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WORLD
July 5, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
While international concern over China's food and product safety has focused on exports to the United States and other countries, a report published Wednesday suggests that it is the Chinese people who have the most to fear. A government watchdog says that more than 99% of the foods exported to the United States met Chinese quality standards, slightly higher than the safety score of U.S. foods imported into China.
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BUSINESS
July 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A seasoning made with imported Chinese ingredients used on recalled snack foods was contaminated with salmonella, a company executive said Tuesday. The snack foods sickened dozens of people. The seasoning, used on Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks and Veggie Booty snack foods, tested positive for the bacteria, said Robert Ehrlich, chief executive of Robert's American Gourmet Food Inc. The "veggie" seasoning's ingredients came primarily from China, the company said.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The list of quality-compromised goods from China got longer Thursday as federal authorities slapped a highly unusual hold on shrimp and certain fish from that country after tests showed contamination from potentially harmful drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said it would block all shipments from China of farm-raised shrimp, catfish, eel and two other kinds of fish until importers can produce independent test results showing the items to be free of drugs banned in U.S. fish farming.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
With shelves stocked with products including cooking oil, milk, tea, soy sauce, shampoo, vitamins and bandages, the showroom looks like a mini-supermarket. But none of the items are for sale -- they are all fake goods confiscated by the Chinese government in its uphill battle to tackle food safety problems and reduce counterfeiting.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Turning the tables on the United States amid growing worries over Chinese products, Beijing said Friday that some health supplements and raisins imported from the U.S. failed to meet safety standards and were returned or destroyed. In Washington, a Food and Drug Administration official said the agency was seeking more information, including whether the Chinese move was based on "bona fide, science-based findings" or in retaliation for U.S. actions. U.S.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supervalu Inc. said it was recalling some ground beef sold in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot stores because it was believed to be contaminated with E. coli. Most of the products were sold under the Moran's label at Albertsons stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and at Save-A-Lot stores in Arizona, California and Nevada.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Food safety officials Wednesday announced a recall of U.S.-made animal and fish feed products that contained melamine, the chemical linked to sickness and death in thousands of pets. The Food and Drug Administration said the risks to human health were "very small" from eating cattle, sheep, goats, fish or shrimp that might have ingested feed produced by Tembec BTLSR Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, and Uniscope Inc. of Johnstown, Colo. Both companies have voluntarily recalled the products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Salad Cosmo USA Corp. is recalling alfalfa sprouts because the product could be contaminated with salmonella, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The Dixon-based company said the recalled sprouts are packaged in 2.5-ounce plastic containers with white and green labels and clear 1-pound bags with blue labels under the brand name Salad Cosmo Alfalfa Sprouts.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China says checks on food exporters have turned up no sign of a chemical blamed for the deaths of cats and dogs in North America and urged U.S. authorities to refrain from further action against Chinese producers. The government body that oversees food safety said it accompanied U.S. inspectors on visits to two companies blamed for the contamination.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 56,000 pigs that were fed contaminated pet food scraps are safe to be eaten, the Agriculture Department said. The all-clear allows the pigs to be slaughtered for human consumption. They had been on hold or under quarantine in seven states: California, Illinois, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah.
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