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BEIJING (Reuters) - China, accused in Japan of producing tainted frozen beans and dodgy dumplings, now says it has found toxic chemicals used in paint in Japanese mustard and soy sauce.
China has been swept by a series of food- and product-safety scandals in recent months involving goods as diverse as toys, tyres, toothpaste, pet food, fish and baby cribs and is fighting a scare over melamine found in milk and other products.
Originally posted by jpm1602
It truly is a sad state of affairs. In Japan the CEO would probably commit Hari Kari out of shame.
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The sauces were produced by three Japanese factories, Xinhua said without revealing the names of the producers. The watchdog ordered Chinese companies to test similar products and take them off the shelves, the report said. . . .
Originally posted by space cadet
reply to post by affeyee
You know what, if it says made in Chine, just don't do it. Then again speaking those words make one wonder if the ultimate global goal isn't to shun China's products period, and get people back to purchasing items in their own respective countries. Hmmm.
In China, ANYTHING made with Chinese-manufactured milk powder before September 14th was PULLED from their store shelves. In the US, this garbage is still being sold! Foods at risk: ANY food manufactured in China and potentially any food containing milk powder. US food manufacturers imported millions of pounds of milk powder from China before September 14th. The FDA continues to allow to be sold. This includes chocolate, cookies, cakes, and even things like packaged macaroni and cheese.
Originally posted by Kailassa
Originally posted by space cadet
reply to post by affeyee
This imported milk powder is not being sold as Chinese powdered milk, it's being used in the manufacture of baked goods and confectionery, and there is no way for the consumer to know they are eating contaminated goods.
well, like i mentioned in the other thread, the problem with chinese powdered milk is only confined to China as far as we know, in this case the babies in China is the unfortunate victims of this whole scandal..but within these 7 months, china might have produces millions of tonnes of raw ingredient for dairy products such as raising agents for biscuits, breads and many more.. now these raw ingredient might have found their way into products from other countries..and these are the hardest to track in my opinion..
Burundi imports milk products from two suspect Chinese companies and the government has set up a commission to investigate how much tainted product could remain on store shelves, officials said.
In issuing its recall of milk products, Singapore had already suspended the import and sale of milk and dairy products from China on Friday, after it said it has found traces of melamine in three.
In Bangladesh, three Chinese powdered milk brands -- Sanlu, Suncare and Yashili -- have been taken off shelves and all milk powder imports at Bangladeshi ports will be inspected. Bangladeshi TV showed the country's Rapid Action Battalion climbing over a fence to raid a storage facility believed to contain tainted milk.
In Malaysia, Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai announced that import of Chinese milk products had been stopped. In addition to banning imports, thousands of tons of tainted milk powder have been recalled.
In the Philippines Monday, the country's Bureau of Food and Drugs banned the distribution and selling of two brands of imported Chinese milk that could possibly be tainted, the Philippines News Agency reported.
In Hong Kong, concerned parents have swamped hospitals. A 3-year-old Hong Kong girl was reported this weekend as the first case outside of mainland China. The girl was treated for kidney stones at Princess Margaret Hospital and released, Hong Kong's government Web site reported. Her condition is being monitored.
As a result, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, last month decided to track down 2008 imports of milk-derived ingredients to test for melamine contamination. But the agency only found a few records of interest - two small shipments of casein, totalling 125 kilograms. And by the time the agency found the importers, it was too late to test for adulteration.
CFIA and Statistics Canada officials cannot explain the discrepancy between the amount StatsCan says was imported - two shipments of 18,000 kilograms each in February and April and a 52-kilogram shipment in June - and the much smaller 125-kilogram shipments CFIA records show. As a result, CFIA did not track down the bulk of the recorded imports for testing.
CFIA suggested the remaining shipments could have been in transit - en route to the United States - meaning there would be no product in Canada. But Statistics Canada holds a different position - it said Monday the shipments reported as imports were not trans-shipments or "pit stops" on the way to the U.S.
Casein, often listed as sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate or milk protein, is found in energy bars and drinks as well as packaged goods. Whey protein is a popular supplement for athletes.
Meanwhile, 907,000 kilograms of casein and other powdered milk proteins worth $38.8 million US were imported to the United States from China from January to July.
Dessert cakes in Japan, strawberry-flavoured milk in Singapore, iced coffee in Germany, Cadbury chocolates in the United Kingdom, White Rabbit-brand candy in the United States and thousands of other consumer foods have been found to be contaminated with melamine.
Late last month, Chinese feed industry players made it clear that not only was melamine always used in livestock and aquaculture feed, it never stopped being used.
Since melamine has no protein value, the melamine-fed animal’s meat has less protein than normal. To cover up that meat (or milk’s) lack of protein, even more melamine must then be added to the meat during processing!
The melamine-contamination chain is now very clear: Protein-poor, melamine-contaminated feed leads to protein-poor meat, which is then made to look as if it contains sufficient protein.
Hence, using melamine at the feed end of the livestock chain leads to the inevitable addition of melamine into the final processed chicken, fish, milk, beef or pork.
Potentially toxic Chinese ingredients not inspected before use in U.S.
Food labeled as made in the U.S.A. could contain tainted ingredients from China. Amid recent concerns over the safety of food products from China, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has stepped up efforts to increase screening imports. The screening applies only to food products, and not to raw ingredients.
“That [screening] doesn’t cover the ingredients—ingredients are exempt,” says Henri Morris, President and CEO of Edible Software. “A lot of stuff is falling through the cracks.” Morris's company supplies inventory control and management accounting software to wholesale food distributors.
According to the FDA’s Country of Origin rule, “a statement of the country of origin on the labeling of imported foods is not required by the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act”. The regulation is required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Under FDA rules, when further reprocessing occurs or material is added to the imported product, it results as a “substantial transformation” of the product. The country of origin can then be changed on the product. According to Morris, this means that ingredients such as milk powder, whey powder, milk concentrate and other items from China could be put into products that could then be labeled as “made in the U.S.A.” He adds that the current system offers little protection for consumers.
After melamine-tainted milk sickened thousands of Chinese children, the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was meant to calm American consumers. The nation may well import vast amounts of food and food ingredients from China, but don't worry. According to the FDA, a little melamine (2.5 parts per million) isn't harmful in most foods.
Sorry, but that's far from reassuring. Melamine, which triggered the pet food recalls about a year ago, is an ingredient used in plastics manufacturing. It's added to food products to falsely boost protein levels and mask food adulteration: in this case, watering down milk. The FDA essentially said there's an acceptable level for a contaminant (excluding baby formula) that is intentionally and illegally added to food.