Thursday, February 17, 2011

China on alert for leather protein in milk supply

It must be Thursday...
BEIJING – China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps.
Both additives — melamine and hydrolyzed leather protein — would make dairy products made with watered-down milk appear to have normal amounts of protein. Infant formula tainted with melamine killed six children in China in 2008 and sickened more than 300,000.
Keeping track.

6 comments:

Steve Bates said...

And on and on it goes.

After reading (upstream) about Chinese rice contaminated with heavy metals, I've told Stella that if she wants to go out for Chinese food, she's on her own... I assume that's the likeliest source of such rice in America. And we still eat Tilda from India at home. I never was all that fond of Heavy Metal...

(Texas rice is just fine AFAIK, but they got into a trademark dispute over the use of the word "basmati" which ended by a court's depriving some Indian exporters of the right to use the word... the word they coined thousands of years ago. I was pissed, and I haven't purchased Texas rice since.)

Steve Bates said...

Here (.pdf) is an explanation of the basmati patent conflict, as of 2000. The dispute centers on whether "basmati" is a specific designator of a particular genetic makeup of rice from India or Pakistan, or a generic term available to anyone, anywhere, who grows that kind of rice, e.g., RiceTec, which produces Texmati rice and calls its rice basmati.

You'd think I'd have a dog in this race, but actually I back the other dog. If you can't sell an American wine with a French regional name (e.g., Merlot) in France, you shouldn't be able to do the same with rice.

ellroon said...

I don't know if Chinese restaurants are serving food from China, but we have Chinese products in a huge amount of processed foods, mixes etc. You can't tell where all the ingredients come from on the box.

Need to get digging and planting my garden....

ellroon said...

I knew about the rumpus over the wine, but didn't know about the rice. I look to see where the item is made, found, harvested when I'm buying. And if I can't tell, if I don't really need it, I'll put it back and do without.

BadTux said...

The rice in our local Chinese restaurants is grown in California. You go into the Chinese groceries, there's huge bags of the stuff. The original rice growers in California were Chinese immigrants, so it's not like taking rice grown by rednecks and serving it in Chinese restaurants...

But Elroon is right about how processed foods never tell you where the ingredients came from. Just another reason to cook your own.

- Badtux the Foodie Penguin

ellroon said...

I shudder to think what I've served my kids over the years, BadTux. Lots of processed foods for convenience's sake.

Luckily they are receptive to healthy food...