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  • 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!

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  • Absolutely Andrea! Please feel free to re-print the article on your blog site. People need to know exactly what they’re buying. What’s your blog address? I’d like to subscribe and follow it.

    Karyn Climans on
  • May I borrow this the Grab A Scab Blog?
    I agree with you 100%. We see a lower sticker price and we buy. The fact that the quality of a lot of these items is poor makes them disposable even when they are not designed to be. I am fed up with cheap toys that break as soon as my kids try them out. When we purchase cheap products we need to stop and factor in the global environmental toll of shipping the materials around the world, the toll on humanity of supporting sub North-American standard working conditions and the local environment toll on our landfills. We need to train ourselves to shop for VALUE not just for cost- then we need to teach this to our children.

    Andrea Winarski on
  • It’s hard but not impossible to buy strictly North American goods. Over time, if consumers refuse to buy Chinese goods, stores will switch to more locally made products.Thanks for posting a comment!

    Karyn Climans on
  • It is so hard to not buy foreign made products when EVERYTHING is made there. It is such a shame that we have to outsource the making of goods just because it’s cheaper…create jobs HERE!!!

    Kimberly on
  • I’ll definitely check out your AllAmericanBaby web site, Jennifer!

    Karyn Climans on

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