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China Widens Food Tests on Signs of New Contamination, Poison

October 31, 2008

Chinese regulators said Friday that they were widening their investigation into contaminated food amid growing signs that an industrial chemical called melamine had leached into the nation’s animal feed supplies, posing even deeper health risks to consumers after the recent tainted milk scandal.

By David Barboza
The New York Times
The announcement came after food safety tests earlier this week found that eggs produced in three different provinces in China were contaminated with melamine, a chemical that is blamed for causing kidney stones and renal failure in infants. The tests have led to recalls of eggs and consumer warnings.

The reports are another serious blow to China’s agriculture industry, which is already struggling to cope with its worst food safety scandal in decades after melamine tainted milk supplies sickened over 50,000 children, caused at least four deaths and led to global recalls of goods produced with Chinese dairy products earlier this fall.

Above: A worker placed a notice that read “No melamine contained” on egg crates at a major eggs production factory in suburban Beijing on Friday. Photo by Andy Wong, Associated Press.

The cases are fueling global concerns about contaminated Chinese food. In Hong Kong, food safety officials announced this week that they would be testing a wider variety of foods for melamine, including vegetables, flour and meat products.

But food safety experts have also asked consumers to remain calm because while melamine-tainted milk has hospitalized thousands in China, there are no known cases thus far of consumers becoming seriously ill from eating melamine-tainted eggs.

Hong Kong officials said melamine was found in higher than permissible levels in eggs imported from China, but that a child would have to eat about two dozen eggs in a single day to become ill.

Still, if eggs, milk and animal feed supplies are tainted, there is the specter of an even wider array of foods that could come under scrutiny for contamination, everything from pork and chicken supplies to bread, biscuits, eggs, cakes and seafood.

While China is not a major exporter of dairy products, it has one of the world’s fastest-growing dairy industries and it is also one of the world’s largest exporters of food and food ingredients, including meats, seafood, beverages and vitamins.

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Shame On The BBC: Poison in Chinese Food System Known For Years

October 31, 2008

Today the BBC reported that the poison melamine was widely used in many food products in China and that “the melamine scandal began early in September.”  Sorry BBC, but the New York Times reported a year ago last April (2007) that melamine was widely used in food products in China. 

They must not have the Internet in London because I found the New York Times report on melamine in China’s food supply on the Internet from April 2007 in just seconds.

My Vietnamese-born wife, who has been a guest of the communist prison and torture system said, “When you want to do business with communist China’s news media, you publish what they tell you or else.”

The BBC should be ashamed. 

China treats free and open media about the way the Obama campaign treats conservative reporters….
Obama’s Staff Expells Conservative Newpaper Reporters

I lived and worked in China and farmers eagerly showed Westerners like myself how much pesticide and fertilizer they used (overused) which has now contaminated about 90% of China’s underground water supply.  We were also aware of the use of “thinners” like melamine 10 years ago.  The farmers in China didn’t know it was bad so they were not afraid to discuss its use…..

Here’s the report on melamine in China’s food supply from The New York Times from April 2007:
ZHANGQIU, China, April 28, 2007 — As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers in this heavily polluted northern city openly admit that the substance is routinely added to animal feed as a fake protein.
For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits, according to melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here.

“Many companies buy melamine scrap to make animal feed, such as fish feed,” said Ji Denghui, general manager of the Fujian Sanming Dinghui Chemical Company, which sells melamine. “I don’t know if there’s a regulation on it. Probably not. No law or regulation says ‘don’t do it,’ so everyone’s doing it. The laws in China are like that, aren’t they? If there’s no accident, there won’t be any regulation.”

Melamine is at the center of a recall of 60 million packages of pet food, after the chemical was found in wheat gluten linked this month to the deaths of at least 16 pets in the United States.

No one knows exactly how melamine (which is not believed to be particularly toxic) became so fatal in pet food, but its presence in any form of American food is illegal.

The link to China has set off concerns among critics of the Food and Drug Administration that ingredients in pet food as well as human food, which are increasingly coming from abroad, are not being adequately screened.

Above: Ariana Lindquist for The New York Times

“They have fewer people inspecting product at the ports than ever before,” says Caroline Smith DeWaal, the director of food safety for the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. “Until China gets programs in place to verify the safety of their products, they need to be inspected by U.S. inspectors. This open-door policy on food ingredients is an open invitation for an attack on the food supply, either intentional or unintentional.”

Now, with evidence mounting that the tainted wheat gluten came from China, American regulators have been granted permission to visit the region to conduct inspections of food treatment facilities.

The Food and Drug Administration has already banned imports of wheat gluten from China after it received more than 14,000 reports of pets believed to have been sickened by packaged food. And last week, the agency opened a criminal investigation in the case and searched the offices of at least one pet food supplier.

The Department of Agriculture has also stepped in. On Thursday, the agency ordered more than 6,000 hogs to be quarantined or slaughtered after some of the pet food ingredients laced with melamine were accidentally sent to hog farms in eight states, including California.

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China’s Food: Poison Melamine May Be In Nearly Everything

October 31, 2008

The toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, state media has reported.

Correspondents say the unusually frank reports in several news outlets are an admission that contamination could be widespread throughout the food chain.


The melamine scandal began early in September, when at least four Chinese babies were killed by contaminated milk, and thousands more became ill.

