Recall Update: Friday

Recall-related news:

According to the results of a government investigation, two Chinese companies sold a chemical laced with diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent sometimes used in paint and antifreeze, to a business in Spain. The Chinese are at fault for calling the product “TD Glycerin,” a misleading name that could be confused with glycerin, a harmless, more expensive sugar substitute.

But the Chinese clearly stated that the product was not meant for medical consumption, the report said.

The Chinese also did not know the Spanish would resell the chemical in Panama, where it would be renamed, “pure glycerin,” and lengthen the expiration date from one to four years.

“The Panamanian business people are mainly responsible because they changed the scope of use and shelf life of this product,” said Wei Chuanzhong, vice minister of the Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

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24 Responses to “Recall Update: Friday”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Unblievable They Sell Poison Using The Names Glycerin And Wheat Gluten And Rice Protein Concentrate And Its Everyone Elses Fault. But Yet They Sentenced A Man To Death Whats Wrong With This Picture?

  2. mittens says:

    never trust a country that runs it’s unarmed citizens over with a tank. like our pets or children mean anything to godless amoral fascists and that’s just menu foods opps i mean the chinese government…pardon me.

    the chinese sure are money grubbing running dog lackey capitalist worker exploiting pigs for allegedly being communists.

    of course corporations like coca cola and even google are falling all over themselves kissing china nazi hole so they can exploit such a huge mass of potential consumers…

    who haven’t the chinese blamed so far- have they worked themselves up to mother theresa, or perhaps a 5 year old school girl in southern new jersey?

  3. menusux says:

    Now it’s also the media’s fault:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4079855a12.html

    China blames media for food safety scaremongering
    Reuters | Friday, 1 June 2007

    “China has blamed the media for stoking fears about the safety of the nation’s food and drugs, but senior officials acknowledged that it was not realistic to expect a 100 per cent quality guarantee.

    “”Looking at these statistics, you can see (media reports) have been whipped up,” Li added. “One company’s problems does not make it a China problem. If some food is below standard, you can’t say all Chinese food is unsafe.”

    “Wei said that while the toothpaste in Central America did indeed contain the chemical, in small amounts it was harmless and nobody had been poisoned so far.

    “”We hope that Panama and other countries take a scientific and pragmatic attitude, treat Chinese products properly and appropriately handle this incident,” he said. ”

    Toxic glycerin is one of the reasons their former FDA official is scheduled to face a firing squad:

    http://www.truthabouttrade.org/article.asp?id=7641

    China Confronts Crisis Over Food Safety
    The Wall Street Journal May 30, 2007

    “The safety of China’s drugs has also been an issue. In the spring of 2006, more than 10 people fell ill after injections of a gallbladder medicine made by Qiqihar No. 2 Pharmaceutical Co. Five people died. “Those directly responsible for the incident and those who fail to fulfill their supervisory duties will be punished,” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said last May, according to Xinhua. “The pharmaceutical market is in disorder.”

    “A government investigation determined that Qiqihar had used diethylene glycol, the same chemical recently found in the toothpaste, to cut costs in producing the drug. The deaths drew a national outcry, and the company was shut down.”

    The media and the government of Panama are not the ones who labeled the substance pure glycerin or faked the analysis paperwork. This was all a product of China and was labeled as such.

    Sadly, there’s not much we can do when it comes to killing and maiming your own citizens but we CAN stop you from doing any more of this in the US by refusing to buy products made with Chinese ingredients.

    COOL isn’t anti-import, it’s pro-choice–giving the buyer of the item the option whether he/she wants to take the risk or not. When people decide they’d rather not pay for products containing questionable Chinese materials, it’s called a free market–the buyer can accept or refuse.

    Since the Chinese government is saying one should not expect 100% quality from their products, it should not surprise them that the rest of the world prefers better terms than this.

    Whatever any country produces and sends abroad with the statement “Made in” on it, the items become the “face” of that country to those in other lands. It should be a matter of national pride and patriotism for all nations that their exported products showcase their country by being the best they can be. China apparently is lacking in that national pride and patriotism, because it’s definitely not reflected in their exports to the US and other nations.

    We ARE going to take a scientific and pragmatic attitude about Chinese products. And that is to refuse them until they meet our quality standards on a regular basis.

  4. Susan says:

    The entire system is so corrupt, it sickens me. The Chinese, the importers, the distributors, the manufacturers, etc., etc. have lied to us. And then the FDA is useless to the people who pay their salaries . They answer to HHS who answer to Bush. Is THAT under his (self-proclaimed) war powers, too? He claims he doesn’t answer to the Congress anymore because of war powers. So now the FDA doesn’t answer to them either? I want to know exactly what’s in the food I buy and where those ingredients come from.

