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  • Pet jerky treat death toll: 360 dogs, 1 cat, FDA says

    09/15/2012 10:12:13 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 89 replies
    At least 360 dogs and one cat reportedly have died in the U.S. after eating chicken jerky pet treats made in China, even as claims of illnesses tied to the products have topped 2,200, federal veterinary health officials said.
  • Dow Research Scientist Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Stealing Trade Secrets

    01/13/2012 9:17:22 PM PST · by Larry381 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Dept Of Justice ^ | January 13, 2012 | U.S. Department of Justice
    WASHINGTON—A former research scientist was sentenced late yesterday to 60 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from Dow Chemical Company and selling them to companies in the People’s Republic of China, as well as committing perjury, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. for the Middle District of Louisiana. U.S. District Court Judge James J. Brady also sentenced Wen Chyu Liu, aka David W. Liou, 75, of Houston, to two years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $600,000 and pay a $25,000 fine. A...
  • Chicken jerky treats sicken 353 dogs, owners report

    12/28/2011 4:18:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies ^ | 12/28/11 | JoNel Aleccia
    Reports of illnesses in dogs given chicken jerky treats have spiked dramatically following a new government warning about pet snacThe federal Food and Drug Administration has logged at least 353 reports this year of illnesses tied to imported chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats, a spokeswoman said. That’s up from 70 reports of illnesses -- and some deaths -- received in 2011 before the Center for Veterinary Medicine issued an updated warning on Nov. 18. Dog owners and veterinarians are reporting that animals have been stricken with a range of symptoms within hours...
  • Heavy Metal: 12 Million Tons of Chinese Rice Contaminated

    02/27/2011 8:23:18 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 108 replies ^ | 2/23/11
    Ugh. Hong Kong's English daily South China Morning Post has a distinctly unsavory dispatch from the Chinese media this morning: Government scientists have released research that millions of acres of Chinese agricultural land and over 12 million tons of Chinese grain are contaminated by toxic metal pollution, according to this week's edition of the China Economic Weekly, a state-run magazine. Last week, a separate article reported that 10% of Chinese rice contained excess cadmium, a heavy metal known to cause cancer.
  • Feds: Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted

    04/03/2010 8:36:16 AM PDT · by mlocher · 65 replies · 1,657+ views
    AP via ^ | April 2, 2010 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS – Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed. "We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the interior of their homes, and they need to start this to get their lives started all over again," said Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the commission, the federal agency charged with making sure consumer products are safe. About 3,000 homeowners,...
  • Feds: Homes With Chinese Drywall Must Be Gutted

    04/02/2010 10:37:47 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 133 replies · 6,665+ views
    Associated Press via ABC News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Associated Press
    New federal guidelines say thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall won't be safe unless they are completely gutted. The Consumer Product Safety Commission released the guidelines Friday. They say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall must be removed. About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall. A large quantity of the drywall was imported during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes. It has been linked to corrosion of wiring, air conditioning units,...
  • China now probes melamine tableware scare

    12/30/2008 6:11:55 PM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 752+ views
    Reuters ^ | 31 Dec 2008 | Nick Macfie
    China, fighting a health scandal over melamine found in milk and other food products, now says it is investigating melamine tableware, following reports it might be harmful to health when hot. Quality inspectors told Xinhua news agency they were organising tests of melamine tableware "following reports that some products contained poisonous ingredients." Melamine is an industrial compound used in making plastic chairs, countertops, tableware, flame retardants and even concrete. It was added by unscrupulous manufacturers to food to cheat nutrition tests due to its high nitrogen content. The melamine scandal has battered faith in China-made products, after a series of...
  • Chinese drywall causes problems on the Treasure Coast[FL][Health Problems]

    12/30/2008 6:51:51 PM PST · by BGHater · 48 replies · 2,073+ views
    TC Palm ^ | 24 Dec 2008 |
    PORT ST. LUCIE — Martin and St. Lucie counties are two of nearly a dozen counties where complaints of possible exposure to the contaminated drywall in new homes have arisen. The problem may have been sparked by drywall imported during the local construction boom of 2004 and 2005. Some common symptoms are irritated eyes, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and symptoms similar to bronchitis and asthma. The contaminated Chinese drywall may be emitting one of several sulfur compounds including sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide. While exposure to fumes from sulfur dioxide can create irritation and breathing disorders, exposure to hydrogen sulfide...
  • Toxic melamine is suspected in seafood from China

