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Still 40% Fake and Counterfeit

 

 "A report delivered to Chinese lawmakers on Nov. 2 claims that more than 40 percent of the goods purchased online in China are counterfeit or of poor quality. Or both. Earlier government reports found similar levels of fakery in the past. Forty percent comes to $269 billion of the$672 billion in retail e-commerce sales that China, the world’s biggest e-commerce marketplace, is expected to generate in 2015."

 

Entire report


 

SHRIMP SLAVERY

and MURDER

 

 "Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal.

 

 A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco." 

 

The Guardian for the rest of the Story and it is a terrible Story

 

CHINA

POLLUTED

"Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.

Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China's soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination.

The report, by the Environmental Protection Ministry, named cadmium, nickel and arsenic as top pollutants"

 

A recent example: "Detention Without Physical Examination of Processed Rice-Based Products Due to Filth" The Whole Story from FDA

CHINA: International Children's Day

Safeguarding children in a country that routinely aborts 13,000,000 a year

 

 Chinese data show that 13 million abortions are performed each year, for an average rate of 35,000 abortions per day.[xii]

 

Shortage of females: Sale of Brides

 


HONG KONG—A government test indicated that nearly half the rice sold in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou was contaminated with cadmium, triggering anger from consumers that China's staple food hasn't escaped the widespread pollution tainting its air, water and soil." WSJ The Rest of the Story and According to 2011 research at Nanjing Agricultural University, roughly 10% of all rice sold in China is tainted by cadmium, the result of use of industrial wastewater for irrigation, dumping of industrial waste and overapplication of fertilizer. WSJ The Rest of the Story

A European list of rejected food from China ......


Check to see if Green Giant buys veggies in China ...

Green Giant at 1-800-998-9996

you need to ask for a specific product.


 

CHINESE TO BUY SMITHFIELD FOODS!!

Agreement

"The Chinese have not done a bang-up job managing their food supply and the recent, vivid images of 16,000 dead pigs floating in the Huangpu river is not great public relations for this acquisition. Still, Shuanghui has announced plans to keep Smithfield’s operations here under current management. It is hard to see the risk to the supply chain in such a circumstance." The Rest of the Story

Includes .... Farmland, Armour

Cook's, John Morrells

Smithfield's Website

SCANDAL RIDDEN COMPANY

or." The Rest of the Story"In 2011, a Chinese court sentenced five people to lengthy prison terms for their roles in feeding clenbuterol hydrochloride, a dangerous additive, to pigs destined for consumers. One of the companies implicated in the scandal was Shuanghui International, China’s largest chilled meat process

Their answer ... "Shuanghui Group would like to make an apology as Jiyuan Shuanghui, a subsidiary company of Shuanghui Group, was disclosed to have been involved in the Clenbuterol case," More

CHINESE RICE IS DANGEROUS

Luo Xi-Wen, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, “heavy metal contamination has polluted more than 20 million hectares of land, which accounts for one-sixth of our country’s arable land.”

"In parts of Southern China, large swathes of land were found to be contaminated with cadmium, with over 60 percent of the rice crop in these areas contaminated with unsafe levels of the heavy metal." Link

China-Free Index


The Real Chinese Threat

"Chinese actors are the world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage. Chinese attempts to collect U.S. technological and economic information will continue at a high level and will represent a growing and persistent threat to U.S. economic security. The nature of the cyber threat will evolve with continuing technological advances in the global information environment."

2012 Report to Congress on Chinese Military  .pdf

"China is developing its limited military forces only to protect its national independence and sovereignty," Hong said. "No country needs to worry if it harbors no hostility toward China." Link


I can't make this stuff up:

Two Flies Only .... Authorities in the Chinese capital have set new standards for public toilets, including a stipulation that they should contain no more than two flies. " Link


CHINA ARRESTS CHRISTIANS

"Beijing police have arrested dozens of Christian worshippers from a "house church" - one not formally recognised by the government - when they tried to pray outdoors, " Link (April 10)

"Officially an atheist country, China nonetheless has an army of officials whose job is to watch over faith-based activities, which have spread rapidly in the wake of massive social change and economic uncertainty since economic reforms began 30 years ago.

