Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More bad Chinese food products

Oh come on! This is like a bad dream. . . or a bad plot to a Hollywood movie.
You'd have to be crazy to feed your family Chinese food products!
People should be protesting in the streets that the gov't hasn't shut off the flow of Chinese food products into the country.

Lipton-brand milk tea powder recalled in Asia

By DIKKY SINN

Associated Press Writer

HONG KONG (AP) -- Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever is recalling its Lipton-brand milk tea powder in Hong Kong and Macau after they were found to contain traces of a banned industrial chemical, the company said Tuesday.

The recall of four batches of Lipton's 3-in-1 milk tea powder came after the company's internal quality check found melamine, used to make plastics and fertilizers, in the products, Unilever Hong Kong Ltd. said in a statement.

The contaminated products used Chinese-made milk powder as raw material, said marketing director Sharon Hwang for Unilever Hong Kong. She declined to reveal which brand the company had used.

Dozens of Chinese-made food products have been found to contain melamine, killing four babies and sickening more than 50,000 in mainland China. According to the state-run China News Service, 27 people have been arrested so far in connection with the scandal.

The chemical was first detected in infant formula but has now been detected in dairy and other food products.

Chinese suppliers trying to boost output are believed to have diluted their milk, adding melamine because its nitrogen content can fool tests aimed at verifying protein content.

5 comments:

rainywalker said...

Cadbury has recalled several candy products in South East Asia because of the milk powder. Nothing here in the US yet.

arrozconpollo said...

Deregulation and stacking regulatory agencies with business types who are opposed to regulation is one cause of this.

The other is the destruction of tariff based trade, something that worked well for us for 200+ years. When there's no tariff for foreign goods, American workers can't compete with $1/day labor in China and the 3rd world. So industry gets shipped overseas and "free" trade organizations like the WTO force strong environmental/labor/safety laws to be overridden.

MacDaddy said...

arrozconpollo: You are so right. The trick of the Bush administration has been put anti-regulation people at the head of these agencies, making sure not much gets inspected. You can't make this shit up.

crystal dawn said...

No you can't. I almost think the lax regulation, hiring your frat brother to run an agency, etc. is done on purpose in order to "prove" that government doesn't work, therefore make a case to not have govt.

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