    12/26/2008 9:07:04 AM PST · by BGHater · 70 replies · 1,512+ views
    LA Times ^ | 24 Dec 2008
    Industry experts and businesspeople in China say that the industrial chemical has been routinely added to fish and animal feed to artificially boost protein readings. Reporting from Los Angeles and Shanghai--Melamine in Chinese-produced milk powder has sickened hundreds of thousands of children and added to a growing list of made-in-China foods banned across the globe.Now, some scientists and consumer advocates are raising concerns that fish from China may also be contaminated with the industrial chemical. China is the world's largest producer of farm-raised seafood, exporting billions of dollars worth of shrimp, catfish, tilapia, salmon and other fish.The U.S. imported about...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Cadbury recall chocolate made in China & sold in Australia, Hong Kong,Taiwan

    09/29/2008 6:08:30 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 871+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 29th September 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Cadbury recall all chocolate made in China over fears it may contain contaminated milk British chocolate giant Cadbury today ordered a recall of its Chinese-made products after revealing tests have ‘cast doubt’ on its safety. It is feared the sweets could contain melamine-laced milk, which has been blamed for killing four children in China and making around 50,000 ill. The 11 recalled confectionery items - made at Cadbury's factory in Beijing - are distributed in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia. Doubts: 11 products distributed in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia were recalled ....Authorities say suppliers might have added melamine, which...
  • FDA warns of instant coffee in U.S. from China

    09/29/2008 5:22:56 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 22 replies · 976+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 09.26.08
    WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators warned the public on Friday not to consume seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products that were made in China because of concerns they may be contaminated with melamine. The Food and Drug Administration said the products were recalled by King Car Food Industrial Co Ltd "due to possible contamination with melamine."
  • Burlingame Co. Recalls Chinese Candy For Melamine

    09/27/2008 3:23:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1,063+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Sep 27, 2008
    A Burlingame company is recalling a candy product after the California Department of Public Health warned consumers Friday of a harmful chemical compound detected in some candies. White Rabbit Candy, sold by the Burlingame-based Queensway Foods Company, is being recalled after testing detected the presence of melamine in some candies at levels up to 520 parts per million, according to the department of public health. The candy was produced by China, which has been associated with contaminated infant formula and other milk protein products containing melamine. The harmful compound has also been associated with a large recall of pet food,...
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • China's food chain now at risk

    09/19/2008 1:58:13 PM PDT · by pissant · 43 replies · 142+ views
    The Australian ^ | 9/19/08 | Rowan Callick
    CHINA'S poisoned milk disaster widened yesterday, with the Government's food safety agency announcing that 10 per cent of the liquid milk it has tested is contaminated, as well as 14 per cent of the baby formula. Hong Kong's food watchdog has also discovered pollutants in Chinese ice cream and yoghurt. China's whole food chain appears to be under some threat of contamination as a result, with tests now being extended to animal feed. A team of 31 lawyers operating in 14 provinces and cities of China yesterday offered to represent for free the parents of sick babies in legal actions...
  • FUNTASTIC 'Hillbilly Teeth' Recalled

    04/10/2008 6:38:28 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 46 replies · 966+ views
    Consumer Affairs ^ | April 10, 2008 | Consumer Affairs
    FUNTASTIC is recalling about 26,000 sets of "Hillbilly Teeth." The gray surface paint on the teeth contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. This recall involves a 2-pack fake Hillbilly Teeth with item # 2657. The item number is printed on the packaging. The gums are brown and the teeth are yellow. The false teeth were sold at grocery, drug, convenience, and mass retailers nationwide from March 2005 through March 2008 for about $2. They were made in China. Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact FUNTASTIC for information on receiving...
  • Olympics clean up Chinese style: Inside Beijing's shocking death camp for cats