  5. The Truth and Nothing but the Truth says:

    These people have an excuse for everything! Nothing seems to be their fault. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Just give us your money and shut up! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    What about the contaminated glutens to South Africa? Tons of banned meat deliberately mislabeled and shipped to the UK? The 256 refusals LAST MONTH ALONE

  6. menusux says:

    Have a look at the link–Tembec, who produced the the feed ingredients for cattle & fish containing melamine, is not registered as a feed manufacturer in Ohio:

    http://zanesvilletimesrecorder.....002/NEWS01

    Zanesville Times Recorder June 1, 2007
    Company not registered for feed additive

    “COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio company that produced animal feed ingredients containing the same industrial chemical as the one that led to a massive pet food recall did not properly register with the state as a feed manufacturer, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said.

    “Tembec Inc., of Toledo, must obtain a permit or cease its feed manufacturing operation, said LeeAnne Mizer, agriculture department spokeswoman.

    “Tembec contends it is not a manufacturer because it produces only “a binder that is used in the production of feed,” company spokesman John Valley said.

    “The company won’t face any fines or penalties from the agriculture department because the agency does not have the legal authority to issue them, Mizer said.”

  7. The Truth and Nothing but the Truth says:

    Sorry, didn’t finish that post, something funny going on.

    Anyway, the FDA has refused 256 shipments from China last month alone for a variety of reasons, including human food laced with banned veterinary medicines, banned antibiotics and banned pesticides.

  8. menusux says:

    When the tainted toothpaste saga started, they were trying to say that FDA permitted diethylene glycol in very small amounts. FDA says it’s not allowed in foods and meds at all. Guess it’s everyone else’s fault for not allowing it–never mind that it shouldn’t be in there to start with.

  9. straybaby says:

    “Guess it’s everyone else’s fault for not allowing it–never mind that it shouldn’t be in there to start with.”

    well, if they discover the problem is huge/widespread with the biggies involved, i’m sure they’ll develope a risk assumption and guidelines for acceptable amounts. the *spit factor*, perhaps?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Another good article out of Ohio, from the Columbus Dispatch. This puts to rest the “it was only made for export” potential loophole. It’s good that the industry is investigating, but it’s not enough. In Menusux’s posting above, here’s a quote from a Zanesville, OH paper, quoting the state’s agriculture dept:

    “The company won’t face any fines or penalties from the agriculture department because the agency does not have the legal authority to issue them, Mizer said.”

    Here’s from the Columbus Dispatch today:
    “But any feed that is made in Ohio, whether for export or domestic use, must meet U.S. safety standards and contain only ingredients approved for use in the U.S.

    “In order to manufacture here, you must meet all of our regulations” no matter where the feed is going, Boerger said.

    The agriculture department inspects grain and feed manufacturers in Ohio about twice a year to make sure they use approved ingredients and have processes in place to prevent contamination.

    Recent news of melamine contamination of feed products is making Ohio farmers more diligent.

    They are “asking suppliers the somewhat tough questions they never thought they’d have to ask” about where ingredients come from, said Dick Isler, executive director of the Ohio Pork Producers Council.

    Feed manufacturers also are “thinking about this more and are going back to their suppliers to double-check,” he said. “Hopefully, these are isolated (contamination) cases.”"

    http://www.columbusdispatch.co.....6ST61.html

  11. Maureen says:

    I was anonymous again. Sorry.

  12. Susan says:

    After reading everyone’s comments, I checked my own state Dept of Ag regulations. Here they only have authority over milk production. The USDA is supposed to handle the rest. It seems like most of these agencies can only issue “guidelines” and have no real authority. And here we thought our food was safe.

  13. Elaine says:

    Good Morning All,

    I just received this by email this morning, and knowing that most of you are concerned about the safety of our food supply and that we keep family farms and ranches in business so we have access to safe food, I thought you would want to see it and contact them.

    Thanks!

    Subject: Help Locating every consumer group, organic group, Buy American Group in USA.
    Importance: High

    Help Need Locating every consumer group, organic group, Buy American Group in USA etc.. Please cross post to any blogs, anyone you even remotely think are interested. We have just four weeks to get things done before the mark up farm bill leaves the ag committee.

    Get involved now or we all lose.
    Contacts from cattle people are great but we need to get everyone involved in this farm bill.

