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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Health - Contamination


Just what in hell is going on here? Is this the fallout from a trade war between the U.S. and China? Is the American consumer is being spoonfed hysterical warnings about China-made products being contaminated and unsafe while simultaneously not being told about contamination in American food products? Or is there an all-around failure in inspection and setting standards here? Is the Misadministration screaming hysterically about contamination from other sources in the hope of distracting us?

According to The New York Times:
WASHINGTON, June 18 — China manufactured every one of the 24 kinds of toys recalled for safety reasons in the United States so far this year, including the enormously popular Thomas & Friends wooden train sets, a record that is causing alarm among consumer advocates, parents and regulators.

[...]

Over all, the number of products made in China that are being recalled in the United States by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has doubled in the last five years, driving the total number of recalls in the country to 467 last year, an annual record.
Those with young children should check out the article. It includes information about resources that let you track contaminated toys. I guess this series of articles on food/consumer product contamination is proof, if you should need it, that corporations will gladly kill you for profit, and that they cannot be trusted to police themselves. And that you should never, ever vote for anyone who claims, in the interest of reducing spending, to curb government agencies that protect the lives and health of people. Sheesh!!

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