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Is China really into our food to this extent?
Joined: Dec 11, 2005
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.
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Other messages in this thread:
- 12860. Is China really into our food to this extent? - KarenNoCA - 4:45pm on 12/03/08 (24)
- Oh yes. I stopped buying shrimp 3 years ago for just that reason. Wild shrimp is so - Marg CDN - 5:15pm on 12/03/08
- I don't doubt it for a second. Starbucks gets its milk from China. (Not enough cows in the States?!) [NT] - Shaun in TO - 5:19pm on 12/03/08
- I just spoke with Starbucks customer service. They said they use chinese milk sources only for... - Michael in Phoenix - 7:05pm on 12/03/08
- You're right! Sorry for the misinformation. [NT] - Shaun in TO - 7:18pm on 12/03/08
- Thanks for calling my attention to this. As for China, I can say this: a friend of mine... - Michael in Phoenix - 8:00pm on 12/03/08
- Is this how you get your insights into Mexican produce as well? You made me permanently - Marg CDN - 8:53pm on 12/03/08
- No. My insight into mexican-grown produce is from the regional produce manager of a local... - Michael in Phoenix - 4:41am on 12/04/08
- PS: Sorry if this post is not politically correct. I believe it is accurate, and my source is... - Michael in Phoenix - 1:38pm on 12/04/08
- Hey Michael....howfastdidyousaythatdrinkname? [NT] - MarilynFL - 7:21pm on 12/03/08
- Faster than Niles Crane! Actually, I can say it even faster... - Michael in Phoenix - 7:45pm on 12/03/08
- And this morning I read China is concerned about melamine tainted eggs. That could affect a lot of - Curious1 - 5:20pm on 12/03/08
- how would this be possible? In powdered eggs? [NT] - AngAk - 11:19pm on 12/03/08
- I think it's fresh eggs, but think about Chinese egg noodles, etc. Here's a link to NY Times article [NT] [LINK] - Curious1 - 2:18am on 12/04/08
- Contaminated ginger...is that fresh ginger? How would it become tainted?? [NT] - Curious1 - 5:30pm on 12/03/08
- I believe it may be powdered ginger. I wish I knew of a way to track the foods - KarenNoCA - 5:36pm on 12/03/08
- I won't buy dried mushrooms from China despite the tempting price and - aajay - 5:55pm on 12/03/08
- below is a list of barcodes that identify which country foods came from. - emtd - 7:22pm on 12/03/08
- And then this information disputes your post....so confusing! [LINK] - KarenNoCA - 12:24am on 12/04/08
- it's hard to know what to believe isn't it? Thanks KarenNoCa. (nt) [NT] - emtd - 12:48am on 12/04/08
- That makes sense, thanks. [NT] - Curious1 - 11:00pm on 12/03/08
- I believe it's the lack of regulations on fertilizers, pesticides, etc.. that we need to worry about - Marg CDN - 6:17pm on 12/03/08
- I just checked bar codes on three cans from my pantry through this site, [LINK] - KarenNoCA - 12:46am on 12/04/08
- Now, does that mean that the product inside the can is from CA too? or is it the packaged item came - PatBastrop - 1:33am on 12/04/08
- One jar is Santa Barbara olives and are processed in CA and packagaed - KarenNoCA - 3:34am on 12/04/08