Today's headline about people smuggling "tainted" honey from China into the US reminded me of my second ever post on OS last November (which I reposted at the bottom of this report)
"In 2001 and 2002, Chinese bee colonies were hit by a tsunami of disease that quickly destroyed much of the country's honey production. The Chinese beekeepers turned to an animal antibiotic produced in India -- chloramphenicol -- to treat the illnesses ravaging their beehives. The antibiotic soon began showing up in honey shipped to the U.S. and Canada.
The Food and Drug Administration bans all animal medication from food products sold in this country and has issued alerts three times about the antibiotics found in Chinese honey. The last came in 2007, when Florida food detectives found two other antibiotics -- iprofloxacin and Enrofloxacin -- in honey and blended honey syrup from China. "
Recycled Chinese Chicken: Politics or Poison?
All hail, China. Obama has lifted the 2004 ban on importing chicken from China : Despite the fact that just last year tens of thousands of chickens had to be exterminated because of the same avian flu that caused the 2004 ban in the first place. Damn near at the same time over 300,000 Chinese children died from melamine-tainted powdered milk. Melamine was also found in chicken feed...ergo, in the chickens as well. It's by the grace of God, neither of my two dogs died in 2007 from the melamine poison that was found in "Made in China" dog food.
According to an article on WalletPop,"only processed chicken products, not the whole chicken, would be imported." Now, there's a comforting thought. Which parts? Legs? Thighs? Breasts? Does dissecting a chicken somehow rid it of any infectious bacteria or poisonous by products? I refuse to buy my canines anything that is manufactured in China. The Chinese government barely batted an eye when over half a million children died. Now our government is opening a door you just know most of the fast food chains are going to hustle through.
Poultry doesn't have to be labeled. Americans are most likely going to end up eating Chinese chicken products whether they like it or not. Speaking of which, did you know that most apple juice sold in America is made from a powdered concentrate of inedible apples grown in China? That's so McDonald's for you (apple juice, toys, and soon McChinaChicken?). I'm so glad my son has outgrown the McD's syndrome.
China filed a World Trade Org complaint that we were "singling them out" when we banned just one of the streams of poisonous products they were inundating our market with. God forbid anyone gets "globally incorrect" and protests any of this. Just shut the flock up and eat your chicken.