A worker labors behind a stack of eggs before they are packaged ... 
A worker labors behind a stack of eggs before they are packaged at a major chicken eggs production factory in suburban Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. Three more Chinese brands of eggs containing melamine have been identified and a local government has acknowledged that officials knew about the contamination for a month before it was publicly disclosed.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The news led firms across Asia to recall products made from Chinese milk.

The problem widened last weekend when the authorities in Hong Kong reported that melamine had also been detected in Chinese eggs.

Four brands of eggs have since been found to be contaminated, and agriculture officials speculate that the cause was probably melamine-laced feed given to hens.

Melamine is high in nitrogen, and the chemical is added to food products to make them appear to have a higher protein content.

‘Open secret’

Several state newspapers carried reports on Thursday suggesting that the addition of melamine to animal feed was widespread.

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China Says It Will Tighten Control of Feed Industry; After Years of Evidence of Poisoned Animal Feed

China: Top Candy Brand Has To Go As Poisoned Milk Scandal Widens

September 26, 2008

by Marianne Barriaux

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s toxic milk scandal escalated Friday as one of the nation’s famous candy brands was pulled off shelves and four more people outside the mainland were thought to have fallen ill.

The industrial chemical melamine has also been found in Heinz baby cereal and in potato crackers in the southern Chinese territory of Hong Kong and officials ordered a recall of the products.

In China, the maker of White Rabbit candy, given to US president Richard Nixon on a landmark 1972 trip, said it was halting domestic sales after its products were found to contain melamine, normally used to make plastic.

A hospital in Taiwan said three young children who frequently visited China had developed kidney stones after drinking tainted Chinese milk formula.

The mother of one of the children had also developed kidney stones, the National Yang-Ming University Hospital said.

The only other five cases of children falling ill from drinking tainted milk outside the mainland have so far been reported in Hong Kong, where authorities said they had ordered a recall of two more tainted products.

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety said it had ordered retailers to pull Heinz DHA+AA Vegetable Formula Cereal and Silang House of Steamed Potato Wasabi Cracker from their shelves.

It threatened the producers of tainted food with prosecution if there was “sufficient evidence.”

The news is the latest twist in an embarrassing scandal that has left 53,000 children in China sick, killing four, after they drank contaminated milk.

The number of countries banning or restricting imports of Chinese milk products….

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Vietnam’s Booming Population

September 26, 2008

Vietnam’s population, severely depressed by 50 years of war that finally ended in the early 1980s, is now growing so fast the government has passed a law imposing fines on families having more than two children.

The law, however, is not rigidly enforced, according to the Vietnam News Service.

“Many agencies … and communities loosened administrative fines and flinched from punishing people who gave birth to a third child,” the News Service reported in August.

An estimated 85 million people live in Vietnam, a narrow and elongated coastal country with the land area equivalent to the state of New Mexico, or 121,500 square miles. New Mexico, by comparison, has only 2 million people.

During much of the Vietnam War, the population hovered around the 60 million mark. Two-thirds of today’s population were born after the war ended in 1975.

In addition to its two-child policy, the government has invested heavily in family planning programs and the distribution of contraceptives. They are key elements of the country’s population strategy that has set a national growth rate of 1.14 percent over the next two years.

Because Vietnam has far more females than males, it also has one of the highest abortion rates among the world’s developing countries as boy babies are prized over girl babies.

Population control, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the Vietnam News Service, is necessary to raise the standard of living and correct gender imbalance in the land of the dragon.

– William B. Ketter, CNHI

China milk scandal hits Japan firm, Taiwan victims

September 26, 2008

By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING — China’s tainted milk scandal continues to expand beyond its borders as three Taiwanese children and a mother are sick with kidney stones, a Japanese confectioner’s cookies are found to be contaminated and the European Union joins other countries in banning imports of baby food containing Chinese milk.

Liu Yi-lien, health chief of the Ilan County government in eastern Taiwan, says the two 3-year-old girls and a one-year-old boy all have been traveling frequently between Taiwan and China with their parents. One of the children’s mothers also has kidney stones.

If a link is established between these kidney problems and melamine-tainted milk, they would be the first such cases diagnosed outside of China or its territories of Hong Kong and Macau since the contaminated milk scandal erupted this month.

However, the infants may have been consuming formula purchased in China, not Taiwan.

Liu said they all consumed Chinese milk, but that more tests were need to establish a link to their kidney stones.

Four children in China have died from consuming the products contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine and more than 50,000 have been sickened.

Five other children have become ill as a result of using melamine-tainted products in the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau.

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Pro-life groups slam Obama

April 2, 2008

By S. A. Miller
The Washington Times
April 2, 2008

Pro-life activists say Sen. Barack Obama’s abysmal record on abortion issues is reflected by his remark that he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” if they were to make a “mistake” as teenagers.
“He would want his own grandchild aborted. It shows a real callous disregard for human life,” said David Osteen, executive director of National Right to Life. “This is a window into his soul.”
The criticism follows continued scrutiny of Mr. Obama’s longtime relationship with a pastor known for racially incendiary sermons, as national polls show him in a neck-and-neck race with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said the candidate’s comment should not be interpreted as condoning abortions.
“What Senator Obama said and what he believes is clear: Children are ‘miracles,’ but we have a problem when so many children are having children,” he said.
“Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about values and morals to help make sure they are not treating sex casually. And while he understands the passions on both sides of this difficult issue, Senator Obama believes we can all agree that we should be taking steps to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and abortions in this country.”

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Vietnam Man Runs ‘Abortion Orphanage’

March 30, 2008