Wen Hui Po: US Fans Flames of Problematic Pet Food, China Denies Toxic Exports

Excerpts from an April 9, 2007, Wenhui Daily article shed light on the spin the Chinese official media put on last year’s food safety reporting by US media outlets, translated by CDT:

The newest development in the pet food scandal is that the US Senate plans to hold new hearings on how the FDA is handling the issue. Moreover, 20 other kinds of food have been slated for recall, bringing th total number of recalled pet products to 100, or 1% of the total market.

The FDA is treading very carefully in its investigation to determine the nature of the toxic chemicals and their sources. Unfortunately, the probe is not yet over and already China has become the scapegoat. Preliminary examinations found that the suspect foods were contaminated with melamine, which originated in China. As China is a major source of production materials for pet foods, some hostile US media immediately blamed China, stirring up fear that the country is exporting toxic foods to the US. One Fox TV news anchor claimed that “China is exporting rat poison-contaminated pet foods into the US,” and called for Chinese exporters to be punished.

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