It looks as if a good lesson to live by is this: If a foreign country doesn’t give a rip about the rights or lives of its own citizens, chances are they don’t care too much your health.
In April, the FDA refused almost twice as much food from China because it was contaminated in some form or another than from both Mexico and Canada combined.
While Americans are still recovering from a scandal over poison pet foods imported from China, FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.
Refused by the FDA in April because they were “filthy”:
Salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil, dried apple, dried peach, dried pear, dried round bean curd, dried mushroom, olives, frozen bay scallops, frozen Pacific cod, sardines, frozen seafood mix, fermented bean curd,
Among the foods rejected because they were contaminated with pesticides:
Frozen eel, ginseng, frozen red raspberry crumble, and mushrooms. Frozen catfish was stopped because it was laced with banned antibiotics. Scallops and sardines were turned away because they were coated with putrefying bacteria.
There goes dinner.
Oh, by the way, if your box of prune slices squawks, don’t open it:
China has also attempted to export hundreds of thousands of pounds of chickens and poultry products to the U.S., even though it is not yet certified to do so. Chinese exporters disguise the meat by labeling crates “dried lily flower” or “prune slices” or “vegetables.”
Despite the deliberate deception, the U.S. government is about to certify the Chinese to export poultry legally.
Hardly surprising. For now, I think I’ll be avoiding Chinese food, except the kind of Chinese food that’s strictly American!