WALMART POISONING HAWAII CHILDREN
BABY FOOD CONTAMINATED WITH MELAMINE
FOOD CONTAINING CHINESE MILK POWDER STILL ON SALE DESPITE BANS
Hawaii's Republican Governor & U.S. Republican President Hardly Working? Or Working Hard For Chinese Communists?
Will Barack Obama be any different? There's trillions of dollars in trade and corporate profits involved here. Your hard-earned tax dollars are now going to protect those trillions not your children. The Republicans, who only represent the rich and the corporations they hide behind, are willfully allowing the import and the sale of Chinese products and U.S. products containing ingredients made in China, knowing full well that they contain toxic substances such as melamine.
Yes, the poison is STILL on your shelves. And Dubya is only going to slow down the flow of poison officially labeled as "MADE IN CHINA," while he inspects a only little of it. If it says "MADE IN TAIWAN" or "PRODUCT OF SINGAPORE" or "IMPORTED FROM MALAYSIA," no inspections. If it doesn't SAY it contains Chinese milk powder, no inspections. If it goes into a product made in another country, no label, no inspections. If they're willing to poison their own infants, do you think these people give a sh*t about labeling? They'll just LIE!!!
George "Dubya" Bush has deliberately dismantled and disabled the United States Food And Drug Administration as well as the enforcement mechanisms of the US Department Of Agriculture and the Centers For Disease Control because they get in the way of quick and easy profits for his cronies in business and industry. As cancers run wild and poisonings proliferate, Dubya counts his money. Heh-heh. Heh-heh.
Locally, Governor Linda Lingle has been too busy promoting the failed candidacy of fellow Republicans like John McCain, and the future candidacy of Sarah Palin, to do her job here in Hawaii, protecting our keiki from contaminated foods. Is she on the Chinese payroll, also? Directly or indirectly, yes she is. Whether Lingle and corrupt, incompetent politicians like her receive a weekly paycheck from the communist government in Beijing, or simply accept the campaign contributions they receive from U.S. companies doing business with China, they are making hay on making poison for American kids.
In China, there would be a show trial and public executions of mid-level flunkies. Then more business as usual, more poisoning of foods for profit. In America, we don't even pretend to do anything. The DHHS today proclaimed its partnership with the Chi-Coms to be a big success. I guess we can always make more babies. That's what the Chinese do.
"HAPPY POISONED HALLOWEEN"
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Feds Send Mixed Message to China"
Our Overlords giveth, and our Overlords taketh away.
' Just as the FDA was announcing a sweeping detention of food products containing milk from China, the Department of Health and Human Services was spinning in a decidedly different direction. Around 4 p.m. yesterday, HHS, FDA’s federal parent, sent out an upbeat announcement, headlined: “Latest Efforts with China to Further Improve Cooperation on Food Safety.” The release touted next week’s planned visit by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach to China for consultations with officials there and for ribbon-cutting on the agency’s new offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Both men, it said, will take part in seminars with Chinese authorities on food and drug “policy and governance,” and, nearer the end, “the latest scientific data on the toxicity of melamine on humans.” Melamine is the poisonous chemical that’s been found in Chinese milk. '
"F.D.A. Detains Chinese Imports for Testing"
Question, what is Chinese poison NOT in?
' Candy, snacks, bakery products, pet food and other Chinese products that contain milk will be detained at the border until tests prove that they are not contaminated, the federal government announced Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration said it issued the alert because of concern about such products being contaminated with the toxic chemical melamine. It was discovered in infant formula in September and has sickened more than 50,000 infants in China and killed at least four. Since that time, melamine has been found in a wide range of other products, including milk, eggs and fish feed. As a result, companies in the United States have recalled several products generally sold in Asian specialty stores, including a nondairy creamer and Mr. Brown brands of instant coffee and tea. But to date, the contamination here was not thought to be widespread. F.D.A. analyses have detected melamine and cyanuric acid, another contaminant, in “a number of products that contain milk or milk-derived ingredients, including candy and beverages,” according to an alert that the agency sent to field personnel. The alert also noted that inspectors in more than 13 other countries had discovered melamine in Chinese products including milk, yogurt, frozen desserts, biscuits, chocolates and cookies. The agency routinely blocks imports of individual food products, but it is rare for it to block an entire category of one country’s foods. Last year, the F.D.A. blocked five types of farm-raised seafood as well as vegetable protein from China because of repeated instances of contamination. China exports a relatively small but growing amount of dairy products to the United States, about $13 million in 2007, most of which was casein, a dairy ingredient. (By contrast, New Zealand exported $697 million to the United States). But the figures do not include food products and dietary supplements that include milk or milk-derived ingredients, a potentially much larger universe. Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, criticized the agency’s response, saying it should have acted sooner. The import alert should include egg and fish products “given that animal feed has been found to be contaminated with melamine,” she said in a release. “Clearly, the problems involving melamine in China are significantly deeper than F.D.A. would have us believe,” Ms. DeLauro said. '
US DEPT OF HEALTH & "HUMAN" SERVICES
"HHS Announces Latest Efforts with China to Further Improve Cooperation on Food Safety"
Oh, Wow! There's a WORKSHOP in China next week! That should solve the problem! We don't need to eat before then, do we? After the workshop, will there be cocktails? Maybe Chinese hookers? Some cash changing hands? Hm?
' HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., will travel to the People’s Republic of China during the week of Nov. 17, 2008, for consultations with their Chinese counterparts. During this week, as part of an ongoing strategy to address the food safety issues in both countries and to share ideas to address global food safety, U.S. and Chinese government officials will conduct two workshops in Beijing. This will include a discussion of the recent outbreak of foodborne illness in the United States related to fresh produce as well as the melamine contamination of dairy products in China. In addition, during this trip, the Secretary and the Commissioner will open FDA’s new offices in three cities in China. '
THE CITIZEN, TANZANIA
"Trader to face court over 34 tonnes of tainted milk impounded in Dar"
They have better enforcement in Africa. And, yes, the problem is worldwide.
' The trader who imported the Chinese milk that has tested positive for a dangerous chemical is to be prosecuted, it was announced yesterday. It also emerged that up to 34 tonnes of contaminated milk were impounded from the trader whose identity was not revealed during a media briefing in Dar es Salaam to announce results of tests conducted in South Africa. The Citizen exclusively reported on Wednesday that the industrial chemical melamine was discovered in abnormally high quantities in some samples of milk the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) impounded in September. TFDA deputy director general Charisy Ugullum said legal action would be taken against the trader in accordance with the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 2003. Tanzania is among countries that reacted quickly to an alert issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after thousands of babies fell ill after consuming contaminated milk and milk products in China earlier this year. The scandal surfaced on July 16 after dozens of babies that had been fed on milk powder produced by the Shijiazhuang-based Sanlu Group were diagnosed with kidney stones. According to scientific journals, melamine is a hard synthetic substance better known for its fire resistant properties. The nitrogen-rich molecule is sometimes illegally added to food products in order to increase their protein content. It has also been employed as a non-protein nitrogen, appearing in soy meal, corn gluten meal and cottonseed meal used in cattle feed. Melamine is known to cause renal and urinary problems in humans and animals when it reacts with cyanuric acid inside the body. It is sometimes present in drinking water and in animal feed, so its use in food production is universally forbidden. A number of arrests were made following the scandal in China. The head of Sanlu, seven local government officials, as well as the director of the administration of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine were sacked or forced to resign over the scandal. The WHO described the Chinese milk saga as one of the largest food safety concerns it has had to deal with in recent years. In late October, it was discovered that the problem had spread to eggs in China. '
PACIFIC MAGAZINE, GUAM
"Guam Customs Seizes Hong Kong Food Shipment"
Yes, tiny tropical islands in the South Pacific have better food safety than we do: They banned Chinese milk in September, 2008. We still haven't done so.
' This is the eighth container containing food products suspected of containing melamine stopped by Guam Customs since Sept. 25. It also follows a U.S. Federal Drug Administration ban on all dairy products from China, including candy, cereal, pet food and soft drinks. "We continue to do this work, even though we have very limited resources. The industry itself has also started to police itself. The wholesalers and retailers who order products from China, many of them on their own have started to police and correct this problem,” said Customs Maj. David Flores. '
SAKAAL TIMES, INDIA
"Seized Chinese candies to be tested in pvt labs"
Their government may not have the resources, but they find a way to make food safe, even in poverty-stricken India.
' The city-based state public health laboratory had to fall back on the private laboratory as it does not have the machine to undertake the tests. Even the Union government did not respond to the state laboratory authorities seeking funds for buying the instrument. The state lab is recognised as a central food laboratory. The sophisticated GCMSMS machine costing over Rs 1 crore is used to conduct the tests. “We have located a private laboratory equipped with a GCMSMS machine. The laboratory authorities have agreed to allow us to conduct tests,” a senior state laboratory official said. Last month, the State government had banned the sale of Chinese milk products after reports suggested that melamine was being used in them. Consumption of products with the industrial chemical can lead to eye and skin irritation, kidney stones and loss of appetite. After the State ban, the Pune division Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized Chinese candies worth Rs 18 lakh from various localities. “The tests of the seized samples are essential to establish the percentage of melamine present. Future government’s action will depend on the lab report,” FDA officials said. '
"Public Wants Better Labeling Regulations
from FDA, Says Survey"
The public be damned, I guess. That's the "conservative," i.e., corporatist philosophy.
' A new national food safety and labeling poll conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center reveals that many consumers have growing concerns about food safety. According to the study, they want the government to inspect the food supply more frequently and to publicly disclose where food safety problems arise. "The Consumer Reports poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly expect the government to do much more to protect the public from contaminated food," said Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Policy Analyst at Consumers Union. "Consumers want to know that the food they buy meets the standards they expect -- our poll shows that right now, that is not the case.” While 73 percent polled currently regard the overall food supply as safe, nearly half (48%) said their confidence in the safety of the nation's food supply has decreased. A slight majority of Americans feel the government is doing all it can to ensure food safety (54%). Eighty-three percent of respondents are concerned with harmful bacteria or chemicals in food and 81 percent are concerned with the safety of imported food. At present, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspects domestic food production facilities once every 5 to 10 years, and foreign facilities even less frequently. And while U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must inspect meat plants daily, the FDA has no such requirement for other food processing plants. '.
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