Party officials are put in charge of Catholics, Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, and Protestants. Judaism isn't recognized, and worship in nonrecognized temples, churches, or mosques is against the law. " Link

China and the USA are ... "Officially Atheist" and Christians are under siege in both countries ....!


Chinese General Threatens the Phillipines

Is there a rift in military/party ranks over the status of off shore islands?

“The biggest miscalculation of the Philippines is that it has misestimated the strength and willpower of China to defend its territorial integrity,” Gen. Luo wrote (in Chinese).

Gen. Luo’s comments, appearing in a tabloid published by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, demonstrate a growing impatience within at least some parts of the People’s Liberation Army and the ruling Communist Party over disputes in the South China Sea, which are claimed in whole or part by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei." Link


Chinese Don't Trust Dairy Products

67 percent of the 1,290 survey respondents doubting the quality of dairy drinks.

and here's why!

Source of tainted milk still a secret

BEIJING - Four days after it was announced that a batch of milk produced by China's biggest dairy manufacturer was tainted with excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin, the company says the culprit was mildewed feed, but it still refuses to reveal the batch number and the source of the raw milk." Link

ChinaFreeFish (and food)


Chinese Illegal Drug Seizure

BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities broke up more than 1,800 dens that made or sold counterfeit drugs in cases that involved 3.35 billion yuan (530 million U.S. dollars) in a two-year crackdown, according to the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).


Human Rights, Rule of Law in China U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), “I opposed PNTR for China, given its abysmal human rights record, unfair trade practices, and disdain for the rule of law. Over a decade later, we can see that economic engagement with and trade liberalization for China did not produce political liberalization and thus granting PNTR was a mistake. Documented in the Commission’s report is a clear picture of a China where human rights lawyers disappear, ‘black jails’ illegally imprison those who seek to voice dissent, Falun Gong practitioners are mercilessly persecuted, and the internet is censored by thought police."


MORE BAD FOOD .... CHINA

"A string of food and additive safety incidents, including the high-profile clenbuterol-tainted pork scandals, have brought the effectiveness of the country's various food-related laws and regulations into question.

Clenbuterol, commonly known as "lean meat powder" in China, has been in the spotlight since March when the country's largest meat processor, Henan-based Shuanghui Group, was found to be purchasing pigs that had been fed with the chemical, which can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations in humans." Don't Eat Chinese

LIVE CHINA FREE

CHINESE AUTHORITIES have arrested 2,000 suspects and shut down more than 4,900 businesses as part of a national campaign to crack down on illegal additives in food, after a raft of food safety scares. Link

TOYS MADE IN THE USA


CHINA: SLAVERY ..." China has the biggest penal colony in the world - a top secret network of more than 1,000 slave labour prisons and camps known collectively as "The Laogai". And the use of the inmates of these prisons - in what some experts call "state sponsored slavery" - has been credited with contributing to the country's economic boom.

Al-Jazeera Special

You support it .........

The Laogai ...

Chinese Christians Persecuted and Imprisoned .... the Martyrs

Prisoners make your Christmas Lights .... Slaves


Goebbels Alive and Well in China

CHINA "They include increased controls over social media and penalties for those spreading "harmful information".

The Xinhua news agency quotes regulators as saying that efforts will be stepped up "to stop rumours and punish individuals and websites spreading rumours".

Goebbels "It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."  

Just as the Chinese control Free Speech they control the "Free Internet" ... but then certain elements in this country fear the Internet too ....

Extend First Amendment protections to the Internet


China waging a cyber-war

By Austin B. Smith

"The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee accused China on Tuesday of industrial cyberespionage against the U.S., calling it “brazen and widespread theft of intellectual property from foreign commercial competitors.”

