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

November 1, 2008

China has pledged to tighten supervision of the animal feed industry, state media said Saturday, amid signs a toxic chemical found in milk and eggs was being mixed into livestock feed.

“The ministry will tighten its supervision of the feed industry and crack down on producers who add melamine to their products,” the China Daily quoted Wang Zhicai, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s livestock division as saying.

From AFP

Melamine, an industrial chemical normally used to make plastic, was first found to have been added to milk in China, leading to the death of four infants and sickening at least 53,000 other people.

The chemical — which can lead to severe kidney problems if ingested in large amounts — was then discovered in Chinese eggs, leading to concerns the chemical was much more prevalent in China’s food chain than initially believed.

A market in Xiamen. China has pledged to tighten supervision ... 
A market in Xiamen. China has pledged to tighten supervision of the animal feed industry, state media said Saturday, amid signs a toxic chemical found in milk and eggs was being mixed into livestock feed(AFP/File/Mark Ralston)

Wang acknowledged that the ministry issued a regulation in June last year banning the addition of melamine into livestock feed, according to a transcript of the interview on its website.

“Anyone who adds melamine into feed is acting against the law, we must resolutely combat this,” Wang said.

The ministry also introduced a “rigid” standard to test the level of melamine in feed, Wang said, following a scandal over contaminated feed exported to the United States that killed hundreds of pets there.

Despite this, experts have indicated melamine could still be being mixed into animal feed to make it appear higher in protein, and concerns are mounting that the practice is widespread.

In an editorial published on Friday, the China Daily said it was unclear whether melamine had found its way into other types of food.

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Poison in Feed Not A New Problem in China
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China’s communist state media is trying to paint the poisoned animal feed problem as a dilemma just uncovered within the last 60-90 days.   Sadly, some respected Westen media including the BBC have swallowed and spread this line of lies.

 

I saw the improper mixing and use of animal feed in China years ago.  Chinese farmers were just trying to lessen the cost of feeding chickens and cattle.  And agricultural suppliers of all kinds in China work feverishly to sell “cheeper, better” feeds, insecticides and fertilizers.

Beijing’s government has little or no control over the millions of small manufacturers and farmers in the vast countryside of this rural nation of 1.3 billion people.  Until this last summer’s Olympics, Beijing had never even had food sanitation and safety standards written much less enforced for restaurants — a very basic of health taken for granted in the West.

On October 31, 2008, 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.” 

Apparently the BBC took no note of the New York Times report a year ago last April (2007) that melamine was widely used in food products in China — and probably had been for years.  The Times called the use a melamine an “open secret” in China.
Here’s the report on melamine in China’s food supply from The New York Times from April 2007:
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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.
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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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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.

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Reporters Without Borders calls for Olympic ceremony boycott over Hu Jia

April 5, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it was “appalled” by the jailing of Chinese rights activist Hu Jia () and called for a boycott of the opening of the Beijing Olympics in August.

The group said the three-and-a-half-year jail term for Hu, announced Thursday at a Beijing court, should also trigger a European Union decision to freeze its rights dialogue with China.

“Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the sentence,” the group said in a statement late Thursday.

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A prototype of a protest badge that French athletes will wear during the 2008 Beijing Olympics is seen during a news conference in Paris April 4, 2008. French athletes are planning to wear a distinctive sign showing their concern about human rights during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in August. The sign reads “For a better world” REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE)

“The Chinese justice system has, at the behest of the authorities, thrown oil on the flames just four months ahead of the Olympic Games.”

It called Hu “a figurehead of the peaceful struggle to improve respect for human rights in China,” adding “the list of Olympic Games prisoners is getting longer while the International Olympic Committee remains desperately silent.”

“In a sign of protest, we urge the European governments to immediately freeze the constructive dialogue on human rights that has been conducted with China for the past few years,” it said.

“And we urge heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families to boycott the 8 August opening ceremony of the Beijing Games.”

Hu, 34, was found guilty of “incitement to subvert state power”, a charge that according to his lawyer was linked to posting articles on the Internet about human rights issues and speaking with foreign reporters.

China offers its own version of protests

March 23, 2008
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press Writer Sat Mar 22, 7:09 PM ET

CHENGDU, China – With restive Tibetan areas swarming with troops and closed to scrutiny from the outside world, China’s government turned up efforts Saturday to put its own version of the unrest before the international public.

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Paramilitary police march in a street in Zhongdian, in a Tibetan area known as Shangri-La, in China’s southwest Yunnan province Saturday March 22, 2008. Thousands of troops have moved into Tibetan areas of western China following last week’s anti-government riots in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa.(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Information barely trickled out of the Tibetan capital Lhasa and other far-flung Tibetan communities, where foreign media were banned and thousands of troops dispatched to quell the most widespread demonstrations against Chinese rule in nearly five decades.

