Dangerous products from China seem to be the norm these days.
U.S. consumers have had to deal with the toxic drywall disaster. Then, we found out that Chinese-manufactured toys and trinkets contained cadmium instead of lead. Cadmium is a known carcinogenic.
Oh, and how about the milk that killed several babies and sickened thousands because of the toxic powder that was used.
With doubts swirling that the organic food from China wasn’t really organic, the USDA has banned a major certifier, the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), from operating there.
The reason: OCIA hired employees of a state-owned agency to inspect state-controlled farms and processing facilities. There was absolutely no independence and a serious conflict of interest at hand.
A video had been circulating on Internet recently about how Whole Foods was using “organic” food from China yet the certifying agency, Quality Assurance International, who was hired by Whole Foods and whose certification seal was on the package, claims it never did any inspections in that country. This created a mini-scandal that Whole Foods refused to comment on.
The consumer complaints obviously were being taken seriously by Whole Foods because they have eliminated practically all products imported from China. Chinese shelled and unshelled frozen edamame soybeans will still be available.
My take: 1) We need to continue to buy local, organic food and support farmers in our communities. 2) I am happy that the USDA has finally cracked down on organic food corruption but more needs to be done. A lot more needs to be done.
Based on this crackdown on organic food from China, will you be more reluctant to buy organic food from other foreign countries?