“China’s economic espionage has reached an intolerable level,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, D-Mich. “Beijing is waging a massive war on all of us, and [the U.S. and its allies] should band together and pressure them to stop.” ARMY TIMES


Georgia Chopsticks!

Selling USA to China!

Made in the USA

“Right now we are making about two million pairs of chopsticks per day but we are increasing," says Jae Lee, president of Georgia Chopsticks. "End of this month, we’ll have seven machines coming in, so it’ll increase to like four million per day. End of this year, we’ll produce 10 million per day.”

Lee, a Korean-American, says the global market for chopsticks is huge because about one-third of the world’s population uses them. Japan alone goes through about 23 billion pairs of the disposable utensils each year."


China: Selling Stolen Babies

" authorities in the southern Chinese province of Hunan have begun investigating a report that population control officials had seized at least 16 babies born in violation of strict family planning rules, sent them to state-run orphanages, and then sold them abroad for adoption. “Before 1997, they usually punished us by tearing down our houses for breaching the one-child policy, but after 2000 they began to confiscate our children,” Link more from PRI


Chinese Handicap Slaves Sold!

Buy Chinese .....NO NO NO

Credit ... and story

Seventeen thousand children and women were freed by police and 15,673 suspects arrested between April 2009 and September 2010

"Eleven mentally disabled workers forced to work in slave-like conditions in Xinjiang, fed the same food as dogs and beaten for every mistake they made, at no salary and unable to escape. Forced labour is still widespread in China, in what is tantamount to a modern version of slavery. The government says it is fighting the problem, but the latter has a way of reappearing on a regular basis."

"The workers were apparently rounded up in the county of Qu in Sichuan Province by a man running what was supposed to be a charitable organisation.

The Quxian Beggars' Adoption Agency then sold the workers to a factory making construction materials in the county of Toksun in Xinjiang.

According to the Global Times, it received 9,000 yuan (850, $1,350) for each employee. It was also paid 300 yuan a month for each worker." The Rest of the Story BBC


60 million Christians are believed to worship in China's independent churches, compared with about 20 million who worship in the state church,

China's Communist government allows worship only in state-approved churches, but many Christians belong to unregistered congregations. Such "house churches" are subjected to varying degrees of harassment by authorities.


APPLE/CHINA

Slave Like Conditions

"Workers claim that, if they turn down excessive demands for overtime, they will be forced to rely on their basic wage: workers in Chengdu are paid only 1,350 yuan (125-US-$200) a month for a basic 48-hour week, equivalent to about 65p (US$1.00) an hour." Link


This is the China of the Shadows

"  the most desperately poor villages, have turned into full-time baby machines, squeezing out children-for-sale in the shadows of their dirt-floor shacks. "Before, we made money by raising pigs," says a 23-year-old woman who sold two children just days after they were born. "But it takes a year to raise a pig and it's expensive to feed. A baby takes only nine months and doesn't cost any money." Link


China Doesn't Need a Tsunami to poison it's people ... they do it all the time!

HANGZHOU, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Lead emissions from a battery plant located in a residential area has poisoned more than 100 villagers in east China's Zhejiang Province, local environmental authorities said Friday.

A total of 139 people from three villages in Luqiao District, Taizhou, were tested as having elevated lead blood levels, including 35 children, the Zhejiang Health Department said in a statement." Link


China's International Sex Mafia-Ghana

Anas Aremeyaw Anas Reports

The non-African expatriate community is the clientele. Peach Blossom Palace is the\par wholesale outlet from where the "goods" are marketed and sold. Poor, innocent and vulnerable Chinese girls, some as young as 19, are the human commodity on sale paraded in front of the clients like pieces of meat in a butcher shop window. They are lured here with promises of honest, well-paid jobs, only to have their passports and return tickets\par confiscated. Link

Biographical info and more of the story

Video


FREE SPEECH DEMANDED

Former Chinese Communist Party officials call for more free speech

"the current policy created a "false democracy of affirming in principle and denying in actuality is a scandal in the history of democracy,"

MORE MELAMINE 

"BEIJING, China - Police have arrested six suspects and detained another 41 for allegedly participating in the production and distribution of melamine-tainted milk powder, food safety authorities said over the weekend.

