Made in China (a.k.a “seriously, you WANT to buy local”)

These are the people we’re sending jobs to, selling our debt to, and buying cheap goods from with which to undercut our own domestic market. This is the value they put on human life, health, and safety. Enjoy!

Chinese melamine scandal widens

The toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, state media has reported.

China On Alert For Milk Tainted With Leather Protein

BEIJING — China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps, state media said Friday.

Both of the substances – melamine and leather-hydrolyzed protein – are used in watered-down milk to make it appear to have normal amounts of protein.

Severe Penalties in China Clenbuterol Pork Scandal

A Chinese court doled out lengthy prison sentences this week, including a suspended death penalty, to five people involved in a clenbuterol-tainted pork scandal, the latest in a series of food safety scares in China.

Recycled cooking oil surfaces at tables

Collecting waste oil has become a lucrative industry in China since prices of edible oil surged between 2007 and 2008, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency on Saturday.

Glow in the Dark Pork for Dinner

According to Shanghai Daily, last year in February, a number of Changsha residents discovered that the pork they had purchased from supermarkets began to emit a blue glow at night.

After the media caught wind of things, the Changsha Food Safety Commission invited experts to weigh in on the investigation whom said that the “blue glow pork” was caused by secondary bacterial contamination.

New Food Scare: Some Cadmium With Your Rice?

In a recent study, researchers from the Nanjing Agricultural University found 10 to 60 percent of the rice sold in markets in six regions contained cadmium, a heavy metal associated with high blood pressure, fluid accumulation in the lungs and a potentially fatal softening of the bones.

In some samples, the cadmium level was found to be equal to five times of the legal maximum, the researchers said.

It’s a rare day when it takes another depressing report to somewhat counter a string of initial depressing reports, but check this one out…

World wastes 1 billion tons of food a year

Odds are good that a lot of that wasted food comes from China. Saving lives through wasteful living ftw!

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