China is doing damage control, working to dispel the bad reputation its products are generating, but a recent study found it would take billions of dollars to get China’s food safety programs up to standard.
The country of fake pharmaceuticals, deplorable hygiene and contaminated food wants to clean up its image. A Chinese official defends Chinese products saying, “isolated cases should not be blown out of proportion to mislead the public.”
Fact: Contaminated Chinese seafood is hardly an “isolated case.” From October 2006 to May 2007, over a period of eight months, the FDA repeatedly found Chinese fish contained chemicals banned in the United States. The Chinese official claims, “the case of a Chinese company engaging in illegal exports should not be exaggerated as the failure of the safety regimen of the Chinese government.”
Fact: China shut down 180 food manufacturers in China and executed the official charged with taking bribes to authorize the manufacture of dangerous drugs. But a recent study by A.T. Kearney management consultants found it would take $100 billion to improve China’s food safety standards.
The Chinese say, “the concern over Chinese toothpaste is due to the fact that different countries have different standards on the percentage of diethylene glycol allowed.”
Fact: No dyethelene glycol is allowed in North or South American countries or in most countries in Asia. The state of Connecticut is still scrambling to clear store shelves. “We have now seized about 1100 tubes of toothpaste at about 120 stores surveyed around the state,” Chinese officials said.
The Chinese claim that certain levels of diethylene glycol are “harmless.”