We have covered the Menu Foods problem of tainted dog food that killed many of our pets, but the problem does not stop at pet food entering the country from China. The concept of a safe food supply differs greatly in China compared to the United States. Some example of foods that were detained by customs and the Food and Drug Administration at the border in the past month coming from China.
- Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical.
- Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics.
- Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria.
- Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.
If we are going to trade food products with China we need to make sure that the supply is safe for consumption.
… along with more than 1,000 shipments of tainted Chinese dietary supplements, toxic Chinese cosmetics and counterfeit Chinese medicines.
For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught — many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.
Now the confluence of two events — the highly publicized contamination of U.S. chicken, pork and fish with tainted Chinese pet food ingredients and this week’s resumption of high-level economic and trade talks with China — has activists and members of Congress demanding that the United States tell China it is fed up. via the washingtonpost.com.