30 October 2008

Chinese Roulette

If you have any type of foodstuff in your house (and, chances are, whether you know it, or not... you do) that contains any type of ingredient made in China... it's like sticking a loaded gun in your mouth...

-- BEIJING -- Animal feed producers in China commonly add the industrial chemical melamine to their products to make them appear higher in protein, state media reported Thursday, an indication that the scope of the country's latest food safety scandal could extend beyond milk and eggs.

It is forbidden to deliberately add melamine to food and animal feed, but its apparent prevalence highlights the inability of authorities to keep the food production process clean of toxins despite official vows to raise safety standards.
From the same caring folks who brought you lead-painted baby toys.

Go clean out your pantry and your fridge.

Do it now.

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RELATED: Think this doesn't apply to you?

Think again...
"Made in Canada" simply means that 51 per cent of the production cost was incurred in Canada; the ingredients could come from anywhere, and increasingly they come from China.

For example, manufacturers can import apple juice concentrate from China - for about one-fifth the cost of Canadian concentrate - add water to it in Canada, and mark it "Made in Canada."

"We eat food from China every day, we just don't know about it," says Dr. Keith Warriner, an assistant professor of food science at the University of Guelph.
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6 comments:

Linda said...

Only problem is - our own labeling laws are inadequate to the task. I think that if at least 50% of the product is deemed to come from Canada, it can be labeled "Made in Canada", so we have no real way of knowing where ingredients come from...

Anonymous said...

If Chinese industry make their best new customers eat this poison, then what are they feeding the Chinese people themselves? (real conservative)

Neo Conservative said...

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"rc asks... what are they feeding the Chinese people themselves?"

well... melamine-laced baby formula, for starters.

and linda... i think the scary, hidden conservatives were working on tougher packaging laws... we'll have to see if they get held up in the senate.

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Linda said...

Neo - one can hope!

Anonymous said...

Liberals like Jean Chretien and his buddies at Power Corporation make far too much money from China to be worried about the health of Canadians - look for the Liberal Party to squawk and block any attempt by the Conservatives to protect Canadians.

prairie dog said...

I think it's time I plant a garden...