The Chinese government was attempting to fill the vacuum with its own message. It disseminated footage of Tibetan protesters attacking Chinese and accusations of biased reporting by Western media via TV, the Internet, e-mail and YouTube, which is blocked in China. The communist government’s leading newspaper called to “resolutely crush” the Tibetan demonstrations.

The media barrage underscored that the government campaign is moving into a new phase of damage control ahead of the much-anticipated Beijing Olympics in August.

While China’s rigorous policing of the Internet is far from foolproof, its official Internet is pervasive and there is no easy access to an alternative in the country. The difficulty of confirming what is going on inside Tibet may also be hindering a stronger world reaction.

“They’ve successfully managed the messages available to the average Chinese citizen, and this has fueled broad public support for a heavy-handed approach to controlling unrest,” said David Bandurski, a Hong Kong University expert on Chinese media. “There will be no nuances to Tibet coverage.”

CNN’s bureau in Beijing has been deluged in recent days by a barrage of harassing phone calls and faxes that accuse the organization of unfair coverage. An e-mail to United Nations-based reporters purportedly from China’s U.N. mission sent an Internet link to a 15-minute state television program showing Tibetans attacking Chinese in Lhasa.

A slideshow posted on YouTube accused CNN, Germany‘s Der Spiegel and other media of cropping pictures to show Chinese military while screening out Tibetan rioters or putting pictures of Indian and Nepalese police wrestling Tibetan protesters with captions about China’s crackdown.

Though of uncertain origin, the piece at least had official blessing, with excerpts appearing on the official English-language China Daily and on state TV.

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China urges West to do more on Darfur

February 20, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s special envoy on Darfur has urged the West to do more to promote a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the African region, state media reported Wednesday.
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Demonstrators gather outside of the Chinese Embassy in London, on February 12, calling on China to intervene in the Darfur crisis before the Olympic Games in Beijing. China’s special envoy on Darfur has urged the West to do more to promote a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the African region, state media reported Wednesday.
(AFP/File/Ben Stansall)

Liu Guijin, who will begin a six-day tour of Britain and Sudan on Thursday, made the remark in an interview with the China Daily, following growing criticism of China’s alleged failure to pull its weight on the Darfur issue.

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China warns worst not over in weather crisis

February 2, 2008

GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) – China warned Saturday the worst was not over in its national weather crisis as desperate holiday travellers jammed transport hubs and others endured bitter winter storms without power or water.
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Passengers walk past a row of Chinese soldiers near the railway station, in China’s southern city of Guangzhou, on February 2. China warned the worst was not over in its national weather crisis as desperate crowds trying to get home jammed transport hubs and others braved the frigid cold without power or water.
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Bracing for still more foul weather and an accelerating travel rush, China has doubled the number of troops and paramilitary forces aiding winter storm relief efforts to more than a million, state media reported.

The worst winter in decades has caused massive transport bottlenecks and power outages across wide areas in the lead-up to next week’s Lunar New Year, China’s biggest annual holiday.

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China child mortality still a worry: state media

January 26, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – Child mortality among China‘s rural poor and its millions of migrants remains high despite overall improvements, state media quoted the World Health Organisation as saying Friday.

The mortality rates are “still alarmingly and unacceptably high in rural areas and among migrant populations,” Hans Anders Troedsson, the WHO’s China representative was quoted as saying by the China Daily.

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China To Airlines: Get Better By Olympics Or Else

January 12, 2008

BEIJING (AP) — China ordered domestic airlines to reduce delays and improve service for the Beijing Olympics in August or face penalties.

Airlines that fail to improve performance could be barred from expanding services for two years, among other penalties introduced by aviation regulators at a meeting Friday, the state-run China Daily reported Saturday.

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China’s Central Communist Government Even Regulating Pastry Shape?

January 7, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – Thousands of Chinese snack vendors are happily digesting news that China‘s ubiquitous steamed bun, or “mantou,” does not have to be perfectly round.

China’s quality watch-dog denied that standards recommending a “perfect shape” for mantou held the force of law.

“There are no specific regulations on the shape of wheat-flour mantou in the standard,” the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its Web site.

“The episode offers something for the authorities to chew on — if the public was properly informed … such a situation may not have occurred at all,” an editorial in the China Daily said on Monday.

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China and India in First Ever War Games

December 21, 2007

China and India began a weeklong joint military exercise in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province. The drills, which involve about 100 soldiers from each side, are intended at strengthening cooperation on anti-terrorism, according to China Daily. China and India fought a brief border war in 1962 and have been unable to resolve a related territorial dispute through negotiations.

China’s regions ignoring Beijing on environment goals

July 23, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – Local governments in China are continuing to invest in dirty, resource-intense industries, jeopardising Beijing’s goals of saving energy and cutting pollution, state media reported Monday.

Some regions are encouraging steel, cement and other heavy industries to boost economic growth despite demands from Beijing to rein in those sectors, the China Daily newspaper said, quoting a top development official.

“The central government is committed to achieving the (green) targets but ….

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