Finally, the FDA, with the speed of world traveling planaria, reacts:
US to detain food shipments from China
[…Under the directive, FDA inspectors at U.S. ports of entry will detain foods from China made with milk and certain ingredients derived from milk. Importers must pay to have their products tested by an independent laboratory that meets FDA standards. Only products found to be melamine-free will be allowed into the country.
The order also applies to pet foods and some bulk protein products, the focus of a melamine recall in 2007.
Essentially, the FDA action shifts the burden of proof to Chinese companies, which must now supply evidence that their products are safe. Most consumers should not be affected, since major U.S. food manufacturers get their milk ingredients here.”The FDA should have acted sooner to ban these milk products from entering the country,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, chairwoman of a panel that oversees the FDA budget. She urged that egg and fish products also be tested, since melamine has been added to animal feed in China.
“Clearly, the problems involving melamine in China are significantly deeper than FDA would have us believe,” DeLauro said….]
I’m thinking this was well timed, since no one is buying anything anyway.
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