All Seems To Be Made In China

By Ben Thomson


These days, it seems that everything is made in China. This includes tires that are missing a primary safety component, toothpaste that has antifreeze in it, seafood that has potentially dangerous antibiotics in it and pet food with poison in it. Consumers in the US are becoming somewhat wary of products that are made in China. However, it's nearly impossible to purchase products that aren't made in China.

Ever since the deaths of some cats and dogs in North America, Chinese exports have been in the spotlight. This was followed by a warning about Chinese seafood that was contaminated and a recall of radial tires that were made in China. However, it's very difficult to avoid the label of made in China. This is true even in the shoe department of J.C. Penney. Rebook shoes are made in Indonesia or China and Sketchers and Adidas shoes are also made in China. If you do find some shoes that are made in the USA you'll find that they are rather expensive.

If you look at candies that don't have a label that says made in China, but a former US Food and Drug Administration official has reported that most are likely made with a minimum of one ingredient that originates in China. Usually, the candy wrappers simply list the distributer of the candy in the US and therefore so the readers of labels can't determine where the gum arabic found in a pack of Mentos, the carageeen in a Baby Ruth candy bar or the vanillin in a Nestle Crunch bar. Many other preservative and flavoring additives as well as those three ingredients usually come from companies in China. Chinese companies produce about 80% of the wheat gluten in the world, which is usually used in most cookies, cakes, and bread. In addition about 80% of its sorbic acid, which is a preservative, is used in almost everything.

Even in sporting goods section of Wal-Mart all of the tennis rackets are made in China. In the toy section most of the products originated from China, such as games, stuffed animals, toy vehicles, and action figures. Packages of Hot Wheels miniature cars that were once manufactured in the U S are now manufactured in Thailand, Malaysia, or China. A cribbage board was also manufactured in China.

In the small appliance section all of the toasters and all but one of the coffee makers were manufactured in China. Many consumers consider the value from the fact that appliances that are manufactured in China are everywhere, but when it comes to food products and ingredients, companies should be more careful about tracking their supply chains.

When you're considering purchasing drugs and foods, in addition to the issue of quality, there's also an issue of safety. It's a completely different if your food is unsafe unlike a toaster that doesn't work because you can always simply just take it back to where you bought it from.




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