa Lim/NPR Whistle-blower Jiang Weisuo, a milk station operator, says chemicals were being added to milk in 2005. His attempts to expose the practice have resulted in huge financial losses and threats on his life, he says. Louisa Lim/NPR Milk collection stations like this one are at the heart of the scandal over contaminated milk. Morning Edition, September 25, 2008 · Milk contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine has sickened more than 50,000 children in China in recent weeks. But the practice of adulterating milk seems to have started far...
  • S. Korea finds harmful chemical in Chinese creamer product (Melamine Update)

    09/26/2008 4:34:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 827+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/26/08
    (LEAD) S. Korea finds harmful chemical in Chinese creamer product SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's health authorities said Friday they have found traces of a harmful chemical in a Chinese creamer product used in instant coffee mixes. The discovery of melamine, which can cause kidney problems and even death in severe cases, follows a confirmation by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) on Thursday that two types of snacks sold domestically contained traces of the industrial chemical. Both products were imported from China. Seoul started scrutinizing imported dairy products after several Chinese manufacturers were found to have...
  • S. Korea: Melamine Found in Chinese Coffee Creamer, again from Haitai Confectionary

    09/25/2008 11:23:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 680+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/26/08
    No further detail yet.
  • Animals sick from Chinese milk

    09/25/2008 12:12:37 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 14 replies · 256+ views
    bbc. ^ | Thursday, 25 September 2008
    Two baby orang-utans and a lion cub have become the latest victims of China's contaminated milk crisis. The animals, at at Hangzhou Zoo near Shanghai, developed kidney stones after being fed milk powder tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
  • List of Nations Banning Chinese Milk Products Grows(Indonesia bans M&M,Oreo,Snickers)

    09/25/2008 4:29:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 689+ views
    VOA News ^ | 09/25/08
    List of Nations Banning Chinese Milk Products Grows By VOA News 25 September 2008 South Korea is the latest nation to ban imports of Chinese dairy products after discovering Chinese-made snacks contained a chemical that has sickened thousands of children who consumed contaminated milk. The Korean Food and Drug Administration, KFDA, says tests on more than 100 products found the chemical melamine in two biscuit-type snacks. Officials ordered the products to be removed from store shelves and destroyed. More than a dozen governments in Asia, Africa and Europe have either banned or recalled Chinese dairy products since the scandal broke...
  • Amid milk scare, China’s elite eat all-organic

    09/24/2008 9:58:30 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 21 replies · 378+ views
    Government outlet provides safe, special food for the nation’s leaders BEIJING - While China grapples with its latest tainted food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and rice watered by melted mountain snow. And it’s all supplied by a special government outfit that provides all-organic goods from farms working under the strictest guidelines.
  • NZ finds high melamine levels in Chinese candy

    09/24/2008 9:28:04 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 24 replies · 690+ views
    Australia and New Zealand issued recalls Thursday for an imported Chinese candy that was found to contain the industrial chemical melamine. New Zealand Food Safety Authority spokesman Geoff Allen said Thursday morning that he expected the White Rabbit Creamy Candies to be off shelves within 24 hours. "This product contains sufficiently high levels of melamine which may, in some individuals, cause health problems such as kidney stones," deputy chief executive Sandra Daly said in a statement posted Wednesday on the agency's Web site. "The levels we have found in these products are unacceptable."
  • South Korea Finds Melamine in Foods Imported From China(heavy concentration)

    09/24/2008 8:02:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 858+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | 09/24/08
    South Korea Finds Melamine in Foods Imported From China Posted on: Wednesday, 24 September 2008, 12:00 CDT Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "(LEAD) Melamine Found in Imported Confections From China"] Seoul, Sept. 24 (Yonhap) - South Korea's food safety agency on Wednesday put a temporary import ban on Chinese products containing powdered milk after tests on two confections revealed traces of the toxic chemical melamine. Tests on "Misarang Custard" cake, which a Chinese firm produced on an original equipment manufacturing for South Korea's Haitai Confectionery and Foods Co., were undertaken by the...
  • China Milk Scandal: Sanlu claims appalling if true: Fonterra (covered up for 8 months)

