In case you were wondering what was going on about the pet food recall, here it is, courtesy of the HSUS:
By all means take a look at the letter, just to be entirely clear on what's going on here.
Sounds as if there will be no action taken on that end.
I grew up in the fifties, and remember proudly being shown films of our mid-western farmers and mountains of grain, and being told we were the grain basket of the world.
So why are we importing grain products from China?
And what are we getting?
You do have to wonder about that two billion plus of agricultural products that are being imported.
They've now found contamination in corn, wheat, and rice products, not because any kind of regular inspection turned up problems, but because pet foods were being investigated.
Our cats and dogs are the canary in the coal mine here..
But two billion dollars worth of food is a lot of stuff.
Not all of it is going into pet foods, you know.
Apparently none of it is being inspected in China.
It's the wild west over there in terms of inspections and standards.
While I was googling around on the pet food issue, there were a lot of stories of tainted food supplies within China itself.
One of the most charming was an infant formula with no nutritional value at all, and involved deaths.
Not only don't they investigate, they don't much prosecute either.
In fact it looks as if they've got the worst of both worlds.
They threw out their free medical care and social planning in order to be more western, but kept their authoritarian power structure.
They've imported capitalism, but not unions, nor free speech, nor government protections for either workers or consumers.
I'd already been concerned by the stories of forced prison labor involved in producing general merchandise, and now this.
I'm waiting for savvy food producers to start labeling items No Ingredients From China, same as some milks already do with the bovine growth hormone.
But until then, buy local, buy fresh.