Oct 29, 2008

Question Answered: It Was The Chicken

It's an age-old question; "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"

You can't have the one without the other, so you go round and round about which was first.

Well thanks to China and their lax regulations on food safety, it has now been determined that the chicken came first.
After all, you can't feed the egg toxins, you have to feed it to the chicken in order for it to lay contaminated eggs. Therefore the chicken HAD to come first.

I'm not going to go off on too much of a rant here. It's a troubling issue, to be sure.
However, when the U.S. and other nations were receiving contaminated pet food from China, this didn't seem like that big a deal to them. Oh sure, they were sorry and apologized and assured us it "would never happen again" because they were going to institute tighter control in their factories.
But then reports started coming out about melamine-tainted milk in China and the thousands of children who were sick from drinking it.
Then suddenly it became a safety issue they were concerned with.

I recently bought some Del Monte fruit cups to put in our lunches and I noticed that they were manufactured in China.
These were diced peaches, to be exact. The kind of fruit that grows naturally in the United States and what the state of Georgia is famous for.

But these were from China.

I wrote an email to customer affairs at Del Monte and asked; "Why would they import a food product that grows naturally here in the states. One that would keep jobs in the U.S. and wouldn't come from a country with 'suspect' food regulations and manufacturing processes?"
They 'assured' me that they enforce strict control in areas of the manufacturing process to maintain a high quality and safe product.

Blah blah blah... yeah sure. So how come this shit is STILL happening over there?
If everybody is enacting such "strict controls" on manufacturing in China, you'd think it would be the SAFEST place on the planet for products.

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