Tuesday, July 03, 2007

China Food Products in Question?

As many as 180 food factories have been shut down after inspectors found industrial chemicals being used in products from candy to seafood and other type of food products such as pickles, crackersmeat, milk, beverages, soy sauce, monkfish, frozen eel, juice, biscuits, black fungus, melon seeds, bean curd and cooking oil (wonder what else has been detected)

An official from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said that such cases were not isolated but quite widespread as there were about 1 million food processing plants in China. I guessed insufficient manpower in that division didn't enable them to check on the food quality. Or it could those bribery going on between staff from both parties.

Recent cases involving China produced toothpaste was already an issue and not forgetting the dog/cat food products from China which were suspected to have caused many pet dogs/cats to have died after consuming wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine. That's the problem when you opt for cheaper products........ go get the higher quality ones at a higher price then...

Even Senator Charles Schumer in USA had criticised the Food and Drug Administration and other US agencies for not protecting the US citizens in monitoring such tainted food.

China Daily has reported that dyes, mineral oils, paraffin wax, formaldehyde and the carcinogenic malachite green have been detected on such tainted food. But could it be a tit-for-tat action by the US government after China has started the banning on US food products earlier on? You'll never know as such economic actions could take place just for revenge purpose.

In spite of all the above reports/news, Malaysia's Health Ministry has stated that they have not found any toxic chemicals in food and other products imported from China. Do they check it thoroughly at food laboratories? How does the Minister himself verify it? By reading reports only and from which government agencies? The whole issue was blown up towards end June 2007 and by 3 July 2007, the Health Ministry could be so sure?
Tags: Tainted Food, Toxic Chemical, Industrial Chemical, Food, Health Ministry, China, Food and Drug Administration, Animal Feed, Food Safety, Health

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