- Hello Jeff - Just look at all of the poison that has
been going into (and in my opinion will continue to go into) food items.
Everything from insecticides to drain cleaners to industrial dyes to a
substance from the poppy linked to opium etc. Amazing. No wonder people
have food allergies, cancers, learning disabilities and all sorts of neurological
and psychological problems.
- My guess is China is simply giving lip service by releasing
the list of illegal food additives and business will be as usual when we
all forget. ....or the illegal substances will be legalized by our FDA
simply by saying, the amount in food is harmless!
- China Releases List of Illegal Food Additives
- In response to the international outcry resulting from
the ongoing China melamine scandal, officials in that country have released
a list of illegal food additives. According to the Associated Press (AP),
17 substances used as industrial dyes, insecticides, and drain cleaners
were included on the list, which was developed as part of a government
- Boric acid was one of the chemicals included in the list,
the AP said. Boric acid is used as an insecticide, but is also mixed with
noodles and meatballs to increase elasticity, according to a statement
posted on China's Ministry of Health Website. Industrial formaldehyde
and lye were also on the list. Those chemicals - used in the manufacture
of soap and drain cleaner-are also commonly added to water to soak some
dried seafood, which gives the food a fresher, larger appearance, said
- The recent move by the Chinese government followed the
widely publicized melamine scandal in which nearly 300,000 infants were
sickened and at least six babies died, noted the AP, which added that the
banned substance list was released in an effort to reverse the trend of
adding nonfood products to food. In addition to the 17, the AP reported
that local authorities were warned about an additional 10 food additives-colorings,
preservatives, and artificial flavorings-which are "often used excessively."
- The AP quoted the statement as indicating that while
the list is not complete, it "provides clues for relevant departments
as they carry out this campaign." Some of the items on the list had
been previously banned, the AP pointed out, stating that a variety of industrial
dyes were also included which are often used to improve the appearance
of items such as chili powder, tea, and meat.
- Flex News reported that foods such as cookies, meats,
and wheat flour are among those products authorities are to look at for
potentially harmful food colorings and preservatives, noting that many
of the suspect substances in the additional list are actually industrial-grade
dyes; the Chinese government has warned these should not be used excessively.
According to Flex News, the Ministry of Health statement said: "This
list provides clues for relevant departments as they carry out this campaign."
- A substance derived from the poppy plant and linked to
opium was also listed, said the AP, which reported that the additive is
addictive, can be used as a painkiller, and can also be found in the popular
Chinese Hot Pot dish. Also, Sudan red, a cancer-causing industrial dye
used to color egg yolks and melamine, the nitrogen rich industrial toxin
used to increase protein levels in food-most recently detected in animal
feed-were also on the list and were also previously banned. China banned
melamine use in animal feed last June, said the AP, following the deaths
of hundreds and illnesses of thousands of North American pets linked to
excessive levels in pet food. It was discovered that gluten used in the
pet food was tainted with melamine.
- The AP pointed out that the Chinese investigation will
be paying particular attention to products manufactured by "small
food factories," said the official Xinhua News Agency. The smaller
manufacturers are not as strictly regulated, said the AP, and Xinhua notes
that only about one-third of China's 500,000 food processing companies
have more than 10 staff, said Flex News.
- This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
at 12:36 pm and is filed under Legal News, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances.
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