Wednesday, September 24, 2008

December 2007 Bad for Chinese Products

Last December, two Western companies found out products from their Chinese joint ventures were sickening, even killing people.

Heparin, a medical drug manufactured by Baxter Corporation. It took three months to find the deadly ingredient, over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate. The corporate connection is:

Scientific Protein Labs---Changzhou SPL

Milk, the drink in liquid and powdered form. The tainted product sickened over 53,000 children and made its way into some 160 products, including infant formula. It took nine months for the scope of the problem to air. Deadly melamine, a protein booster, made its way into yet another food source, this time for humans.

Fonterra Cooperative---Sanlu Group Co.

The FDA said remarkably little about what tainted products could have made it to America. Oreo cookies, Snickers, and M & M's were recalled in Indonesia due to tainted milk ingredients.

China's substitution management epidemic, learned from their American counterparts, is dangerous and deadly. We have buyer beware at all levels of the economy.