In the latest national crackdown on toxic milk products, as of Friday the police had seized 227 tons of newly discovered melamine-contaminated milk powder after the previous nationwide crackdown in 2008." Link

22 mainland China baby-formula companies out of 109 to failed a government test for tainted milk.

The United Nations' food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission, has set the maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula to 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed to 2.5 mg/kg. While not legally binding, the levels allow countries to ban importation of products with excessive levels of melamine.

What is Melamine.... Melamine is combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic used in Formica, and melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, dry erase boards, fabrics, glues, housewares, guitar saddles, guitar nuts, and flame retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150, a colorant in inks and plastics. Link


China has launched a six-month crackdown 

"China has launched a six-month crackdown on unsafe meat as part of its efforts to ensure that food eaten in the world's most populous country is safe, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).." People's Daily

Herrickreport.com wonders what happens after the 6-months ... crappy unsafe food as usual??


MORE CHINESE TAINTED HONEY 

 GERMAN COMPANIES INVOLVED!!

"The US government announced criminal charges Wednesday against executives from six German and Chinese companies accused of smuggling antibiotic-tainted Chinese honey in order to avoid import duties." Link

"It allegedly bought low-cost honey from several Chinese suppliers and then shipped it to other countries where it was filtered to "remove pollen and other trace elements that could indicate that the honey originated from China," Link

See additional archives at the Herrickreport.com

BUY TEXAS HONEY


Chinese Children Making it Cheaper

" .... in August 2006 a group of 86 child workers as young as 12 were organized by their high school teacher to work 10-15 hours a day at a fruit-processing factory in Ningbo city. This was no small, dingy domestic factory but a model state-owned factory (longtou qiye). Once discovered, the factory was fined 110,000 RMB. The children were not compensated, but were simply sent home with their 650 RMB wages for their month of work. Their teacher disappeared before she could be charged. In 2007 Hong Kong labour activists found over 200 student workers under 16 years of age working at Yonghong Electronics, a supplier factory for US computer giant Dell Inc." 

Link 


Would you allow your child to work 60 hours a week as a low paid slave? So why buy products made by slaves?

Chinese Violate more Policies ....

This child was not at an Apple Plant ... but she was required by Chinese school officials to make fireworks in her school ... 42 children died in the resulting fire ..many injured. KH

" In March 2001, 42 people, most of them third and fourth-graders, were killed in an explosion at a school. The school blow up because the Chinese use young students to make fireworks in order to keep the price lower than their competitors. The younger students are required to assemble at least 1,000 fireworks a day while the older children, fifth-graders, are required to make ten times that many ...." Link



APPLE USES CHILD LABOR 

As often reported at the herrickreport.com China and their foreign associates are using underage workers ... child slaves

Last Year: Death of a Child Laboror  at a Disney Plant in China

Technology giant Apple has admitted that child labour has been employed at some of the factories that build its iPods, computers and mobile phones.

An audit found that at least eleven 15-year-old children were found to be working in three factories that supply Apple in the last year." Link

Foxconn runs a number of super-factories in the south of China, some of which employ as many as 300,000 workers and form self-contained cities, complete with banks, post offices and basketball courts.

It has been accused, however, of treating its employees extremely harshly. China Labor Watch, a New York-based NGO, accused Foxconn of having an "inhumane and militant" management, which neglects basic human rights. Foxconn's management were not available for comment." Link

Apple Audit report .pdf


"Live China Free"


"# The fear and stigma associated with Chinese sheetrock, also known as toxic drywall, make it hard to sell a home, insure a home, and refinance a home.
# The bulk of the material was imported between 2001 and 2008, but some reports seem to indicated that Chinese drywall problems have shown up in homes built as early as 1997."Link

ed. note ...  Chinese Drywall was reported on the site a year ago and it is reported as unsafe!