    03/09/2008 9:12:50 AM PDT · by null and void · 43 replies · 1,132+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 00:55am on 9th March 2008 | SIMON PERRY
    Thousands of pet cats in Beijing are being abandoned by their owners and sent to die in secretive government pounds as China mounts an aggressive drive to clean up the capital in preparation for the Olympic Games. Hundreds of cats a day are being rounded and crammed into cages so small they cannot even turn around. Then they are trucked to what animal welfare groups describe as death camps on the edges of the city. The cull comes in the wake of a government campaign warning of the diseases cats carry and ordering residents to help clear the streets of...
  • China's Killer "Yellow Dust" Hits Korea, Japan

    03/09/2008 5:48:08 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 20 replies · 957+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2008 | By Jon Herskovitz
    (SEOUL) - South Korea closed schools on Monday and its factories producing memory chips stepped up safeguards, as a choking pall of sand mixed with toxic dust from China covered most of the country and other parts of Asia. The annual "yellow dust" spring storms, which originate in China's Gobi Desert before sweeping south to envelop the Korean peninsula and parts of Japan, are blamed for scores of deaths and billions of dollars in damage every year in South Korea. It issued a yellow dust warning at the weekend. On Monday, school districts in southeastern regions urged parents to keep...
  • Bill to Require Seafood Origin Labeling Introduced in Senate

    03/07/2008 7:48:16 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 37 replies · 596+ views
    The Brunswick News ^ | March 7, 2008 | By Anna Ferguson
    When ordering seafood, many of Russell Hohnerlein's customers have the same question: Where did it come from? Hohnerlein, manager of The 4th of May at 444 Ocean Blvd, St. Simons Island, never has to check a daily serve list to answer. "All our seafood is local. Always," he said. Should Sen. Ronnie Chance, R- Fayette, have his way, Hohnerlein won't have to field this question much longer. The answer will be visible to the eye – right there on the menu. Senate Bill 533, introduced by Chance Wednesday, would require restaurant menus to carry a label on all seafood items...
  • 67% of 2007 recalls were China imports

    02/26/2008 3:23:32 AM PST · by Man50D · 16 replies · 112+ views ^ | February 25, 2008
    WASHINGTON – While China continues to promise to impose higher safety standards on exports, a WND study shows two of every three products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission last year were Chinese imports – with an upward trend of defective, unsafe products found in every quarter of 2007. The CPSC recalled a total of 447 products for safety concerns last year. Of those, 298 were manufactured in China. Only 62 were made in the USA. The rest were made in other countries. In 2006, the CPSC recalled a total of 467 kinds of products – 221 of which...
  • China investigates exporter of 'contaminated eel' (malachite green)

    02/22/2008 11:14:52 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 277+ views
    China Daily ^ | 02/22/08
    China investigates exporter of 'contaminated eel' (Xinhua) Updated: 2008-02-22 14:41 BEIJING -- China and the Republic of Korea are to jointly investigate how Chinese frozen eel exports came to contain carcinogenic malachite green, a fungicide banned in food production in China, according to a statement from China's quality watchdog on Friday. Chinese investigators had found no information about the producer, identified by the Republic of Korea media as Jiangxi Yichun Eel Industry Development Co. Ltd, said the statement from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ). The producer had not registered with China's import and export inspection...
  • US to take own food to Olympics

    02/21/2008 6:03:20 AM PST · by yankeedame · 87 replies · 175+ views ^ | Thursday, 21 February 2008 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2008, 11:21 GMT US to take own food to Olympics By James Reynolds BBC News, Beijing China's Olympic food China has expressed regret that the US has decided not to trust its food during this summer's Olympic Games. The US delegation has said it is planning to bring its own food for American athletes. At a news conference in Beijing, a senior official, Kang Yi, said it was a pity that the US had apparently decided not to trust China's food. Ms Kang insisted that the food served to athletes at the Olympics would exceed...
  • US to take own food to Olympics

