Monday, June 11, 2007

Fear Factor: China's food product, are you game for it?

Lots of scare generated from China made food product lately. US has been frenzily denied entry to tonnes of made-in-china food product. Some dried fruits, tea, and even toothpaste were also in the recent list of returned items. On the other hand, China has seemingly retaliated by returning some US exports including pistachios said to contain ants. Fear factor: consume food below safety standards, season 1 anyone?

Despites all the recent bans, which of course only emerges recently, we can't really tell how many of those products have ended up in our stomach. I shudder at the thought that it needs some death for countries to perform a stricter safety check to items such as food. Frankly, it's not just about China made food product. There are tonnes of countries in the world which should have produced food items below the proper safety standard. There is of course only one good reason for those manufacturers to do the despicable acts: greed!

Anyway, most of the rejection of the food item by a certain country is not followed by a clear explanation of why those foods are rejected. I feel that there are too many hidden "standards" which should have been made known to the us, the public who are the end user of those products. I really wonder how those previous pistachios pass through the customs or how could the toothpaste be sold in supermarket previously? Even food stuff and human safety are in the politics play. I really wonder which government in the world is consistently protecting its citizen's right to consume food safely.

Perhaps a more unified safety standards shall help to push forward the appreciation of human life. Perhaps a body, or easily WHO, can be tasked to set a standard, which is open for scrutiny, for general food items.

And perhaps manufacturers can be less greedy and remember that it could be their children who consume some unsafe product unknowingly. Ironically, some of the employee's children could be the one consuming the direct products made by the hand of their parents.

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