China Rejects, Destroys Unsafe Food From The United States

China has rejected and destroyed three shipments from the United States that failed to meet China’s notoriously strict food safety standards. China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) objected to the shipments, which contained bee pollen, health capsules, and Sun-Maid Golden Raisins:

“The products failed to meet the sanitary standards of China,” the agency said in a brief notice posted on its Web site. No details were given on when or how the inspections were conducted.

We will be so bold as to suggest that the State Department respond to Beijing with the following: Kettle, this is Pot. You’re black. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

China Blasts U.S. Products’ Safety [AP]


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  1. homerjay says:

    Oh man… I sense a new cold war brewing.

  2. tonkyhonk says:

    @homerjay: Not a cold war, per se, but definitely a trade war.

  3. ConRoo says:

    Amazing, I was just about to start a self-boycott of products from China because of thier shadey and unsanitary manufacturing practices.
    Oooh … definitely feels like a trade war brewing…

  4. catnapped says:


    My sides are splitting!

  5. Don Roberto says:

    Call the Chinese, consumerist. Use your mad phone skillz to figure out what’s really going on.

  6. faust1200 says:

    What’s wrong China? Not enough evil chemical bacteria toxic death in our foodstuffs for you? You know I think we have a few million pounds of ground beef that I’m sure will tickle your palate.

  7. Robert Synnott says:

    In fairness, this sort of thing goes on between the EU and US as well; both reject products for failing differing safety standards. (The EU is particularly down on meat containing certain hormones.)

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

    Way to go, China…what a mature way to handle your own country’s unsafe food issues…well, that is if you were a 6 year old child.

  9. swalve says:

    To be fair, we were just as able to reject their shipments of contaminated toothpaste and gluten. But we didn’t. Shame on us, don’t you think?

  10. satoru says:

    swalve actually the toothpaste isn’t coming from China. The toothpaste problem has been going on in Cuba for YEARS. Many thousands of people became sick there after using a Chinese toothpaste laced with what was basically anti-freeze because it is cheaper than pharma-grade syrup.

    The stuff is showing up at cheap dollar store as they are coming FROM Cuba and other affected countries. They’re basically dumping the stuff onto the dollar stores who need cheap toothpaste.

    Thus the need to ban all Chinese toothpaste because you don’t know where it’s actually coming from.

    The Chinese are great at posturing and such but they have an endemic problem of corruption and lack of policy controls. For every thing you hear in America, there are at least 10 other things that are being reported in Hong Kong of stuff not to eat. And for each Hong Kong story there is another 10 that go unreported because only people in some distant village are wiped out which the government keeps under wraps.

  11. TechnoDestructo says:

    In China’s defense, raisins are pretty gross.

    Also, I’d love to see them stop all imports from the US. That would be hilarious.

  12. ironchef says:

    But at least OUR EXPORTS are MELAMINE FREE.

  13. ironchef says:

    And Anti Freeze Free.

  14. legerdemain says:

    China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ)

    Wow. Is that pronounced “GAK! SICK!”?

  15. hn333 says:

    Someone likes the word “Notorious” today. :P

  16. lore says:

    @Don Roberto: That’s right! Or launch an email carpet bomb.

    @legerdemain: Only in English. :-)

  17. zolielo says:

    @tonkyhonk: And China does not play economically fair and only short-run smarts…

  18. FLConsumer says:

    They have problems with these items but freely allow McDonald’s food?!? Methinks their inspectors have been ingesting too much melamine.

  19. sr71pav says:

    I thought a little poison wasn’t going to hurt anybody? Isn’t that what they told us?

  20. BloggerRadio says:

    Someone mentioned “trade war” I believe … the U.S. would be at a distinct disadvantage I suspect … we’ve already allowed Wal-Mart to penetrate our defenses. Besides, I read somewhere that a someone attempted to live a year without buying anything made in China, and found it near impossible … here are links to those stories, one with a picture of Chinese production facility:…

  21. soapdish says:

    Just because the pot calls the kettle black it doesn’t mean that the kettle isn’t black.

  22. The Walking Eye says:

    You know, if China would just sign up for a credit union, this kinda stuff wouldn’t happen.

  23. notebook says:

    Oooooh. Someone’s getting a hissy fit.

  24. cindel says:

    They just don’t want the U.S. to kill their people; That’s their job!!

  25. The Cynical Librarian says:

    And I’ve really been trying to figure out a definition for Irony, now I can stop thinking.

  26. Namilia says:

    @cindel: I think you missed the ironic point

  27. cindel says:

    @ Namilia: umm, no I didn’t missed the point.

  28. Jasmo says:

    is that girl in the picture holding up a bunch of grapes in the shape of … India? Just wondering.

  29. Crazytree says:

    @satoru: great comment.

  30. fairweather says:

    “The products failed to meet the sanitary standards of China,”

    Just how are raisins more disgusting than soy sauce made from human hair?

  31. Terminixsux says:

    China’s just pissed off because we exposed the “Ancient Chinese Secret.”

  32. lincolnparadox says:

    Now that China is starting to anger pet owners AND corporations, perhaps we’ll see a decrease in the $22 billion dollar trade surplus? It’s never been about how much we sell to China, it’s always been about how much we buy. Tit-for-tat would do the US some good, even if it was only for a 5 year period.

    Granted, it would cripple Wal Mart…

    …so, yay!

  33. rikkus256 says:

    Obviously China is doing revenge to USA for rejecting China’s poison food. China did the same thing to Japan too by “claiming” SKII (a famous Japanese cosmetics brand)) products are poisoned because Japan rejected China’s poison food earlier.

  34. shdwsclan says:

    Basically, these products were TOO high quality. They contain no melanine or newpapers. The actual product content was too pure. The raisins were not inflated with air, the bee polen was not a combination of candle wax and vaseline, and the health capsules were actually health capsules, not just pills filed with sugar.

  35. BII says:

    Boy that’ll teach us to reject their tainted food.

  36. tanaS says:

    Remember SNL Dan Akroid as the toy manufacturer being interviewed by Jane Curtain as a newswoman?
    Akroid was called to task by Curtain’s Character by his company’s product, “Bago O Glass”.

    When she asked why he would sell such an inherently dangerous product he replied by pulling his necktie very tight, and said “…what if someone wanted to kill me? This tie is a lot more dangerous than the toy. It reminds me of the Chinese government’s response to the U.S. baning their imports.