More Crap from China

Now guess what?  An American drug company, Baxter, is in the proverbial doo-doo.  It seems that they were using a plant in – you guessed it kids – CHINA to make some of the ingredients for some of their medications.  Apparently the plant in – ding!!!! – CHINA sent them contaminated medications.  So far 19 people have died and thousands more have been hospitalized because of yet another crappy ass product from CHINA.

Added to the crappy ass lead toys that they keep sending our kids, and I think it’s time to do something!  Serious…lead in the plastic easter eggs????  WTF!!!!!!

When are we going to ban imports from China? 

UPDATE – Wal-Mart Pulls Chinese Made Sandals

Some of you might remember this from on my earlier posts on Chinese made goods.  Wal-Mart is pulling (FINALLY) the offending flip-flops off their store shelves. Unfortunately, this comes much too late to help the people who have already experienced chemical burns from them. 

We’re all still waiting to see how this is going to help the people who have burns.  In some cases, these are severe as they continued to develop long after the person stopped wearing the sandals. 

More Substandard Chinese Crap

Well, in an interesting new twist Nissan is having a recall and not on their cars.  It seems that as part of a promotion that they gave away Chinese-made mugs with their logo on it.  The mugs have 30 times the acceptable levels of lead in them. 

The poisoned Chinese-made toothpaste that supposedly never made it’s way to the US was just recently discovered to have been sent here for use in prisons and hopsitals.  To make matters worse, in an instituional setting, like a prison or hospital, the users of products get very little choice in product selection.  The product contains diethylene glycol which causes, among other things, severe and often fatal kidney failure.  It is an absolutely horrific way to die – “screaming and thrashing to the end”. 

The FDA has recently started intercepting shipments of tainted Chinese seafood because of the use of outlawed drugs on the farm-raised fish, shrimp, and eels.  Many of the drugs are also banned in China because they are known to cause cancer.  Others cause potentially life saving antibiotics not to work. 

Now, a Chinese family, suspecting that the bottled water they were drinking was making them sick, fed the water to their chickens.  No surprise when the chickens promptly keeled over dead with in a matter of minutes of drinking the water. 

What does it take?

BAN IMPORTS FROM CHINA!!!!!!

China Blames USA for Lead Paint on Toddler Toys

In an interesting twist of events, China is blaming the USA for their factories putting lead paint on toddler toys.  I fail to see how this is in any way, shape, form or fashion the fault of the USA.  Nothing like that should ever be manufactured anywhere in the world, given what we know about lead paint and children.  How something that’s made in *your* factory, according to *your* rules, and it is supposed to be checked by *your* safety inspectors is our fault?

Oh, wait, you’re right.  It is our fault after all.  We shouldn’t be importing a damn thing from you people because you can’t even ensure clean, safe food and medicine for your populace.  So I guess it is our fault after all.

More Imports from China & an Update

Well, isn’t this lovely?  In addition to poisoning our pets with ground up counter top material causing massive dog food recalls and costing the makers of the dog food millions of dollars, China is now poisoning our children with lead based paint on toddler toys.  So far, 967,000,000 toys are involved in the recall in the USA alone.  Since there are only about 300,000,000 people, the odds that your kid or a child you know has one of these toys is very high.  Lead-based paints were banned in the USA decades ago because of the effect lead has on developing children.  It causes brain and physical abnormalities that will impact the child for the rest of its life. 

This follows quickly on the heels of being caught exporting fake medicines for life-threatening conditions like malaria and diabetes.  How’d you like to be the one taking the fake birth control pills?  The head of China’s version of the FDA was executed
recently for licensing fake drugs.  These covered everything from fake
antibiotics, fake AID’s drugs, and all sorts of other things.  Worse
still, the fake drugs often contain just a trace of the real thing. 
It’s enough to mask the symptoms and create medication resistant stains
of the illnesses they’re supposed to be treating.

Their own government admits that nearly 20% of all Chinese products fail to meet their own internal safety and quality standards, which are considerably more lax than those in the USA.  Worse yet, several other countries have forced the recall of poison-tainted toothpaste made in…you guessed it, CHINA.  The government there has reacted by closing 180 food factories producing things like pickles with formaldeyde and sweets laced with poison and industrial waste.  That’s for consumption by their own people.  One can only imagine what they’re exporting. 

Even the Chinese population has taken to purchasing foreign products whenever possible, feeling that they safer and less likely to be toxic.  That even applies to everyday things like food products and drinking water.  Even though imported  foods are never fresh and tend to be considerably more expensive, the perception from China’s own people is that foods from Japan, the US, Australia, etc. are safer to eat. 

I orginally posted this on August the 3rd.  Since then, a new situation has arisen with yet another Chinese import. Apparently, they’re putting toxic waste into consumer goods like flip flops.  Several people have reported chemical burns due to wearing the flip flops that were purchased at Wal-Mart.   If you have a strong stomach, you can flip through the photos on the link above.  Despite repeated reports to Wal-Mart, the company has not removed the shoes from the store shelves and is continuing to sell them.  Attempts to contact the manufacturer have been in vain.   

If their own people don’t trust Chinese made products, why do we?  What is it going to take before we ban imports from China?  How many people are going to have to die before we get the point?  Until then, do yourself a favor.  If it says “Made in China”, buy something else.

Importing Stuff From China

It’s one thing to import steel but we’re importing food, medicine and all kinds of stuff from a country that has very poor controls on what they feed their own populace much less send off for export.  We’ve all heard the stories about the melamine in the wheat and wheat products that killed several pets.  As much as I know people miss their pets, thank god it was only pets.  It could easily have been children.  I don’t know if you know anything about Melamine but here’s what makes it fatal.  It is a trimer – a reaction product – of cyanide.  When it’s ingested it turns into 3 cyanide molecules. 

They recently had an incident where ground up cardboard was being used to supplement the meat in food being sold by street vendors.  Now the latest is that they’ve seized tons of fake drugs, including drugs for life threatening conditions like malaria, diabetes, and influenza.  What happens to the people who take these?  Well, since they don’t actually have any active ingredients, you don’t get any benefit from taking it even though you pay out the ass for something that’s supposed to save your life.