Thursday, May 24, 2007

Not Again: Poisonous Fish From China Recalled

First our pets were poisoned,we then had lead laced baby bibs from China soon after, then toothpaste came over to Central America with an engine coolant chemical" but minty fresh tasting was exported, and now there is this.
WASHINGTON -- A frozen product labeled monkfish distributed in three states is being recalled after two Chicago area people became ill after eating it, the importer announced Thursday.

Hong Chang Corporation of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., said it is recalling the product labeled as monkfish because it may contain tetrodotoxin, a potent toxin.

While the frozen fish imported from China was labeled monkfish, the company said it is concerned that it may be pufferfish because this toxin is usually associated with certain types of pufferfish.

Our FDA sat on their hands during the pet poisoning until the story got too big. We are now checking to see if any of that poisoned toothpaste got into our supply, and then there is this. When is enough going to be enough?

I like foreign products. However the market in China right now is not strictly controlled, safety standards are a joke, and we are being harmed in the process. After all of these screw ups we should be having congressional testimony on the tv, advisory panels being formed, some plan in place to make sure the next toxic product that comes over doesn't kill a lot of people.

You get what you pay for people. Part of the reason things in China are so cheap is because of the lack of oversight. Yeah they have cheap wages, lack of safety guarantees for workers too. This thrills our corporations to no end, but it's not just our jobs that are being threatened by our lack of regulation and lack of desire to do anything about it, but it is our lives as well.