    02/21/2008 11:31:16 AM PST · by traumer · 25 replies · 87+ views
    China has expressed regret that the US has decided not to trust its food during this summer's Olympic Games. The US delegation has said it is planning to bring its own food for American athletes. At a news conference in Beijing, a senior official, Kang Yi, said it was a pity that the US had apparently decided not to trust China's food. Ms Kang insisted that the food served to athletes at the Olympics would exceed international health standards. For China, a good Olympic Games means cheering spectators, record-breaking performances and athletes and fans all sitting down to enjoy some...
  • Baxter Drug Heparin Manufacturing Halted (Chinese connection)

    02/13/2008 2:27:28 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 19 replies · 375+ views
    eCanada Now ^ | 2/13/08 | various
    The blood thinner drug Heparin has been put on hold by Baxter, as the multiple-dose vials were found to cause severe reactions in patients. Patients were seen having severe reactions to the drug Heparin which include vomiting, dropping blood pressure to the point where they can go into shock, and more. The FDA stated that they were going to review Heparin further. There have been four reported deaths from Heparin in the multi-dose vials thus far. The FDA stated that the only issues came with the high dose vials of Heparin. The lower dose Heparin patients did not see nearly...
  • Free Trade in Dangerous Drugs

    02/13/2008 5:06:25 AM PST · by nicmarlo · 60 replies · 165+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | 2-13-08 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Several months ago when the news broke about poisonous pet food and lead-laden toys from China, I asked my local pharmacy to give me a letter stating it is not selling me any prescription drugs imported from China. The reply was, "We don't buy any drugs from China." I said, "I know you don't, but I want you to check with your suppliers and verify that they don't buy from China." That request was met by thunderous silence. Now we know why. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that 80 percent of the drug substances used by U.S. manufacturers to...
  • US store chain cuts sales of food from China

    02/12/2008 6:29:09 PM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 161 replies · 439+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 12, 08 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US grocery chain Trader Joe's said Monday it would stop selling food imported from China due to customers' concerns about the products' safety. "Our customers have voiced concerns about products from this region and we have listened," Trader Joe's spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said in a statement. "All single ingredient food items sourced from mainland China are scheduled to be out of our stores by April 1," she said. "We will continue to source products from other regions until our customers feel as confident as we do about the quality and safety of Chinese products."
  • Wary U.S. Olympians Will Bring Food to China

    02/09/2008 6:45:58 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 129+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 9, 2008 | By Ben Shpigel
    (COLORADO SPRINGS) — When a caterer working for the United States Olympic Committee went to a supermarket in China last year, he encountered a piece of chicken — half of a breast — that measured 14 inches. “Enough to feed a family of eight,” said Frank Puleo, a caterer from Staten Island who has traveled to China to handle food-related issues. “We had it tested and it was so full of steroids that we never could have given it to athletes. They all would have tested positive.” In preparing to take a delegation of more than 600 athletes to the...
  • Tainted Drugs Tied to Maker of Abortion Pill (China again)

    01/31/2008 8:24:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 205+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 31, 2008 | JAKE HOOKER and WALT BOGDANICH
    BEIJING — A huge state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company that exports to dozens of countries, including the United States, is at the center of a nationwide drug scandal after nearly 200 Chinese cancer patients were paralyzed or otherwise harmed last summer by contaminated leukemia drugs. Chinese drug regulators have accused the manufacturer of the tainted drugs of a cover-up and have closed the factory that produced them. In December, China’s Food and Drug Administration said that the Shanghai police had begun a criminal investigation and that two officials, including the head of the plant, had been detained. The drug maker, Shanghai...
  • In China, Farming Fish in Toxic Waters

    12/14/2007 8:11:48 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 28 replies · 1,205+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 200 | By David Barboza
    (FUQING, China) — Here in southern China, beneath the looming mountains of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and teeming with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West. Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry that over two decades has transformed this country into the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States. But that growth is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated...
  • Dollar Stores Recall 300,000 Toys

    12/13/2007 5:34:12 PM PST · by Cagey · 30 replies · 619+ views
    WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 12-13-2007
    Dollar Tree announced Thursday the recall of about 300,000 toys. (A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Dollar General as an affected retailer.) They include bead and wire toys for babies and Speed Race Pull Back and Go Action cars. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the toys, which were made in China, have high levels of lead that violate federal paint standards. There were no reports of injuries. One group of toys has colored beads that slide on wires attached to a natural wood platform. They have item number 903419 and date code 71 printed on...
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs Made in China May Mean Trouble for U.S.

