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A Decade of Dangerous Food Imports from China

A Decade of Dangerous Food Imports from China

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China has become an agricultural powerhouse and leading food exporter. Though supermarket labels may not always
indicate it, a growing portion of the American diet is now made in China. In 2009, 70 percent of the apple juice, 43
percent of the processed mushrooms, 22 percent of the frozen spinach and 78 percent of the tilapia Americans ate
came from China.

Unfortunately, it’s not just China’s food that’s reaching American shores — it’s also China’s food safety problems.
China has become an agricultural powerhouse and leading food exporter. Though supermarket labels may not always
indicate it, a growing portion of the American diet is now made in China. In 2009, 70 percent of the apple juice, 43
percent of the processed mushrooms, 22 percent of the frozen spinach and 78 percent of the tilapia Americans ate
came from China.

Unfortunately, it’s not just China’s food that’s reaching American shores — it’s also China’s food safety problems.

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Published by: Food and Water Watch on Jun 06, 2011
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A Decade of
DangerousFood Imports
 from
China
 
 About Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is a non-prot organization working with grassroots organizations around the world to createan economically and environmentally viable future. Through research, public and policymaker education, mediaand lobbying, we advocate policies that guarantee safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainablemanner and public, rather than private, control of water resources including oceans, rivers and groundwater. For moreinformation, visit www.foodandwaterwatch.org.
Food & Water Watch
1616 P St. NW, Suite 300Washington, DC 20036tel: (202) 683-2500fax: (202) 683-2501info@fwwatch.orgwww.foodandwaterwatch.orgCopyright © June 2011 by Food & Water Watch. All rights reserved. This report can be viewed or downloaded at www.foodandwaterwatch.org.
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Executive Summary................................................................................................................................................ivIntroduction...........................................................................................................................................................1China: Agricultural Powerhouse.............................................................................................................................3More Imports, More Risks, More Chemicals............................................................................................................4Melamine...............................................................................................................................................................5Beyond Intentional Adulteration: Commonplace Drug and Chemical Residues in Food.........................................6Asleep at the Switch: Regulatory Failure in the United States and China.................................................................7Trade Trumps Food Safety........................................................................................................................................8U.S. Exports: Agribusinesses, Industrial Farming and Fast Food...............................................................................9Conclusion...........................................................................................................................................................10Recommendations...............................................................................................................................................10Consumer Products..............................................................................................................................................10Appendix 1..........................................................................................................................................................12Appendix 2..........................................................................................................................................................13Endnotes..............................................................................................................................................................14
A Decade of
DangerousFood Imports
from
China

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