Thursday, June 28, 2007

Surprise, Surprise - More Chinese Food Problems

MichaelK points us to yet another story about the poor quality (that's an understatement) of imported Chinese food.
Formaldehyde, illegal dyes, and industrial wax were found being used to make candy, pickles, crackers and seafood, it said, citing Han Yi, an official with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which is responsible for food safety.

“These are not isolated cases,” Han, director of the administration’s quality control and inspection department, was quoted as saying.

Han’s admission was significant because the administration has said in the past that safety violations were the work of a few rogue operators, a claim which is likely part of a strategy to protect China’s billions of dollars (euros) of food exports.

So have you written your congressman about Country of Origin Labeling? How much more are we willing to take? Do people really believe that crap coming from China is fit to eat? The safety of our food supply should be a matter of national security, but heaven forbid we do anything that would hurt the mythical principle of "free trade" - even if it leads to poisoning the American people...


two crows said...

ohmigod! she said [popping a Hershey's kiss into her mouth -- gee, I hope THOSE are made in amerika.]

still, I'm not so sure about the stuff made here, either.

when the president-select tries to appoint a veterinarian to head the women's dep't at the FDA [I think it was] and only backed down after the hue and cry went up -- well, who can trust ANYTHING this country says or does?

MichaelK said...

Oh, no, the Chinese chocolate recall post was back on June 7, but that was "bad chocolate" detected in NY/NJ.

A link to a story about Hershey and a S. Korea company looking to work with China is in the first comment on that post.