With China’s top food administrator barely cold in his grave after being executed for gross neglect of duty and Beijing calling for a clean-up of the nation’s toothpaste industry, the International Herald Tribune offers an alternative to the hysteria over tainted Chinese exports:
Black pepper with salmonella from India. Crabmeat from Mexico that is too filthy to eat. Candy from Denmark that is mislabeled…At a time when Chinese imports are under fire for being contaminated or defective, U.S. records suggest that China is not the only country that has problems with its exports.
In fact, U.S. inspectors have stopped more food shipments from India and Mexico in the last year than they have from China, an analysis of data maintained by the Food and Drug Administration shows. [Full Text]