Is It Time to Stop Doing Business with China?
• Formaldehyde, used to prolong the shelf life of noodles and tofu;
• Borax, found in detergents and Fiberglass that is used also to preserve fish and meats in Asia;
• Diethylene glycol, a sweet, thickening poison that turned up last week in counterfeit Colgate toothpaste and others marketed under the labels Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint, Cooldent ICE, Dr. Cool, Superdent, Clean Rite, Oralmax Extreme, Oral Bright, Bright Max and ShiR Fresh Mint;
• Produce sprayed with banned pesticides such as DDT; and
• Chinese honey containing the antibiotic chloramphenicol, peppers with pesticides and seafood contaminated with veterinary drugs, to name just a few.
After reading what I have just written, I am scared. I don’t want to buy anything from China—not food, not pet food, not electronics, not clothes, not anything.
American companies that don’t do any business with China would be smart to say so, using a technique articulated by West Coast “Marketing Wizard” Jay Abraham—pre-emptive advertising. An example of pre-emptive advertising is found in Tuesday’s New York Times—a full-page open letter from the president and CEO of Tyson Foods, Richard L. Bond, announcing: “Tyson Fresh Chicken Now Raised Without Antibiotics.”
This implies that Perdue and everybody else in the business is lacing their chickens with potentially harmful antibiotics. How can Perdue reply? It can say, “Uh … gee, we don’t use antibiotics either.” This is brilliant ploy by Tyson, especially at a time when the Chinese are negotiating with the United States and EU to allow the import of poultry products.
Last fall, Chinese authorities discovered farmers in the Hebei province were adding the cancer-causing red dye, Sudan B, to duck feed so that their eggs would have reddish yolks and bring higher prices.
And in the province of Liaoning, a chicken farmer bought 28 bottles of condensed vaccine and inoculated his 10,000 birds from Asian flu. They all died, because the vaccine was of poor quality from an unlicensed factory.