Tainted Ginger’s Long Trip From China to U.S. Stores – Nicholas Zamiska and David Kesmodel
In July, two dozen Albertson’s grocery stores in California received a shipment of fresh ginger and put it on shelves. Several days later, state inspectors discovered that the ginger, which had been imported from China, contained a dangerous pesticide. State health officials warned Californians to avoid ginger grown in China.
But while the tainted ginger’s country of origin was clear, the actual supplier — let alone the farm where it grew — was anything but. The path of this batch of ginger, some 8,000 miles around the world, shows how global supply chains have grown so long that some U.S. companies can’t be sure where the products they’re buying are made or grown — and without knowing the source of the product, it’s difficult to solve the problem. [Full Text]