Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Monday, February 09, 2009

PostHeaderIcon In China, They’d Be Executed

The same week Peanut Corp. of America backdated its recall of products to January 2007 and the FDA announced numerous apparent violations at the Blakely, Ga., manufacturing facility, the Chinese government sentenced to death three people convicted of intentionally adulterating milk products with melamine last year.

They have now shut down a second plant of theirs in Texas.

18 months earlier, China executed the head of its food and drug safety agency for taking bribes. His lack of oversight eventually lead to the sickening of thousands of children and hundreds of deaths.

When Melamine killed pets in the US, it was on CNN nightly for almost 3 weeks straight, until the death of Anna Nicole changed the media focus. Where is the out rage in the actions of Peanut Corp? Where are the protests? The letters to the FDA? Where is the outrage?

The failure of the FDA in both the pet food recall and the current peanut butter recall should lead consumers to action and the FDA to being reorganized. Unfortunately, consumers are quite content to ignore again what is in their food.


Tre Lawrence said...

I like the perspective.

JustJen said...

our company was in the middle of the melamine recall when it was found in dog food. There is now a ZERO tolerance for it in pet food. In the fall of 2008, it was found in baby formula. Then FDA then allowed a small amount stating it wouldn't have ill-effects.

It's obvious that the FDA responded to the groups who yelled the loudest (for example PETA)... not what was in the best interest of the public.

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