The government of the People's Republic of China--the same folks who have blocked their citizens' access to my blog, as well as Shakesville, HorsesAss, and an enormous number of American websites--claim they have conducted their investigations and found that the practice of melamine-adulteration was limited to a couple of individual companies. Therefore, they state, Americans can once again have confidence in the safety of China's exported food and ingredients.
The FDA is apparently buying it, so to speak, despite reports from actual Chinese farmers and individuals who've admitted that melamine-spiking of animal feed and grains is commonplace and has been going on since the early 1990's, when the previous method of cheating--urea-spiking--was exposed by lab tests.
SHANGHAI, China — China says further checks on food exporters have turned up no sign of a chemical blamed in the pet deaths in North America, and urged U.S. authorities not to take additional measures against Chinese producers.
The government body responsible for overseeing food safety said it accompanied U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors on visits to two companies blamed for the chemical contamination on May 8-12 following the publication of the results of China's own investigation.
The incidents involving Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. and Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. were "special individual cases," the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement viewed on its Web site Wednesday.
The statement said FDA inspectors also expressed satisfaction with the quality controls and tracing measures in place at another exporter of vegetable protein, Sinoglory, saying those met U.S. production standards for similar products.
"China emphasizes that its determination to crackdown on law breaking enterprises is firm and its policies are effective," said the statement.
"We hope the American side will accurately and objectively deal with problems among individual companies and not take stringent measures against other Chinese companies producing the same type of products," it said.
And not take stringent measures against other Chinese companies... Oh, I don't think Chinese officials need to worry too much. Not only is the US government not doing any banning of Chinese grains, they're actually discussing--seriously!--importing their poultry. Besides, we kind of owe them, don't we?
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