FDA reviewing food imports from China

You think it’s necessary? I mean sure, tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people have been sick and OK, some died. But besides that, shouldn’t we ignore all of that and help our favorite trading partner in case they might help companies build even cheaper products? That seems to have been the policy for years, hasn’t it?

Federal health officials on Thursday ordered dozens of imported foods from China held at the border as possible health risks. Most are ethnic treats, including snacks, drinks and chocolates.

The Food and Drug Administration has had an import alert in place since Oct. 10 for specific products found contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine and melamine-related compounds.

It’s unusual for the FDA to put such a broad hold on goods from an entire country, not just a few rogue manufacturers. The order, which covers products made with milk, is a precaution to keep out foods contaminated with melamine, which can cause serious kidney problems.

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