    09/23/2008 10:23:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 293+ views
    Sanlu claims appalling if true: Fonterra 24th September 2008, 12:03 WST Claims a dairy company knew of China's tainted milk scandal eight months ago and lied about it would be appalling if true, Fonterra chief Andrew Ferrier says. At the release of Fonterra's annual results on Wednesday, Ferrier was swamped by questions about the Chinese dairy company Sanlu, which is 43 per cent owned by Fonterra. So far at least four children have died after drinking powdered milk tainted with the chemical melamine, 54,000 have fallen ill and about 13,000 have been admitted to hospital with kidney problems. A Chinese...
  • Tainted Milk Powder Scandal: Health Ministry National Internal Teleconference Reveals Top Secret

    09/23/2008 10:17:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 339+ views
    Boxun ^ | 09/21/08
    Tainted Milk Powder Scandal: Health Ministry National Internal Teleconference Reveals Top Secret By Translated by chinafreepress.org Sep 21, 2008 - 11:02:23 AM http://news.boxun.com/news/gb/china/2008/09/200809202358.shtml Tainted Milk Powder Scandal: Health Ministry National Internal Teleconference Reveals Top Secret According to a boxun.com report, on Friday September 19 the Ministry of Health held a national internal teleconference. Every region's large hospital section chiefs and other concerned important officials participated. According to informed sources, this was the second time this month this type of conference was held. The teleconference revealed the true circumstances behind the tainted milk powder scandal. Milk powder factories have been illegally...
  • China's Tainted Food Products Only Harm the Average People...

    09/23/2008 10:20:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 249+ views
    Boxun ^ | 09/20/08
    China's Tainted Food Products Only Harm the Average People, High-Ranking Officials Have Their Own Specially-Supplied Food Sources By Sep 20, 2008 - 7:22:49 PM China's Tainted Food Products Only Harm the Average People, High-Ranking Officials Have Their Own Specially-Supplied Food Sources While China's food security crisis has resulted in Chinese people fearing that nothing is safe to eat, a source has revealed that China has always had one special source of food and supply network: that which serves national Communist Party and government officials. This food is specially produced, transported, and examined, according to especially strict standards. On August 18,...
  • Melamine in pesticides, human food chain - experts

    09/23/2008 6:25:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 628+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/23/08
    Melamine in pesticides, human food chain - experts HONG KONG, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Melamine, a chemical that has tainted milk formula and made thousands of Chinese children ill, is used as an agricultural pesticide in China and may have been part of our food chain for a long time, experts said on Tuesday. Chan King-ming, associate professor of biochemistry at the Chinese University, said cyromazine, a derivative of melamine, was very commonly used in China as a pesticide. "It is absorbed into plants as melamine ... of course it is already in our food chain and animal feed," Chan...
  • Nearly 53,000 China babies sickened by milk powder: govt

    Nearly 53,000 children in China have been sickened by milk powder contaminated by an industrial chemical, the government said Monday, dramatically ramping up its previous figures. Earlier the health ministry said 12,892 infants were in hospital with 104 babies in serious condition, according to the official Xinhua news agency. As the World Health Organization questioned Beijing's handling of the crisis, premier Wen Jiabao appeared on state television promising to head off further incidents. But a Hong Kong toddler also became the first child affected outside the mainland and more countries moved to bar Chinese milk products. The scandal stems from...
  • China milk scandal: 53,000 children fall ill from contaminated milk powder

    09/22/2008 1:35:09 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 29 replies · 295+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 22, 2008 | Tom Peterkin
    Nearly 53,000 children in China have become sick from milk powder contaminated by an industrial chemical, the government has said. A total of 52,857 children had been brought to hospitals after falling ill, a Health Ministry spokesman said. Most had "basically recovered" but 12,892 of them remained hospitalised, he added. The ministry said the toll of children ill from milk powder contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine had risen dramatically from the previous figure of 6,244. A further 39,965 children had "received clinical treatment and advice" before being sent home. More than 80 per cent of the sick were aged...