    12/08/2007 4:53:10 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 35 replies · 1,460+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 5, 2007 | By Tim Johnson
    (BEIJING)--The medicine cabinet in the average U.S. home is filling with drugs made in China, and some experts say that could be a prescription for trouble. China’s booming pharmaceutical industry has doubled exports to the United States in the past five years, undercutting competitors and making American consumers reliant on the safety of Chinese factories and captive to any disruptions in Sino-U.S. commerce. It might seem like merely a trade issue. But industry experts in Europe and the United States say that national security concerns are edging into the debate. Consider this scenario: If a major anthrax attack were to...
  • Police Say Rat Poison Killed Pupils in SW China

    12/07/2007 7:31:01 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 6 replies · 158+ views
    China View ^ | December 8, 2007 | Xinhua
    (KUNMING) -- Forensic doctors and police have found that four pupils in southwest China's Yunnan province died Monday morning from a kind of highly toxic rat poison, sources with the provincial public security department said Saturday. The four students, three girls and a boy, were from Lehong township of Ludian county. They developed symptoms of poisoning and died after arriving at school between 8:30 to 9 a.m. Monday, according to Ma Jilin, Communist Party chief of Ludian county. Autopsy report said the four had eaten dry instant noodles and crackling which could have been put in the wrapping bags of...
  • China Firm Cans Toxic Tinned Meat

    12/07/2007 7:26:05 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 17 replies · 61+ views
    BBC News ^ | December 7, 2007 | BBC News
    One of China's best-known food companies has halted exports of all tinned food, after toxic chemicals were found in canned meat products. Food safety officials in Hong Kong have discovered a banned antibiotic, nitrofurans, in tins of Maling brand pork luncheon meat and pork ribs. It is the latest scare over the safety of Chinese exports. This year there have been massive recalls of toys, tyres and food products from the American market. The government in Beijing has come under increasing pressure to regulate the safety of Chinese-made products, following international concern. This year the American toy giant Mattel withdrew...
  • No "Made In China" Toys at Albany Goodwill

    12/07/2007 7:18:41 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 232+ views
    WALB News (Georgia ^ | December 5, 2007 | WALB News
    (Albany) - If it's made in China, it won't be sold at the Goodwill Store in Albany. It may seem extreme, but employees say they don't want to take any chances on toys. Like Santa, they're checking their recall list twice, and just for safety, if a donated toy has "Made In China" printed on the back, it's destroyed. It's a tedious and time consuming process. "So we have to do this all day long. We have to read and throw," said LaWanda Johnson. Throw away recalled toys, that could be a danger to your children. "We have a safety...
  • Six Chinese Reportedly Die After Eating Poison Soup

    11/13/2007 6:48:03 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 77 replies · 107+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2007 | Reuters
    (BEIJING) - Six Chinese people, including two children, died from food poisoning after eating dumpling soup and two more remained seriously ill, local media reported on Monday, the latest example of food safety risks facing domestic consumers. Four males and four females collapsed on Sunday with severe cramps and vomiting after eating the soup for lunch in the central province of Hubei, the Changjiang Times reported. Two died on the spot. The dead included a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, the report said. It said the poisoning occurred at a scrap collection business but did not given any details...
  • New FDA Documents Reveal Abortion Pill RU-486 Made in Substandard Chinese Plant When Approved

    10/17/2007 3:21:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 248+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/17/07 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, DC. October 17, 2007 ( – Evidence is mounting that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) participated in coverups of health and safety violations and breaches of ethics in approving the abortion drug, RU 486, that has caused the death of at least six women in the US.  Yesterday, the public interest group Judicial Watch announced that newly acquired FDA documents, previously witheld by the FDA, show that the agency knew that the facilities owned by China’s Hua Lian Pharmaceutical Company to manufacture RU 486 were sub-standard at the time they were approved for use in August 2000....
  • Daniel Gallington: A very dirty story on China’s food

