Trend of unsafe Chinese-made products, from toys to pet food to baby formula, raises concern among Americans about health risks.Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—The US Food and Drug Administration’s warning about a melamine-laced baby formula that’s sold in ethnic Chinese stores in the US is the latest in a string of harmful Chinese made goods.
According to a September 12, 2008 Associated Press article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar that appeared at Yahoo.com’s news page, the formula does not have FDA approval and was smuggled into the US for sale in Chinese immigrant communities in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. The article added that while there have been no reports of infants in the US being sickened by the bad formula, it has caused problems for babies in China.
In 2007, US officials initiated a massive recall of Chinese-made pet food because of dangerous levels of melamine that sickened and killed some animals. According to an April 29, 2007 report by Calum MacLeod, which appeared in USAToday.com, Chinese officials later admitted that the tainted pet food came from manufacturers inside the Asian nation.
Melamine is a chemical used in plastics. However, some food processing plants in China use it to make their product appear high in protein, according to the Yahoo.com article.
High amounts of lead in Chinese-made children’s toys sold in the US also caused widespread concern earlier this year. According to an article by David Barboza that appeared in the October 29, 2007 edition of the International Herald Tribune.com, China executed the head of its food and drug administration department in the summer of 2007 after being convicted of negligence and accepting bribes.