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China Quality Problems in the News

How do you feel about the Chinese melamine scandal that killed six Chinese infants, and sickened over 300,000 according to news reports? How do you feel about the Chinese melamine that killed and sickened pets in the US?

Does it bother you that the melamine problems are continuing, even into early 2010?

How do you feel about counterfeit Heparin (a medical blood thinner) linked to 19 deaths in the United States in 2008? The NY Times reported that the counterfeit ingredient was a form of chondroitin sulfate …that… “mimics heparin when altered to form what is called oversulfated chondroitin sulfate”. The article said US authorities “left little doubt” that the contamination was deliberate rather than accidental.

While the heparin was provided to hospitals in the US by a large, US-based company whose website describes it as “A leader in health care for more than 75 years “, the source of what they were selling was “crude heparin” from China. The Times article states that Chinese companies gather crude heparin from “unregulated family… workshops” that make it from pig intestines.

How do you feel about the interiors of homes in the U.S. crumbling due to Chinese Drywall?

How do you feel about this series of Pulitzer Prize winning articles?

A Toxic Pipeline: Coverage by Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker

Stories in this Pulitzer Prize-winning series have examined how dangerous and poisonous pharmaceutical ingredients from China have flowed into the global market. Reporting on four continents, Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker traced the illicit ingredients through traders and middlemen that formed a supply chain stretching from small factories in rural China to consumers around the world. The stories detailed the devastating, sometime deadly, human cost of this toxic pipeline.

Are those examples just the tip of the iceberg? In a 2007 NY Times article about exploding phones (perhaps due to counterfeit batteries), a Times writer addressed the broader problem:

  • But the (Chinese) government has announced the results of some of its inspections, and they are startling: nearly 20 percent of the nation's food and consumer products are substandard or tainted, the government said this week.

  • Food is laced with industrial chemicals, formaldehyde, industrial wax and dangerous coloring dyes; baby clothes are contaminated with dangerous chemicals, children's snack food is doused with excessive amounts of preservatives and old food waste is repackaged and sold as new.

For an even longer list of food safety incidents in recent years, see the Wikipedia article:


or just search within Wikipedia.org by entering these 3 words in the search box: China Food Safety