Canadian Wants China's One Child Policy

One World Planetary Law to force One Child Policy just like our banker China!

Chinese policy of forced sterilization and baby murder is "smart policy"


The Chinese Communist Economic Bubble

A Study: Macro-Economics and the Communist Command Economy

CHINA  

But don't confuse fast growth with sustainable growth. Much of China's growth over the past decade has come from lending to the United States. The country suffers from real overcapacity. And now growth comes from borrowing -- and hundreds of billion-dollar decisions made on the fly don't inspire a lot of confidence. For example, a nearly completed, 13-story building in Shanghai collapsed in June due to the poor quality of its construction." Link


CHINA SELLS ITS CHILDREN

"An investigation by the state-owned Southern Metropolis News found that about 80 girls in one county had been sold for $3,000 (1,800) to foreigners.

The babies were taken when the parents could not pay the steep fines imposed for having too many children.

Local officials may have forged papers to complete the deals,


Chinese Condoms put Alabama Factory out of Business

"U.S. Agency for International Development, which has distributed an estimated 10 billion U.S.-made AIDS-preventing condoms in poor countries around the world.

But not anymore.

In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China."


Another  Dangerous Chinese Product!

"My biggest fear is we'll be stuck with a house we can't sell," said Marty Smith, whose air conditioner in his home near Tampa has had repeated problems. His builder, Lennar Corp., recently tested the air and drywall in his house and expects the results in a few weeks. WSJ-story

Update ....... Lennar, confirmed that tainted Chinese-made drywall in Scott's and four adjacent town homes on Hillview Lane emitted sulfuric fumes that corroded the unit's coils and raised an occasional stink.

"We would notice odors in the upstairs bathroom," Scott said. "The humidity brings out the sulphur in the walls."

Tainted Chinese Drywall   for more information  ChineseDrywall.com

Live China Free ........ an archive of the herrickreport.com


AMERICAN'S CHINESE CHRISTMAS

Brought to you by the slaves of China .... Ten to 12 to 15-hour shifts, seven days a week are the norm during the long, eight-month busy season.  Workers can go for months without a single day off.  At a minimum, workers are at the factory an average of 84  hours a week, while toiling 77 hours.  However, at least half the workers, some 4,000 people, are routinely at the factory 105  hours a week and working 95 hours, including 55 hours of overtime, which exceeds China's legal limit by 562 percent.  Any working daring to take a Sunday off will be docked 2 days' wages as punishment." the slaves of China .

National Labor Committee


Strangely the cough medicine from China that killed 400+ in Panama is now a teething drug in Africa killing again!! "Panamanian-made medications, primarily for allergies and coughs, which used ingredients imported from China and Spain.
Judicial authorities are examining a total of 705 cases -- 471 of whom died and 234 who were afflicted in some way -- and determined that most had c
onsumed contaminated cough syrup."

"Nigerian medical authorities are flying in 100 doses of an antidote to try and stem the deaths of babies poisoned by a contaminated teething syrup.

The number of children who have died from kidney failure after being given the tainted
paracetamol-based remedy called "My Pikin" has risen to 34. " 


EU Bans Imports of Soy from China in New Melamine Scare

The executive branch of the EU, the European Commission, said in a statement Wednesday that they "will take measures to ban the import from China of food for infants and young children containing soya and soya products, after high levels of melamine were recently found in Chinese soybean meal."

The measures include a complete ban on children's food containing soya, and compulsory testing on all other soy-related foods and on shipments of baking powder (ammonium bicarbonate), 
New Melamine Scare


China's new slave empire

"Out of desperation, much of the continent is selling itself into a new era of corruption and virtual slavery as China seeks to buy up all the metals, minerals and oil she can lay her hands on: copper for electric and telephone cables, cobalt for mobile phones and jet engines - the basic raw materials of modern life.

It is crude rapacity, but to Africans and many of their leaders it is better than the alternative, which is slow starvation."


