“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
It is difficult to buy anything that is not made in China today, because the U.S. imports more than half of its consumer goods from that one country. Other country such as Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Guatemala and Mexico and a few more split the rest of pie.Whether you buy discount, store, designer or” American” brand , China makes it for us, everything from clothing, accessories, household electronics, government computer components and software, weapons , hardware, building materials, toys, toiletries, pharmaceuticals and food staples like dairy and meat. Even puppies bought online have been shipped from China, most of them very sick, many dead (from dehydration and lack of air) on arrival.
The flood of consumer goods from China has nearly tripled since 1997, and the number of recalls has grown proportionately. The Food and Drug Administration is deluged by this flood. The FDA inspects just 0.7 percent of imports. David Acheson, an assistant commissioner for food protection at the FDA, says it logistically impossible to test all imports from China. “It’s got to be based on risk,” and the Chinese knowing gladly take the risk of losing a tiny percentage at inspection.
FDA inspectors report tainted food imports from China are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs and for the products that made it to market, there has been after the fact inspections (sickness or death) recalls on pet food (after the critical illness and death of hundreds dogs), produce, infant formula, toothpaste, score of poisonous non food articles such as children and pet toys, pharmaceuticals, drywall, etc…
A widely used chemical in animal feed and some human foods in China, melamine disingenuously gives food products the appearance of high protein levels, allowing watered-down dairy products, for example, to pass quality tests. In September of 2008, Canadian food inspectors issued a recall on cookies when they were identified as containing unsafe levels of melamine. But the , FDA was reluctant to make a similar stand even as pressure from the public and the media was mounting — and the cookies continued to sell in grocery stores across the country. When it was revealed last year that Chinese-made baby formula laced with melamine was causing infant deaths, nine countries, including Canada and Australia, temporarily banned imports of Chinese dairy products, sending a clear message to China that its food safety problems will not be tolerated. Consumer groups in the U.S. unsuccessfully called on lawmakers to take similar measure.
The Chinese government has responded with reluctance and resistance to the safety problems and issued a public statement to this effect, stating, “as a developing country, China’s current food and drug safety situation is not very satisfactory because supervision of food and drug safety started late, its foundation is weak so the supervision of food and drug safety is not easy.”
Why are we trading with them on such huge levels as to endanger our children, our pets,our economy, our values?
Additionally, FDA found that imported fruits and vegetables are likely to have illegal levels of pesticide residues heavy metals and other contaminants. Water, soil, and air are dangerously polluted in many rural areas as a result of heavy industrialization and lax environmental regulation. Shawn Dell Joyce wrote “Recently, China surpassed the United States as the world’s top polluter. China has no real environmental safeguards in place to protect drinking water from contaminants, no labor laws to keep children out of sweatshops, and no legal ethics to keep entrepreneurs from producing dangerous products. The FDA and USDA again and again fail to protect Americans, fail to protect animals, fail to do the right thing and seem to take advice only from lobbyists and orders from powerful American Corporations with business interests in China. For example, in March of last year, China complained to the WTO about the United States ban on the importation of Chinese poultry, a measure the U.S. took on the grounds that Chinese poultry is produced in an unsafe manner, notwithstanding the fact that China has zero animal protection laws. China has claimed that the ban “violates the basic rules of the WTO,” and the country continues to use its leverage under the trade agreement to compel the U.S. to reconsider the ban.