Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?
Sun May 27, 2007 19:21

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Subject: Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?
Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 22:40:20 +0000

Buy Made in USA here:

Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?
U.S. market flooded with foods unfit for humans, tainted with carcinogens,
pesticides, bacteria, drugs

Posted: May 27, 2007

WASHINGTON While Americans are still recovering from a scandal over poison pet
foods imported from China, FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended
for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency because they
are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens,
bacteria and banned drugs.

Last month, like most months, China topped the list of countries whose products
were refused by the FDA and that list includes many countries, including
Mexico and Canada, who export far more food products to the U.S. than China.

Some 257 refusals of Chinese products were recorded in April. By comparison,
only 140 were from Mexico and only 23 from Canada.

Refused by the FDA in April because they were "filthy":
salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil
dried apple
dried peach
dried pear
dried round bean curd
dried mushroom
frozen bay scallops
frozen Pacific cod
frozen seafood mix
fermented bean curd

Among the foods rejected because they were contaminated with pesticides:
frozen eel
frozen red raspberry crumble

Frozen catfish was stopped because it was laced with banned antibiotics.
Scallops and sardines were turned away because they were coated with putrefying

Toothbrushes were rejected last month because they were improperly labeled. And
last week the FDA found Chinese toothpaste contaminated with a chemical used in
antifreeze the same chemical that killed people in Panama last year when it
turned up in cough syrup.

The FDA is also on the lookout for vegetable proteins contaminated with melamine
the chemical that killed American cats and dogs when it was imported from
China in pet food.

In the past year, the FDA rejected more than twice as many food shipments from
China as from all other countries combined.

Most of the time, the reason listed is simply "filthy," the official term used
when inspectors smell decomposition or gross contamination of food.

Officials say FDA inspectors examine only a tiny percentage of the food imported
from foreign countries about 1 percent -- meaning most of the contaminated
products make it inside the country and to the shelves of retailers.

In the age of globalization, food imports in America are big business and
getting bigger. In 2006, they represented $64 billion a 33 percent increase
over 2003. No country is increasing its food exports faster than China about
20 percent in the last year alone.

China has become America's leading supplier of apple juice used as a food
sweetener, garlic and garlic powder, sausage casings and cocoa butter.

China has also attempted to export hundreds of thousands of pounds of chickens
and poultry products to the U.S., even though it is not yet certified to do so.
Chinese exporters disguise the meat by labeling crates "dried lily flower" or
"prune slices" or "vegetables."

Despite the deliberate deception, the U.S. government is about to certify the
Chinese to export poultry legally.


I can still hear their screams: 

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