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You’ve seen it on your Facebook news stream, right?  USDA Says: Okay To Ship U.S. Chickens to China for Cheap Processing Then Back Home For You to Eat

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I got curious because I didn’t see any citations or credits, okay?

I’m not going to pick on the particular site that posted this because they have a little “new” flag next to the article but the truth is – it’s a repost of a story released by the New York Times on November 7, 2014, and the first use of the photo I could find in a Google search is dated April, 2011.

Now, the article caught my eye because the photo is, well, disturbing.  Anyone who has ever worked in a commercial kitchen knows how disgusting chicken can be.  And because the high risk of salmonella poisoning and cross-contamination, no other food is placed near raw chicken and all knives, cutting boards and surfaces in contact with raw chicken is doused with bleach to disinfect the area.

So I see this picture and I’m thinking Gross!  They’re not even wearing gloves!

Okay.  So, I’ve established that this is old news with an even older photo.  So what gives?

It’s my growing outrage with imported products MADE IN CHINA.

Last time I went grocery shopping there was an excellent deal on frozen tilapia. I looked to see where the fish came from – hoping and praying it was a local fishery.  No such luck.  It came from China, of course.  Why am I not surprised?  I put it back and walked away.  There is fresh tilapia and bass in the lake.  I just need to get off my ass, get a fishing license and go fishing!

What’s my beef against MADE IN CHINA?

Think about it, folks. How many toy recalls have there been for children & pet toys coming from China because they contain delightful things like lead, arsenic, mercury, bromine, and cadmium? Too many.

 Let’s see what these contaminants do:

  •  Lead: According to the Mayo Clinic, NO amount of lead in the system is good.  In infants, lead may impair growth.  In children, it leads to damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and brain.  It is directly linked to developmental delays.  For adults there could be joint and muscle pain, memory loss, abdominal pain.  In all cases, too much exposure may cause death.
  • Arsenic: According to the CDC, arsenic poisoning affects all organ systems.  Skin lesions, pigmentation, muscle pain and weakness, gastrointestinal issues, renal issues, failure of lungs, kidneys, heart, and liver are common.  Then there is epilepsy, brain damage and hearing loss just to name a few – oh yeah – and death.
  • Mercury: Neurological and nervous system damage tops mercury poisoning symptoms.  Prolonged exposure also affects your bone marrow.  That’s the stuff that’s supposed to create healthy blood cells for your body.  Guess what? If you don’t have healthy blood, you die.
  • Bromine: Now Bromine is a natural substance.  In fact, millions of people use bromine in their pools to replace chlorine.  How can that be bad, right?  Well, prolonged exposure or systematic poisoning will cause lung problems, kidney and brain damage, and gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.  Okay, so this might not kill you right away, but you’d wish you were dead.
  • Cadmium: Prolonged exposure increases your chances for lung disease, COPD, kidney stones, kidney failure and renal dysfunction.  It also affects the calcium in your bones.  A slow, painful way to die.

Sorry about the morbidity.

Keep all that in your mind because if you remember back in 2007, toy manufacturer Mattel imposed the largest toy recall in history.  Mattel recalled 436,000 Chinese-made die-cast toy cars because they were covered in lead paint 180 times over the permitted lead limit.  That was estimated to be about 18 million products congruently because there were also toys which had powerful magnets that are harmful to children if swallowed.  For full disclosure, the magnet thing, though manufactured in China was in fact to Mattel’s design specifications.  Does it make you feel better knowing that?

Baby bibs, clothes and blankets made in China had traces of formaldehyde and lead too.

Now think about all the plastic stuff you have around the house.  Most of us know that putting plastic in the microwave is not exactly safe.  That’s because some (not all) plastic has BPA or bisphenol A.  It’s a cancer-causing agent that seeps out of the plastic when it’s heated.  Maybe you don’t “nuke” plastics.  Okay.  That’s good.  But I bet at some point you participate in outdoor activities and bring that nice bottle of refreshing liquid with you…just baking in the sun’s delightful rays.  Just sayin’…

Additionally

Did you know that China held $1.261 trillion in U.S. Treasuries in March, 2015? So not only do they OWN us, they’re slowly poisoning us too.

Don’t believe me?  In 1971, the U.S. lifted the ban off trade with China.  It allowed U.S. exporters to sell “non-strategic” items.  Here’s a short list: farm, fish and forestry products, fertilizers, agricultural, industrial and office equipment, and certain electronic and communications equipment.

And all so they could sell it back to us processed, poisoned, and in pretty packages.

I did a little more digging.  In a report submitted by several prominent doctors involved with cancer research, “the number of persons living with cancer increased from 3.0 million (1.5% of the U.S. population) in 1971 to 9.8 million (3.5%) in 2001.”  And according to the American Cancer Society, as of January 1, 2014, nearly 14.5 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive.  That number does not include the amount of cancer related deaths.

Well, you know…  Call me crazy or paranoid.  But if it acts like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.  And as a rule, I generally don’t believe in coincidences.  We’re owned and slowly being killed.  Maybe our tombstones will have MADE IN CHINA stamped on the back of it too.  How very cyclical.

But hey – going back to that chicken thing that was mentioned at the beginning of this article…  The message seems very clear to me.  Big business keeps exporting precious raw materials and importing poison.  I think it’s their way of saying FUCK YOU to the American people because their bottom line is more important, right?

Citations for some eye-opening reading:

American Cancer Society.  Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.  http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf

CDC.  MMWR Weekly. Cancer Survivorship — United States, 1971–2001 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5324a3.htm

Kilpatrick, C. (1971).  U.S. Ends Ban on China Trade; Items Are Listed

Curbs Lifted on Shipping to Red Bloc  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/flash/june/china71.htm

Reuters.  (2015).  Who’s Your Debt Daddy? China tops list of US foreign creditors once more.  http://www.cnbc.com/id/102684920

SpokaneCares.org.  Toy Safety.  http://spokanecares.org/index.php?c_ref=713

Story, L. and Barboza, D.  (2007).  Mattel Recalls 19 Million Toys Sent From China.  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/15/business/worldbusiness/15imports.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Strom, S.  New York Times. (2014).  U.S.D.A. to Allow Chicken From Chinese Companies.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/business/usda-to-allow-chicken-from-chinese-companies.html

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