09 May '11, 2am

Fake Eggs and Contaminated Rice: Let the Consumer in China Beware

Fake Eggs and Contaminated Rice: Let the Consumer in China Beware

Americans all too often chafe at federal oversight of their lives. Reading about recent food-safety scandals in China, where there's fewer than one food inspector for every 10,000 people, reminds one of why consumer advocacy organizations and federal regulations thanks to agencies like the Food and Drug Administration are so important. Here's a few examples from a recent New York Times article: In recent weeks, China’s news media have reported sales of pork adulterated with the drug clenbuterol, which can cause heart palpitations; pork sold as beef after it was soaked in borax, a detergent additive; rice contaminated with cadmium, a heavy metal discharged by smelters; arsenic-laced soy sauce; popcorn and mushrooms treated with fluorescent bleach; bean sprouts tainted with an animal antibiotic; and wine diluted with sugared water and chemicals. Even eggs, seemingly sacrosan...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/real-food/blog/let-the-consum...

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