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Is China really into our food to this extent?

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Posted to Thread #12860 at 4:45 pm on Dec 3, 2008

This was in our local paper opinion page....maybe someone who is in the business can report on the validity of this disturbing information.

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 3, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What are we eating?

Per Lou Dobbs on CNN last week, China's latest food scandal, milk laced with melamine, has killed at least four infants and sickened tens of thousands of babies in China. Melamine is an industrial waste that many Chinese food processors scoop up and use as a filler. Due to melamine's high nitrogen content, it can fool testing and pass as a protein. The result is kidney damage.

We in America need to investigate the origin of our food products, because, yes, Chinese ingredients (including milk products) are on the shelves of area grocery stores offered by Nestle, Cadbury, and Mars Inc., in products such as Oreos, Snickers and M&Ms.

After 15 minutes of trying to dodge the question, a Kraft Foods representative reluctantly admitted to me that every ingredient used in Kraft products is imported from China, with the exception of wheat. That cured me of Kraft. (Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House and Capri Sun are Kraft subsidiaries, by the way.) The only apple juice that appears to be a product of the U.S. is Martinelli's - the rest is from China. Does the U.S. not have enough apples? Albertsons recently recalled its ginger (from China) due to melamine content. Remember melamine-tainted dog food and the melamine-tainted blood-thinning drug Heparin? Again, from China.

When expressing my concerns at supermarket staff, the frequent and dull response I hear is "Yuk, yuk, there's something wrong with everything." Not everything, but consistently products from China.

But it's not just melamine; it's also lead, and thankfully, the FDA has banned five different types of Chinese fish farmed in raw sewage. It's time to educate ourselves as to the sources of our food and medicine, and we need to demand better labeling. Remember, there is tremendous power in boycotting.

Kathleen Moffett


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