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Greed/Melamine in baby milk and pet food...

post #1 of 16
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This is personal.

Before it was recalled in the US....
my kitties Sadie and Dexter, suffered kidney damage from eating toxic pet food contaminated with Melamine.
We were among the lucky ones. After a year of intensive treatment,
their kidney function returned to within high normal ranges.

The US recently had a recall of illegally imported infant formula from China.
Apparently one manufacturer (maybe more) of powdered baby milk in China, added the plastic Melamine to enhance it's protein level, so they can sell it wholesale for more profit.
Hundreds of babies have been sickened or died from consuming this contaminated milk.
Of the babies who survive, many will have impaired kidney function for the rest of their lives.
http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/...0917notes.html

Our imported food is at risk for all kind of unspeakable horrors....
any one of us could, at any time, consume a contaminated food product that could irrevocably change our lives.

How, in this global market, can a country can protect it's food supply---
or are we doomed to continue living this food supply crap shoot?
post #2 of 16
I saw that this morning and its disgusting!

Heres a another link from SKY news

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...t_In_Hong_Kong
post #3 of 16
This is disgusting!

Is that China's answer to everything? Stick melamine in it, so we can sell more?

post #4 of 16
Imported food from many countries with the lousy almost non-existant inspections that the U.S. does is always going to be a dangerous proposition. Look at how many scares we have had about contaminated produce from Mexico. The last one showed the complete failure of safety systems in this country. First it was tomatoes from either Mexico or Florida. They spent how many weeks on that and how much money did tomato producers in Florida lose and it turned out to be peppers from Mexico. I know it isn't politically correct to say but third world countries, and on food safety China is still a third world country, do not have anything like our safety standards for food production. We can't even seem to get country of origin labels on all food which was supposed to have been done a long time ago.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I saw that this morning and its disgusting!

Heres a another link from SKY news

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...t_In_Hong_Kong
"Hong Kong has found the industrial chemical melamine in drinks, ice creams and yoghurt from a Chinese dairy involved in the deadly baby milk scandal."

I wonder how much of this stuff has seeped into the US food manufacturing chain?
post #6 of 16
Which is why I do not eat processed food.
If you buy fresh local food you are safer from this stuff. It is unconscionable for China to do this but seriously are you really surprised? After the petfood thing?
Don't expect much to change as long as we are indebted to China. We will continue to import their products.
post #7 of 16
I really try to avoid anything imported anymore. We have a great asian market with lots of unusual fruits and veggies from ?? and I don't shop there anymore. I just don't trust it, not to say our produce can't get contaminated. As far as packaged foods, I try use US companies, shop a lot at Trader Joes. I always read the labels.
post #8 of 16
that is so horrible and little babies have already died from it from what I read.
post #9 of 16
Things are getting so bad and crazy among grocery items. Read The Omnivores Delima (or In Defense Of Food) and you will be amazed at how bad it really might be. I still buy grocerys at the supermarket, but am thinking of finding a local farm to get vegis from.
post #10 of 16
It was never going to stop witht he pet food. But however hard you try, labels can be so misleading. Here it can state 'Fabrique en France' (made in France) or 'Transforme en France (assembled in France), which gives no clue tot he country of origin. And buying fresh local products is good as far as it goes, but we all still need flour, sugar, cereals etc and those are the dangerous ones.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
It was never going to stop witht he pet food. But however hard you try, labels can be so misleading. Here it can state 'Fabrique en France' (made in France) or 'Transforme en France (assembled in France), which gives no clue tot he country of origin. And buying fresh local products is good as far as it goes, but we all still need flour, sugar, cereals etc and those are the dangerous ones.
We can get all of those things local too. I, personally, would skip the food where the origin is iffy.
post #12 of 16
Food for thought: The Swill Is Gone
post #13 of 16
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Food for thought: The Swill Is Gone
Fascinating Tricia.
I have never heard of New York's “swill milk” scandal.
Please everyone....read this enlightening article.
post #14 of 16
OMG Lard made from sewage!!!!
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by CC12 View Post
OMG Lard made from sewage!!!!
Yum...give me some of that melamine and swill milk.
Scary stuff.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Food for thought: The Swill Is Gone
It reminds me of the classic book "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair...in it there are mentions of the poor workers having to feed their babies this blue milk.
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