- Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical.
- Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics.
- Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria.
- Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.
- Chinese cooking oil contaminated with high levels of aflatoxin.
- Cosmetics containing chemical toxins.
- Toothpaste with diethylene glycol.
- Melamine laced pet food.
- DMF (dimethyl fumarate) found in the leather sofas.
- Lead paint used in the manufacture of toys.
The list goes on and on. The above toxic products are imported in to North America from China. How many more dangerous products are coming in that we don't even know about?
In the US alone, there were 107 food imports and 1000’s of shipments of tainted Chinese dietary supplements, toxic cosmetics and counterfeit medications that the US Food and Drug Administration detained at U.S. ports recently. China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption for years yet only a small percentage of those imports are returned. It’s happening in Canada too! Chinese manufacturers are ignoring our safety standards. Regulators in the United States, Canada, and Europe have listed China as the most frequent violator of product-safety laws but we continue to allow these products in to Western markets and consumers are still buying them. Is it lack of awareness on the part of the consumer or is price the only factor?
It’s a serious problem! A friend of mine lost their beloved family pet in 2007 because dog food imported from China was contaminated with melamine. In fact, thousands of dogs and cats became ill and hundreds died from kidney failure. In 2008, more than 300,000 children became seriously ill from melamine poisoning and at least six infants died after consuming milk products imported from China.
How much more evidence do we need that this stuff is not the bargain it seems?
Chinese food safety regulators are trying to stem the problem but they’ve been completely overwhelmed by the widespread issue. Some perpetrators have been arrested but Chinese officials acknowledge they are far from solving the problem.
Why don’t our governments ban the importation of Chinese made products? Our governments know if we ban their goods, they’ll reciprocate by banning ours. So it’s up to the consumer to make it abundantly clear we are not interested in purchasing products that are substandard in quality and, even worse, poisonous!
Now that you’ve been warned, what are you going to do about it? My response is I absolutely refuse to buy products imported from China now matter how inexpensive they appear! I read the labels on the products I buy and I will pay for slightly more expensive North American goods because I have confidence in the quality of these items. In other words, I buy North American made products.
Until our government is willing to step up to the plate and ban all imports of suspected Chinese imports, it’s up to us as consumers to exert our voice by refusing to buy Chinese goods!