Unsafe Products Being Exported from China

Unsafe Products Being Exported from China

U.S. officials have asked China to monitor all exports being sent into the country as the list of potentially unsafe products continues to grow.

The Chinese have been asked to register with the U.S. government to provide Americans with a greater assurance that the products they are buying are safe for consumption.

Exporting Problems

Trade issues with China began last March when imported pet food was spiked with the industrial chemical melamine. The Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of pet food after several deaths of pets were reported in North America.

In April of this year, China was reported as the number one country stopped at the border by the FDA due to findings of filthy mushrooms, drug-laced frozen eel and juice made with harmful color additives.

“Obviously, there’s a problem in China. It keeps getting bigger and we keep seeing more problems in different realms,” explains Chris Waldrop of the Consumer Federation of America.

Some toothpaste and fish coming from China have also been identified as unsafe products. The FDA stopped all imports of toothpaste imported from China to test for diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze and brake fluid that has been found in toothpaste exported to Australia, the Dominican Republic and Panama.

The FDA has also warned consumers not to buy monkfish because of speculation that it could actually be the poisonous fish known as the pufferfish. Monkfish has already been distributed in Illinois, California, and Hawaii and has been the cause of severe illnesses in two Chicago residents.

High Risk

“This is becoming a day-by-day event. We got poisonous pufferfish as just yet another example. And they’re investigating toxic toothpaste imported from China. This is truly out of control,” states Rep. Rosa DeLauro, chairwoman of the House of Appropriation’s agriculture subcommittee.

On Thursday, FDA commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach assured consumers, “This is one area where we have an ongoing opportunity for continuous improvement and that’s what we are going to pursue.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, who has been actively working on the case, states, “When it comes to food: ‘Made in China’ is now a warning label in the United States.”

(Source: http://www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=106&sid=1149695)

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