Friday, June 29, 2007

China is not our friend

If the people with extremely high IQs in China outnumber the population of the USA, how does it come that Chinese manufacturers are so damned stupid?

I am sickened by the endlessly unfolding saga of Chinese manufacturing corruption.
I am sick of writing about it - but I can't let go, since it is up to us in the Blogsphere to maintain the rage and propagate the message which is - boycott all things Chinese, including the bloody Olympics.

The Chinese must be made to realise that its corporate behavior has been internationally unacceptable.

OK, action is being taken in China. Factories are being closed down, they say.
BUT, the breadth of the criminal activity is only beginning to be uncovered.

Now we discover that people all over the world have been brushing their teeth with antifreeze.
Hundreds of thousands of people. Old folk in old folks' homes, for instance. All those in institutions wherein cheap generic products are supplied.. And, we are not sure who else and what else. Yet.

Now this, from today's Boston Herald.

Also Wednesday, Beijing police raided a village where live pigs were force-fed wastewater to boost their weight before slaughter, state media reported.
Plastic pipes had been forced down the pigs’ throats and villagers had pumped each 220-pound pig with 44 pounds of wastewater, the Beijing Morning Post reported Thursday.
Paperwork showed the pigs were headed for one of Beijing’s main slaughterhouses and stamps on their ears indicated that they already had been through quarantine and inspection, the paper said. Suspects escaped during the raid and no arrests were made, it said.
Earlier this week, inspectors announced they had closed 180 food factories in China in the first half of this year and seized tons of candy, pickles, crackers and seafood tainted with formaldehyde, illegal dyes and industrial wax.
"These are not isolated cases," Han Yi, an official with Wei’s quality administration, was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s state-run China Daily newspaper.
Han’s admission was significant because the agency has said in the past that safety violations were the work of a few rogue operators _ a claim aimed at protecting China’s billions of dollars of food exports.


The blood runs cold.

Just pop onto the Made in China directory to see how deeply exposed we are to the vast range of products being manufactured and exported by that populous nation.

Then on this technology site which reports on tainted dietary supplements, fake Chinese medicines and, for heaven's sake, lipsticks containing the carcinogenic Sudan red dye.

I would say that we can trust nothing bearing the words "Made In China" but, terrifyingly, some of the cheat products don't even reveal their origin.
We are in trouble.

Shame, China, shame!!!

7 comments:

The Discovering Alcoholic said...

From the link: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070628/D8Q239O00.html

WASHINGTON (AP) - Farmed seafood has now joined tires, toothpaste and toy trains on the list of tainted and defective products from China that could be hazardous to a person's health.

Federal health officials said Thursday they were detaining three types of Chinese fish - catfish, basa and dace - as well as shrimp and eel after repeated testing turned up contamination with drugs unapproved in the United States for use in farmed seafood.

ashleigh said...

What a surprise.

On my last visit I was feeling a bit off colour and put it down to the usual "Delhi-belly". But I'm VERY VERY careful what I eat, so perhaps its just all the crud in the food.

meeyauw said...

It isn't just corruption and tainted products: it's human rights. Why have I never seen outrage about that in the media? Before this food problem began people seemed to be stumbling over themselves to get China's favor because of the huge market they represent. I even read that the best way we can "help" them with human rights is to give them capitalism. Yet capitalism is probably why these dirt poor farmers are force feeding their pigs.

Another interesting commentary on the China thing:
http://tinyurl.com/27caay

Samela said...

Thanks Discovering...you were ahead of the mainstream media with that news. Dammit, basa is the fish used in my favourite fish curry.

All quite possible, Ashleigh...even the crud in the toothpaste, it turns out. And who knows what else. It worries me what they are using to dye the clothes they make for our market.

Ah, Meeeyauw - you make an excellent point about human rights - and that, in encouraging a capitalist China, in our getting some of our own back.

Anonymous said...

hi Sa...sorry have not been in touch for a while...living away whilst house being renovated. good luck re the fags, how are you going with withdrawls?have been checking in on penquins and primary..interesting stuff...did you get my message re foie gras?love from chilly adelaide hills

Nicholas said...

Try living in China for awhile Samela - it gets scary after awhile. I hate to think now what I was taking into my body every day.

By the way did you ever get around to reading my book? My next one will be based on China, but will likely make for less lighter reading.

Cheers, Nicholas Klar

http://klarbooks.com/mmiat/

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