Contaminated toothpaste from China from The New York Times (thanks Therese)
Making China clean up its act from a Washington Post reporter in The Star-Telegram
China trade reveals gaps in FDA system from The Chicago Tribune
“Mom! This food tastes funny…”
“Eat your poisoned food from China Tommy; it’s good for… um… the economy”.
As the story slowly unravels from the sluggish, mostly quiescent US press it turns out that China has been shipping toxic food products to the United States for years, and over-worked, under-funded federal inspectors have known all about it.
So all of you out there who are arguing in favor of libertarians and further deregulation, beware of what you wish for, you might just get a mouthful of toxins, with love, from China.
Our cats' and dogs' health could have been compromised long before tainted pet food was recalled. From The Wichita Eagle
Weeks after tainted Chinese pet food ingredients killed and sickened thousands of dogs and cats in the United States, China faced growing international pressure to prove that its food exports were safe to eat.
But simmering beneath the surface is a thornier problem that worries Chinese officials: how do they assure the world that this is not a nation of counterfeits and that "Made in China" means well-made?
..."We're now learning some of the dirty secrets behind this fast-growing economy"
..."Still, doubts remain about the ability of Beijing to tackle what many experts see as rampant fraud in its booming economy, and a culture of counterfeiting."
..."China is also pressing the United States and the European Union to accept imports of Chinese poultry products...." [yeah, just what we want, send more....]
China‘s former top drug regulator went on trial Wednesday accused of taking bribes to approve untested medicine, including an antibiotic that killed at least 10 patients last year before it was taken off the market.
Dozens of people have died in Panama after taking medicine contaminated with a chemical traced to a Chinese company
The Good News - Some companies ARE paying attention:
Mission Foods and Tyson say NO to ingredients from Tyson
From The LA Times
As the recall of tainted pet food mushroomed into an international scandal, two of the largest U.S. food manufacturers put out a blanket order to their American suppliers: No more ingredients from China.
Chinese Imports nixed by key firms by USA Today
Menu Foods, North America's biggest maker of wet pet foods and the company that launched the pet food recall, is phasing out ingredients from China.(Note: Royal Canin and The South African pet food institute already swore off Chinese imports - weeks ago.)
What else is being done:
Bayh asks Bush, FDA to restrict Chinese food, medicine imports (added 5:45pm)
The United States should yank away the “welcome” sign for many Chinese food and medicine ingredients, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., told President Bush and the head of the Food and Drug Administration in letters he sent Monday.
A proposal to consolidate federal food safety agencies is not as headline-driven as it may seem. From the LA Times
Lawmakers push for change in food safety oversight from cnn.com
Bill Allowing Civil Actions For Harm Caused By Tainted Pet Food AdvancesChemNutra Calls for Pet Food Ingredients Safety Summit July in Las Vegas (Okay, but we'd rather you not import food at all)
And finally, who not to believe:
The Pet Food Institute - read their latest at PR Week
...[I'm proud to be one of those off-the-charts bloggers - if not for us lots more pets would be dead. So screw you Mr. Ekedahl.]
Bush: What's your opinion of the media's handling of the situation?Ekedahl: There were specific articles that were troublesome and bloggers who were off the charts.