BUY CHINESE ... HELP SLAVERY


Chinese Human Rights Violations

State Department Report

What a Great Country!!

 try leaving !! 

Video of Chinese Troops Killing Unarmed Escaping Civilians .... Video

"Tibetans continued to encounter substantial difficulties and obstacles in traveling to India for religious, educational, and other purposes. The government placed restrictions on the movement of Tibetans during sensitive anniversaries and events and increased controls over border areas at these times. There were reports of arbitrary detention of persons, particularly monks, returning from Nepal. Detentions generally lasted for several months, although in most cases no formal charges were brought.

Border guards continued to use force to prevent unauthorized border crossings. On October 18, PAP border guards reportedly shot at 46 Tibetans attempting to enter Nepal at the Nangpa La pass. In September 2006 Chinese border forces at the Nangpa La pass shot at a group of approximately 70 Tibetans attempting to enter Nepal, killing one and injuring others. The group included monks, nuns, and children."  State Department Report

"Some ignorant monks in Lhasa abetted by a small handful of people did some illegal things that can challenge the social stability." China Responds to protest against the Olympics 


Chinese Unemployment of ..... 23% or 300 Million Without Real Jobs

"The official long-term policy is for as many as 800 million people to migrate to the cities from the virtually stagnant rural areas where subsistence agriculture does not support them and is an impediment through land dispersion to a reform of agriculture.

Some foreign academics working with Chinese officials came up with a guesstimate of 15 percent of the urban population as currently unemployed. The Rand Corporation (Rand Report)  factored included those in the countryside who effectively have nothing to do and came up with a figure of 23 percent of the workforce being without a job. " Or 300,000,000 People without jobs!

Herrickreport.com asks ... what do you do with 300 Million unemployed and then have a recession that may add millions more.... if the past explains the future the Russians should be warily of the Chinese and the Russian Eastern Siberian Provinces.

"Research by RAND indicates that when proper allowance is made for "disguised" rural unemployment as well as "unregistered" urban unemployment, China's actual unemployment rate soars to an estimated 23% of the total labor force. (The term "disguised" unemployment refers to labor that is reported as nominally employed, but in fact does not add to output -- in the U.S. labor market, "featherbedding" is a nearly-equivalent term)." (Rand Report) 


China's mines are considered the most dangerous in the world. More than 4700 workers were killed last year, according to official figures, although independent labour groups put deaths at up to 20,000 annually.


China ... again.. " ... lead is still so common that researchers say up to one-fifth of Chinese children tested had unsafe levels in their blood."

More B.S. from China  "The quality of Chinese-made toys with American brands should be the responsibility of the American brand owner, not the Chinese manufacturer,"

State Food and Drug Administration

Chinese State Council


750,000 a year killed by Chinese Pollution

"The Financial Times said the (World) Bank report, entitled 'Cost of Pollution in China', found up to 760,000 people die prematurely each year in China because of air and water pollution.  Financial Times Report

High levels of air pollution in China's cities leads to 350,000-400,000 premature deaths, it said. Another 300,000 die because of poor-quality air indoors."  BBC


Chinese on the Bush/Dalai Lama Award

"For the US Congress to take this action and the US leader to meet with the Dalai Lama is a severe violation of the norms of international relations," Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi 

"We express our extreme dissatisfaction and strong opposition. We urge the US side to cancel these activities."

Answer ..... No!

"The Dalai Lama is hailed in much of the world as a figure of moral authority, but Beijing reviles the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and claims he seeks to destroy China's sovereignty by pushing for independence for Tibet, where the Dalai Lama is considered a god-king." Link

So called Tibetan Leader ... 

Tibet's Communist Party Secretary of Tibet, Zhang Qingli, "We are furious,"     "If the Dalai Lama can receive such an award, there must be no justice or good people in the world." Chinese Crap


Chinese Claim 80% Food Certification!

Now you guess which 20% not to eat!!