    Every consumer needs to be educated about the farm bill and how it effects them. Each of us need to get involved especially consumers. That means they need a real crash course on how their food is grown, handled and the real price they pay. We on the Legislative Committee need to ask for each of them to help one on one. If the consumer, market gardener, self use raiser, organic raiser, independent grower does not join the competitive issue fight for real legislation reform and ban on Packer ownership of animals, NAIS fight, stopping unfair and dumping of chemically laden, unlabeled imports then everyone will lose. Please email me karber@pldi.net with any and all names, phone numbers, email addresses if available or how to locate the groups or people to enlist to help and to activate their contacts. YOU OR ANY SUGGESTIONS of contacts DO NOT HAVE TO BE R-Calf Members. We need to off set the numbers Farm Bureau, National Cattlemen’s Association etc. are claiming with real people who grow and consumers who eat real food not corporate factory foods starting here and now. . Corporate AG swear they represent the consumer and independent growers which is bull. Also you can contact Bill Bullard CEO, R-Calf at billbullard@r-calfusa.com who is acting as our lobbyist in Washington right now. Next week we need to have conference calls with reps being lined up and we want all growers represented not just cattle and all consumers of all areas. Thanks.

    I know it will take effort but we need this effort now. As the R-Calf Legislative State Chairs we can get the attention and conference calls with every representative of every ag committee member and every state chair can freely say they represent all R-Calf members and any one or group can join in with their name or group of the state so all representatives will meet with us even out of their district. The one thing that is vital is all agriculture be represented and consumers NOW. The Ag House Committee will finish mark up of the farm bill by June 30 so time is precious.
    Anyone as a person that wants to help please give me your state, contact info. including email, if you can do a no cost conference call, fax, get the word out or whatever you are willing to do such as phone, fax, attend conference calls, attend meetings with reps. forward action notices, visit health food markets, farmers markets, contact personal email list etc. We need every contact you can muster because every dirty tactic is being used but we have right and the will to prevail on ours. We will be get material on the bills we have introduced and the main items plus coordinate with those who respond. Please help.
    .
    Sue Karber

    If you put someone down then put them down on your prayer list.
    No to NAIS
    The scariest thing isn’t the daily news; it’s our food’s lack of Country of Origin Labels (COOL) and
    the horrid NAIS to make it worse with eliminating real food safety and family farms for only factory farms.
    1% of imports inspected and how many have melamine in the meats/foods and now we know USDA and FDA has allowed contaminates in USA products produced here in USA…..what other unknowns are we feeding our children?

  14. Sharon says:

    the USDA and the FDA need to start doing their job or be fired. I am sick of paying taxes for nothing. If our government passes laws like the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 and then sits on their hands and says they don’t have the authority to do anything they are lying. Throw the bums out. They work for us, we don’t have to put up with this.

  15. Susan says:

    This is from the FDA’s web site on the Bioterrorism Act of 2002:
    “Sec. 304. Debarment for Repeated or Serious Food Import Violations
    Amends Section 306(b) to establish debarment for persons convicted of a felony for conduct relating to the importation of any food or for persons who have engaged in a pattern of importing or offering for import adulterated food that presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals..”
    I see it includes animals. And yet we still get Chinese imports.
    http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html

  16. DMS says:

    My question is, if the Department Of Agriculture doesn’t have the power to prosecute the, who does? Someone must. Companies can’t just add unapproved toxins to feed and ultimately food and get away with it. Someone must have the authority to prosecute. Who is it? Does anyone out there know?

  17. DMS says:

    Elaine,

    This email failed.
    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

    karber@pldi.net

  18. Steve says:

    Very revealing.

    http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/838857.html

  19. Elaine says:

    Dms, I sent an email and it seemed to go through for me, no notification back yet, anyway. Try the Bill Bullard one. If I do find out it is incorrect, I will find out the correct email and post it.

  20. Steve says:

    Only one company dropped Menu.

    Wow. Massive Change

  21. mikescats says:

    More comforting news about our food supply…….

    Peanut Butter Salmonella Cases Top 600
    By JOSH FUNK
    AP

    http://tinyurl.com/2nvqzu

  22. DMS says:

    I hope people will be as outraged at Tembec as they were at the Chinese for selling melamine tainted “gluten.” Tembec knowingly added the unapproved melamine and didn’t even say anything while all this was going on. If no one can prosecute them, which I find hard to believe, we are worse than the Chinese. At least they bull-dozed the plant and put the scheister out of business. Tembec is still operating, making non-melamine contaminated products now per our FDA/USDA. If they get away with this, what is to stop anyone from adding anything else in the future? You can just make the big profit until you get caught, then reformulate?

  23. 4lgdfriend says:

    menusux: “The company won’t face any fines or penalties from the agriculture department because the agency does not have the legal authority to issue them, Mizer said.”

    I could SNORT

    SUSAN SAID: This is from the FDA’s web site on the Bioterrorism Act of 2002:
    “Sec. 304. Debarment for Repeated or Serious Food Import Violations
    Amends Section 306(b) to establish debarment for persons convicted of a felony for conduct relating to the importation of any food or for persons who have engaged in a pattern of importing or offering for import adulterated food that presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals..”
    I see it includes animals. And yet we still get Chinese imports.
    http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html

    …..but only if it advances a GOP agenda and does not harm profits

  24. Links | Elaine Vigneault’s diary says:

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