    10/12/2007 5:13:52 AM PDT · by RSmithOpt · 10 replies · 645+ views
    Potomac Institute ^ | Aug 15, 2007 3:00 AM | Daniel Gallington:
    Daniel Gallington: A very dirty story on China’s food Daniel Gallington, The Examiner Aug 15, 2007 3:00 AM (5 hrs ago) WASHINGTON - "I don’t eat them myself” are the wise words of a Beijing baker quoted recently in an Associated Press story about the pervasiveness of adulterated foods in China. In his case, his rolls are half-filled with filthy scrap cardboard gathered from the ground.Such practices are so widespread that the recent episodes of tainted seafood, toothpaste, pet food — and now millions of lead-base painted toys — all from China, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Nevertheless, most Americans don’t have...
  • The Great Leap Backward?

    10/05/2007 7:28:27 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 3 replies · 349+ views
    Foriegn Affairs (published by the Council on Foreign Relations) ^ | September / October 2007 | Elizabeth C. Economy
    China's environmental problems are mounting. Water pollution and water scarcity are burdening the economy, rising levels of air pollution are endangering the health of millions of Chinese, and much of the country's land is rapidly turning into desert. China has become a world leader in air and water pollution and land degradation and a top contributor to some of the world's most vexing global environmental problems, such as the illegal timber trade, marine pollution, and climate change. As China's pollution woes increase, so, too, do the risks to its economy, public health, social stability, and international reputation. As Pan Yue,...
  • China Agrees Not to Take Inmates' Organs

    10/05/2007 6:36:22 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 23 replies · 347+ views
    Associated Press / Google News ^ | October 5, 2007 | Associated Press
    (LONDON) — Chinese medical officials agreed Friday not to transplant organs from prisoners or others in custody, except into members of their immediate families. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the World Medical Association in Copenhagen. China has previously acknowledged that kidneys, livers, corneas and other organs are routinely removed from prisoners sentenced to death row. But officials insist that this only happens when consent is provided. Critics argue that death-row prisoners are not truly free to consent and may feel compelled to become donors, violating personal, religious or cultural beliefs. The announcement Friday comes after several years...
  • Mystery Ingredient in Chinese Product Could Hurt You

    10/02/2007 6:58:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 29 replies · 222+ views
    The Pocono Record ^ | October 2, 2007 | By Beth Brelje
    The mug, purchased at the Stroudsburg Dollar Tree store is microwave and dishwasher safe. But you might not want to drink from it. It comes with a sticker that reads: WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. "I'm living in a crazy world here," said John DeNooyer of Bushkill, who purchased the mug. DeNooyer had heard news reports about toys made in China and exported to the United States that contained dangerous levels of lead. Since the reports, he said he has been "a little paranoid"...
  • 92 Percent of Seized China-Made Medicines Contain Banned Drugs

    09/28/2007 7:53:37 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 3 replies · 71+ views
    The China Post ^ | September 28, 2007 | CNA
    (TAIPEI, Taiwan) -- Some 92 percent of Chinese made medicines examined by local health authorities in the past few years, including those promoted for weight loss, as health foods, or herbal medicines, were found to contain banned drugs, Executive Yuan's Secretary-General Chen Ching-jun said at a news conference yesterday. According to Chen, the Department of Health (DOH) conducted examinations from 2005 to 2007 on 151 medicines submitted by local courts, health bureaus, police units, and customs offices and found that 139 failed tests for containing illegal substances. Chen said Taiwan has not lifted the ban on imports of Chinese-made medicines....
  • Mattel apologizes to China for toy recalls

    BEIJING (AP) -- U.S.-based toy giant Mattel issued an extraordinary apology to China on Friday over the recall of Chinese-made toys, taking the blame for design flaws and saying it had recalled more lead-tainted toys than justified. The gesture by Thomas A. Debrowski, Mattel's executive vice president for worldwide operations, came in a meeting with Chinese product safety chief Li Changjiang, at which Li upbraided the company for maintaining weak safety controls. Toy inquiry reveals more recalls to come Video More video India's infrastructure has undergone dramatic change in the last few years. Fortune takes you inside this country's sudden...