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More Contaminasian?

May 22nd, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The NY Times reports:

“Chinese authorities are investigating whether two companies from this coastal region exported tainted toothpaste as more contaminated product, including some made forchildren, has turned up in Latin America.”

“Authorities in the Dominican Republic said they seized 36,000 tubes of toothpaste suspected of containing diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze…”

“Diethylene glycol is the same poison that the Panamanian government unwittingly mixed into cold medicine last year, killing at least 100 people. In that case, the poison falsely labeled as glycerin, a harmless syrup, originated in China, shipping records show. Diethylene glycol is generally less expensive than its chemical cousin glycerin.”

“‘We didn’t do this; we didn’t make the bad stuff,’ said Shi Lei, a manager at Danyang City Success. ‘It was probably someone else.’”

“Suspicion over China’s role in the tainted toothpaste and cold medicine comes just weeks after investigators blamed two Chinese companies for intentionally shipping pet food ingredients contaminated with an industrial chemical to the United States, leading to one of the largest pet food recalls in history. The cases are fueling mounting concerns about the quality and safety of China’s food and drug exports and threatening to turn into a trade dispute.”

“We didn’t make the bad stuff?” Nay, “It was probably someone else?” Hmm. Not the most convincing of refusals.


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Food for Thought

April 18th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The NYT reported last week that a Chinese biotech plant may be responsible for melamine-contaminated pet food that caused deaths or illness in thousands of American housepets and resulted in a panicked national recall of pet food.

“XUZHOU, China, April 10 — Behind an unmarked gate in this booming city well north of Shanghai lies a large building at the heart of an investigation over tainted pet food that has killed at least 16 cats and dogs in the United States, sickened 12,000 and prompted a nationwide recall.

This is the property of the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Company, a small agricultural products business that investigators have identified as the source of contaminated wheat gluten that was shipped to a major pet food supplier in the United States.

Some American regulators suspect there was deliberate mixing of substances. They are looking into the possibility that melamine, the chemical linked to the pets’ deaths, was mixed into the wheat gluten in China as a way to bolster the protein content, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation.”

Oh heavens, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping the rumors aren’t true. Mostly because of the fact that the incident would most certainly perforate agricultural trade between the States and China. But also because we’ve already suffered through decades of dog-eating jokes; I’m not sure I can handle the dog murder ones.


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