"BEIJING, Oct. 18 -- China has established new schemes to improve quality supervision of food products. That's according to Li Changjiang, the Director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

    He spoke at a press conference on the sidelines of the Party Congress.

    Li Changjiang said the recent four-month campaign to improve food safety has achieved good results. Around 80 percent of food manufacturers across the country have been certified." Link


From the archives of the Herrickreport.com

Levi-Strauss moves all of it's plants overseas... China and other places.

the hell with American Workers.... the Hell with Levis

"We're still an American brand, but we're also a brand and a company whose products have been adopted by consumers around the world,"  ....  "We have to operate as a global company."  oh well American in what way?


Mayor of Palm Bay Florida wants to be CHINA FREE!

Mayor of Palm Bay Florida wants to be CHINA FREE!

Mayor John Mazziotti said. "There is no free trade anymore. Good manufacturing jobs we want here are all gone to China,"

" Last month, he recommended another ordinance that would prohibit the city from purchasing goods from China in the wake of numerous recalls of Chinese-made products because of safety concerns." Link


A Chinese Population Equal to the USA has No Safe Drinking Water!

"Nearly 312 million rural Chinese residents have no access to safe drinking water, facing problems of shortage as well as severe contamination. These rural populations, typically the most disadvantaged groups in China, suffer frequent and serious health attacks as a result of drinking unsafe water. The threats come from both naturally occurring contaminants such as arsenic, fluorine, and salt as well organic and industrial pollution caused by human activities." Link   .... I think it's worse ... Chinese officials won't drink it!


CHILD FORCED LABOR PRODUCES EXPORTS TO THE USA 

Why do we buy such products?  .....  By buying these goods we are exploiting children!  We would not allow it here .... but we consider it an internal Chinese problem not ours and besides ... they are just Chinese Children ... What Racism!    KMH 

"Even more noteworthy is the fact that - compared to adult workers - child workers tend to be more docile and compliant, submit more readily to their employers’ arbitrary extension of work hours and do not demand overtime pay. Moreover, because hiring child workers is illegal, employers can avoid paying various legally-mandated social security fees on their behalf, making the cost of employing child labour even lower. In addition, some of the physiological characteristics of child workers meet employers’ specific needs in terms of production and management. For example, their fingers are nimble, their eyesight is good, and, in some types of work, they can be more productive than adults."

From the China-Labor Organization Research.


FDA on Chinese Fish Products ... urp!


European Union ... 

"EU toy safety rules will be revised by the end of the year, the European Commission said Tuesday, responding to concerns sparked by three high-profile recalls of Chinese-made toys by a U.S. company this year.

The new rules will update EU guidelines set in 1988 and target toxic substances and any components that might harm children"  Link


A List of Western Boot Manufacturers but realize that even if they say ... XYZ San Antonio Texas they may still be made in China.   


China ... " ... lead is still so common that researchers say up to one-fifth of Chinese children tested had unsafe levels in their blood."

More B.S. from China  "The quality of Chinese-made toys with American brands should be the responsibility of the American brand owner, not the Chinese manufacturer,"

State Food and Drug Administration

Chinese State Council


Lead Paint is a huge issue and was not an accidental nor a mistaken production error.  The large number of " lead paint recalls" from many Chinese companies can not be an "opps I'm we screwed up". The Chinese are well aware of the dangers of lead paint and this can only be a intentional .... lead adds brightness to colors; durability, flexibility (and yep Cheap!)  to the paint. Ben Franklin knew it ... letter he wrote ....  SO ... we know why; I repeat ...CHEAP... but why chance the loss of the American markets? Because they are buying politicians now and a presidency in the past. They do not expect to be really punished.  So we can bitch and moan and protect our children and buy higher priced .... and safer toys and children's furniture, beds and accessories  from other sources .. or just let them "Eat Paint"  ..... Read the National Safety Council on lead and children  then decide.  KH


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Chinese Authorities .... say .. "Li also hit out at foreign companies exploiting China's cheap production costs and warned that they risk getting shoddy products if they demand too low a price from Chinese manufacturers.

