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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Health - More Contamination Scare From China

Holy shit. This is starting to drive me crazy. What new contaminated substance lies waiting around the corner?

The CDC has called for consumers to stop using a contact lens solution manufactured by AMO.
The warning was announced after an ongoing government investigation found a potential association between use of the contact lens solution and an increased risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Acanthamoeba keratitis is a painful eye infection that can cause permanent vision loss or blindness. The CDC estimated 85 percent of U.S. cases of the disease occur in contact lens users. The solution of concern is manufactured by the Advanced Medical Optics Inc. based out of Santa Ana, California.

The possible connection between the use of AMO Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose Solution and Acanthamoeba kertitis was first suspected in 2004 by a University of Illinois-Chicago ophthalmologist, Dr. Elmer Tu, who noticed more than a dozen cases of the eye infection. Normally, Dr. Tu sees no more than two cases in a year.
According to a diarist at Daily Kos, the solution was apparently contaminated during the manufacturing process at the company's plant in China. However, the package owned by the diarist is marked "Made in Spain."

So which is it? Is contamination occurring at several different plants, during the manufacturing process? Or is the product being manufactured in one place and packaged/stamped in another? Is our greed and desire for cheap goods going to kill us all?

Yeah, I think so.


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