Tainted Products from China

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Posted at Sep 23 2008 02:06 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2008 11:09 PM

Milk products are not the first items from China which raised health concerns in different parts of the world. Here’s a list of other controversial products from the Middle Kingdom:

Pet Food

Melamine, the ingredient which prompted countries worldwide to order the recall of diary products from China, was first found in pet foods sold in the United States.

In 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recorded 14 cases of animal deaths in America which have been “likely caused” by their consumption of melamine-contaminated wheat gluten, a component of the pet foods. The wheat gluten was imported from China.

Companies from Menu Foods to Del Monte recalled their pet foods in South Africa, North America and Europe following cases of related animal illnesses and deaths.

Candy

In the aftermath of China’s milk contamination, the Agri—Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), Singapore’s processed and primary food inspectorate, recently discovered that "White Rabbit Creamy Candy," again manufactured in China, also contains melamine.

White Rabbit is the third dairy confectionary from China which showed melamine content in AVA’s laboratory tests. "Yili Brand," a fruit bar yogurt and "Dutch Lady," a strawberry-flavored milk have been earlier taken out of stores after they have been found to contain melamine.

In 2007, the Philippine health department's Bureau of Food and Drug also found that White Rabbit and three other food products from China were contained the poisonous chemical substance formaldehyde, commercially known as formalin or formol.

Seafood

Seafood from China was also banned in the United States after food inspectors discovered cancer-causing substances in the fish and shrimp that they export. One of the chemicals found is malachite green, which is believed to cause liver tumor.

Toothpaste

In June 2007, the FDA flashed the red light against the purchase and use of toothpaste made in China after they have been found to contain, at a high of 3 to 4 percent, a solvent called diethylene glycol (DEG). (See: US FDA site on Imported Toothpaste)

While no infections or illnesses were recorded to have been caused by Chinese-made toothpaste, the U.S. FDA discouraged the use of the product.

DEG has been considered a controlled substance in the United States for decades following events in 1937 where 107 people died after they took the drug Elixir Sulfanilamide, which has been found to contain the solvent.  

Toys

Also in 2007, toy companies led by magnate Mattel recalled more than 10 million children’s products made in China – from trains to SpongeBob Squarepants notebooks – for having excessive levels of lead paint.

Exposure to high levels of lead could cause anemia, kidney abnormalities and brain damage. 

Prior to this, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, America’s national authority on product safety, ordered the removal of China-manufactured children’s jewelry from the shelves of American shops because the said accessories also contained lead.

Eye products

The FDA also found in 2007 that eight brands of kohl or eye shadow from China have lead.

On the other hand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a public health agency, discovered bacterial parasites in the contact lens solutions shipped from China. CDC reported that around 21 users of certain China-made contact lens solutions complained of having eye conditions.    

Sources:
 
https://www.worldnetdaily.com, https://www.taipeitimes.com, https://www.cpsc.gov, https://static.uspirg.org/consumer, www.cnn.com