China has 1.3 billion people. The country now looks outward rather than inward as in the past, and
has titanic effects on the smaller countries in the world… in other
words all other countries.
I grew up with an admiration for
Chinese culture, and still have it. The saga of Tiananmen Square,
forced abortions, government confiscation of farmland, bureaucratic
corruption certainly tainted my views. Now we see the fraud and
corruption exported to U.S. shores. China has dominated the news
since the melamine-in-the-pet-food incident that began in February.
may be risky to say, but there is an absurdity that past people
poisonings did not prompt this outcry. Owners of poisoned pets
did. I like my dogs (I have two collies), but I just "like" them. God help you if you mess with my
The Pet Connection
website, heretofore existing in anonymity among non-pet lovers, has
become a focal point for China. The site promotes "pet gear" like
However odd, we now have a torrent of factual revelations from
Chinese international commerce. It is plain, old fashioned
fraud… dangerous fraud. Fraud is "intentional deception
resulting in injury to another person." Here is a sample of the fraud.
1. 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, under brand names Excel and Mr. Cool,
contained the antifreeze component diethylene glycol. The
toothpaste slipped ino to Panama without health certificates, and was
mixed, upon import, with products intended for animal consumption.
2. 46 barrels of syrup
in Panama was mixed into 260,000 bottles of cold medicine. The
syrup contained diethylene glycol, which apparently is as popular as
melamine in China – buy it cheap and mix it with whatever you like, and
sell it. The syrup was mis- labeled as 99.5% pure glycerin.
Glycerin does not kill you. Diethylene glycol does – 100 people
in Panama died from it. Chinese have mixed so-called low levels
of diethylene glycol into Chinese toothpaste, commonly, for
years. According to a Wall Street Journal (no link because
subscription needed) article today. Just like the "common
practice" of adding melamine to gluten.
4. Chinese honey tainted with harmful antibiotics was found by FDA.
5. Chinese candy was tainted with sulfites that can cause fatal allergic reactions.
6. Chinese infant formula, sold in China, was missing vital nutrients, leaving a dozen babies dead in 2004.
7. Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical.
8. Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics.
9. Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria
10. Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.
11. Juices and fruits rejected by FDA as "fithy."
12. Prunes tinted with chemical dyes not approved for human consumption.
13. Frozen breaded shrimp preserved with nitrofuran, an antibacterial that can cause cancer.
14. Swordfish rejected by FDA as poisonous.
15. Prohibited imports of Chinese poultry products enclosed in crates mislabeled "dried lily flower," "prune slices" and "vegetables"
And of course, melamine and cyanuric acid in rice, wheat and corn gluten from China.
only folks defending China these days are the Wall Street Journal
editorial board – a certifiably insane group of insular New York types
- and the United States Department of Agriculture – another certifiably
insane group of insular Washington, DC types that is now working to
speed the approval of poultry imports from China.