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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Drunk Muppet AWARD goes to: China Poisoning US Food Supply

Todays Drunk Muppet AWARD goes to:
China Poisoning US Food Supply.
America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating if ingredients imported from China and used in recalled pet food were spiked intentionally with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content.
If so, is this a case of greed--or bio-terrorism? The FDA won't comment. Officials concede, however, that contaminated foods from China are becoming a growing problem as the Communist Party-ruled country plays a greater part in the global food chain, thanks to globalization. In China, chemical use is high and regulations are lax, or routinely violated (corruption is rampant). The FDA has the authority to inspect imports for contaminants that are in violation of US law; but the agency only has the resources to physically check a small fraction of them.

To make matters worse, China's retail sales arm--the brutal, Main Street-busting behemoth known as Wal-Mart--plans to grow so-called organic food in China. Organic food ... from a country plagued by toxic industrial pollution that taints the water and soil in which the crops are grown. Wonderful.

Back to the FDA. The agency's food sleuths are still awaiting visas that would allow them to visit the Chinese factories where the vegetable protein ingredients were produced. While they're waiting, they could check out the video below to get a feel for what ordinary Americans think about China's newest threat to US national security.

Shelly Rogers

Davenport ND

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