Candy From Denmark Not As Filthy As Previously Reported

Remember when we said exports from countries not named China were also tainted and filthy? It turns out the exports aren’t as tainted and filthy as the New York Times originally reported. The Times explains that a “methodology problem was discovered” after the Danish Embassy complained that their candy was refused by FDA inspectors only 82 times, not 520, as the Times claimed. From the Gray Lady:

When the data was re-analyzed, it showed that the number of candy shipments rejected from Denmark had not been higher than the number of seafood shipments rejected from China, as the article stated. The number of shipments rejected from China was also misstated; it was 331, not 391.

Further, the re-analysis found that the F.D.A. had refused 1,782 shipments of all products from India, not 2,620. The number from Mexico was 1,560, not 1,876; the number from China was 1,901, not 2,723; and the number from the Dominican Republic was 862, not 887.

Eat easier, America. Your imported food is slightly and insignificantly cleaner than we originally thought.

Times Report Miscounted Refusals of Foreign Shipments [NYT]
PREVIOUSLY: Tainted Exports Also Come From Countries Not Named China
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  1. Cowboys_fan says:

    It doesn’t even sound like they care about their screw-up. This does not read like a correction article, nor is there any sense of apology. Basically they can’t count, but now they’ve convinced us they can.

  2. mopar_man says:

    Your imported food is slightly and insignificantly cleaner than we originally thought.

    Somehow I don’t think so. Isn’t the FDA inspection rate only 1%?

  3. rjhiggins says:

    They explained the problem with the methodology and corrected their error. What, you want them to beat their breasts and cry “mea culpa”?

    Humans work for newspapers (and magazines, and blogs). Humans make mistakes. As long as they own up to it and address it prominently, that’s all you can ask.

  4. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    I’ll remember that next time I decide to gorge on Danish candy. @.@

  5. miborovsky says:

    “Candy From Denmark Not As Filthy As Previously Reported”… and neither is seafood from China. Of course, that doesn’t go so well for your fearmongering Sinophobia, so you didn’t really bother to put that in the title, eh?