"If you give a high price for purchasing, the factories will use high quality raw materials to produce. But if the price is low, they can only use inferior raw materials,"  (So if our price is cheap ... we will send you shoddy, dangerous crap!)

"The main "business" of the women's section of the Masanjia Labor Camp is textile production. Not only are the detainees not paid, but also their work hours and workloads are pushed to the limit to "boost productivity and profits."

" over a thousand school- aged children have been working as slaves in brick factories in China's Shanxi province. The conditions described are atrocious: children as young as 8 hauling bricks for over ten hours a day and facing regular beatings." Link

"One of the twelve currently on trial, Wang Bingbing, was a boss at the Kiln factory. Wang happens to be the son of the secretary of a local branch of China's ruling Communist Party."  The Party knows best !!!


And What do the Chinese say: "I dare not eat farmed fish or meat because most are fed with growth pills or pumped with bad additives. I worry about vegetables in case they are tainted with pesticide. I even think twice about the water I drink because it might contain heavy metals."  .......... "I think foreign food is less risky. Even though they are not as fresh, I trust products from the US, Europe and Japan because those countries protect their environments. Sometimes when I see foreigners blithely eating raw lettuce in Chinese restaurants, I worry for them."   Link


But who is watching the exports in China

" ..... the exceedingly high levels of pesticide residues in Chinese food products may pose significant problems for international sales, especially in Europe, Japan and the U.S., where food safety standards are more stringent and more strictly enforced." Link

 "China's contamination problems stem in large part from its loose regulations and highly fragmented food production. Hundreds of millions of small farmers grow its food, and they rely heavily on chemicals to coax production out of intensively cultivated soils and to fight pests.

The result: "China has one of the world's highest rates of chemical fertilizer use per hectare, and Chinese farmers use many highly toxic pesticides, including some that are banned in the United States," according to a report published last November by the economic-research service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture." Link


KRAFT FOOD ... "If a product (or component of a product) is manufactured in a country other than the United States, the packaging will reflect this information. The label will state: Product of ....   .... If no statement is made about production in a foreign country, the entire product was made in the US"   More letter .... here


Where does your Vitamin C come from?

"Four Chinese producers now supply the majority of the global demand for this vitamin, selling at prices well below the numbers that are feasible for DSM and the other remaining European vitamin maker, BASF."  2005

After reading this entry I'm sure your Vitamin C and most of the rest of them come from ....CHINA!  Link         


From Canada more uh-oh news... "...manufacturers can proudly display a Product of Canada label as long as they incur 51 per cent of manufacturing costs inside the country, no matter where the ingredients come from."  Link

"Take Europe's Best asparagus as an example. It's actually from China, which experts say is ridden with unscrupulous producers who deliberately contaminate some food exports."

Say it isn't so .... Peanuts from China!   

"There's a lot of talk that because China is growing and their demand is growing, that they will actually stop exporting peanuts and might even begin importing. However, their crop this year is up by 10 percent, and 10 percent of a 14-million metric ton crop is the size of the entire U.S. crop. I doubt anyone knows how much China is exporting." Link

But New Varieties from Australia! ....Link


Reform through Labor ... Slave Labor

"The Laogai Research Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the United States, estimates that there are almost 1,100 labor institutions in the Laogai system with an estimated 6.8 million inmates."  Link

Where cheap products can be made cheaper!!  Buy from  a Laogai! (sarcasm!)


BEIJING (AP) - China has launched a new campaign to restore international trust in its products with a weeklong television series defending the country's safety standards.

But! As in all China stories, first hammer the critics .... " Personally, I believe it is new trend in trade protectionism. Although recalls are necessary, it is unfair to decide that all products made in China are unqualified," Li Changjiang, director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, .... (Is he expecting to get shot too?!)      ..... Full Story

    Chinese Sources: White Paper on Food Quality and Safety


FDA Recalls


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Kent M. Herrick, Editor in Chief, 2011

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