Food fifth is back with a vengeance: scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria; prunes with chemical dyes not fit for human consumption; frozen shrimp preserved with a cancer-causing agent.
These stomach-turning (and deadly) foodstuffs are not products from American processing factories -- but from China. With the likes of Wal-Mart scouring the world for the cheapest possible products it can find, China is the fastest-growing source of U.S. food imports, flooding our markets with products unfit to eat. "Low-priced" food, you see, can come at a horrendously high cost.
So, where's our watchdog? The FDA's been reduced to a toothless yard dog. The Wal-Marts don't want fussy inspectors interfering with the smooth flow of their Chinese imports, so the Bushites and Congress have seen to it that only about 0.5 percent of foreign food shipments even get checked. When FDA inspectors do find a container of contaminated food, it's simply returned to the Chinese shipper -- and the tainted products are simply reshipped to our shores, often making two or three attempts to get in.
Yet rather than clamping down at our ports, Bush & amp; Company are about to increase the problem by authorizing companies to import chickens from China. Chickens? Why in hell are our supermarkets going 7,000 miles to get chickens, which America can grow in great abundance and quality in our own backyard? It's not just sanitation that needs to be addressed. It's the globalized system itself that must be confronted.
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