Thursday, October 02, 2008

As we find melamine in children's candy, too....

.....check it out here, it's worth noting that a technical magazine to which I subscribe carries a listing each month of products recalled for known safety hazards. Want to guess where about 80% of them are manufactured?

I don't like to say this, but if you value your health, you'll do well to avoid buying products made there, especially if they're not imported under the supervision of a reputable company. People who don't care about the other effects of shoddy goods do indeed care about damage inflicted on their pocketbooks by those of us who refuse to buy.

5 comments:

pentamom said...

Yeah, and I like to shop in the imported foods aisle, too. Guess it's going to be La Choy for our family for the foreseeable future (bleah.)

Thank God we survived the candy my mother-in-law brought us from her trip to China this summer.

Bike Bubba said...

Actually, take a close look. I went to a mostly Chinese church when I lived in LA for two summers (the culture was closer to my own, ironically), and I found that a lot of the good stuff in the "99" asian supermarket was made in exotic places like Iowa. An awful lot of the rest will come from Taiwan and such.

I'd actually be more careful about some of the "commodity" foods one gets--like, say, Cadbury milk chocolate featuring dairy from there.

pentamom said...

Thanks for the advice. My plan was to read labels and not just assume the stuff was imported from PRC, but I was concerned that the "good stuff" might all be.

Yeah, the thing with Cadbury creeps me out. How does one avoid food with, well, ingredients?

Bike Bubba said...

Well, in the case of chocolate, one could eat dark chocolate and thus not risk milk in the mix....and go for a very high cacao concentration and avoid the sugar....

pentamom said...

Well, that's the glaringly obvious solution with chocolate, since milk chocolate isn't the real stuff anyway, and anything under 60% is for wimps. ;-) But more seriously, it's pretty disturbing that any pre-made food that might potentially have a milk product in it could be a risk. I'm not quite ready to forgo eating chocolate chip cookies at the church luncheon because somebody might have used Nestle chips, which might have used Chinese milk, which might have been tainted, but it's still creepy.