Across Asia, small-scale food manufacturers and street vendors often boost profits by using cheap but toxic chemicals as sweeteners, dyes and preservatives. While the most egregious examples generally involve food for local consumption, dangerous additives occasionally end up in foods exported to the U.S. and other Western countries, highlighting the scope of the problems regulators face.
The pet-food contamination that killed and sickened cats and dogs in the U.S. has called into question the safety of imports from China. Yesterday China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (Chinese) said on its Web site that Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. (Ê±üËãèÂæêÂ∑ûÂÆâËê•ÁîüÁâ©ÊäÄÊúØÂºÄÂèëÂÖ¨Âè∏) and Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. (Â±±‰∏úÊª®Â∑ûÂØåÁî∞ÁîüÁâ©ÁßëÊäÄÊúâÈôêÂÖ¨Âè∏) exported the toxic ingredients which contained melamine (‰∏âËÅöÊ∞∞ËÉ∫), a chemical used in fire retardants. The companies weren’t available to comment this morning. [Full Text]