Skip to comments.From China to Panama, a Trail of Poisoned Medicine
Posted on 05/05/2007 4:02:04 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
The kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire. Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult, then often impossible without assistance. In the end, most victims die.
Many of them are children, poisoned at the hands of their unsuspecting parents.
The syrupy poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in antifreeze.
It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Ugh. Just ugh.
“......Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration warned drug makers and suppliers in the United States to be especially vigilant in watching for diethylene glycol. The warning did not specifically mention China, and it said there was no reason to believe that glycerin in this country was tainted. Even so, the agency asked that all glycerin shipments be tested for diethylene glycol, and said it was exploring how supplies of glycerin become contaminated.......”
A very long article but most definitely worth the read. Very frightening. Stop all trade with China immediately.
Thank you for posting this. Definitely, anyone who tries to cut corners with their budget and their health needs to be aware of what is in their food and their meds.
It makes me angry that the sources of so many ingredients are hidden from us. I make it a point to avoid Chinese goods whenever possible, but it isn’t always apparent. This treachery, and the complete ineffectiveness of our government agencies in protecting us, infuriates me.
Not pet food, but China related.
Ping of interest.
Why is anyone surprised about China’s callous indifference to inflicting suffering on others (humans or animals) in order to benefit an elite few. Just look at organ harvesting from prisoners and bile harvesting from bears. This time it’s poisoned food and medical products. Their history’s full of this. It’s in their amoral nature. They embraced communism for heaven’s sake. Why are we surprised indeed?
I’m not surprised by China’s lack of concern but I am disgusted with so called Americans who will happily inflict these poisons on us so they can make a buck.
Don’t bother looking at labels, no food products have to list where it comes from. The FDA web site will tell you just how many products from China are rejected each month, routinely more than any other country. While most countries have only a handful of rejected shipments per month. China rejections often run in the triple digits. Last month, 215 Chinese products were rejected.
REP. JOHN DUNCAN, (R) TENNESSEE: The Chinese are really ripping us off, adding all of these adulterated products and dangerous items and products and chemicals so they can make more money.
PILGRIM: Some small food producers in China have gone after easy profits by adding cheaper ingredients to undercut their competitors. The FDA web site often reads such reasons as unsafe additives for reason of rejecting a shipment.
REP. TOM DAVIS, (R) VIRGINIA: Even when you write rules, whether its over intellectual property or whether food safety provisions or whatever, you have to watch these people very, very carefully. They tend to circumvent and will do anything they can get away with.
PILGRIM: In 2000, Chinese producers were cheating on trade laws, shipping their honey through Thailand to avoid anti-dumping penalties. U.S. authorities testing honey for anti-dumping enforcement, found Chinese honey had the antibiotic Clorophenical (ph), which can cause cancer. That mirrors the recent case of melamine.
WILLIAM HUBBARD, FMR. FDA OFFICIAL: I would hope this time this is a wakeup call. This could have been human food. And people could have died from this.
PILGRIM (on camera): Just a glance of the FDA web site shows, of the small percentage of products that were tested, China had a startling high rejection rate. That begs the question, when faced with such high food and safety rejection rates from China, didn’t officials see the warning signs well before the melamine contamination,
MICHAEL GREEN, CTR. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: There is no federal lead standard for children’s products. There is a federal lead standard for paint but not for children’s products. We think that needs to change.
I’m embarrassed for our government that they don’t have strong testing procedures in place.
Consumer experts from all around the world, including the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, well, they are going to get together at an international product safety conference later this month. They are meeting to find ways to ensure products reaching the public are made safer. That conference is being held in Beijing.....
LIDDY DOLE'S RED CROSS RUNS AMOK
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BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 2 - THE LOOSE WAY THE FDA REGULATES BLOOD INDUSTRY Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: September 25, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 20:45:42 PDT by Wallaby (347)
BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 3 -- FEAR OF AIDS SPURS CHANGE Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: TUESDAY September 26, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 21:00:40 PDT by Wallaby (346)
BLOOD TRAIL: THE BLOOD BROKERS PART 4 -- RED CROSS: FROM DISASTER RELIEF TO BLOOD Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: WEDNESDAY September 27, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 21:44:11 PDT by Wallaby (345)
BLOOD TRAIL: BLOOD BROKERS, PART 5, LAST IN SERIES -- AMERICA: THE OPEC OF THE GLOBAL PLASMA Source: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Published: September 28, 1989 Author: Gilbert M. Gaul Posted on 07/12/1999 22:14:30 PDT by Wallaby (344)
Yes, I have long advocated that we cease all normal trade relations with Red China, and now it has become clearly exigent as a matter of simple food safety.
Food, drugs, cosmetics, lead toys, toxic inks and paints...
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