Tainted Drug Scandal: China Makes Arrests, Seizes 77 Million Capsules In Crackdown Of Pills Made From Industrial Waste
BEIJING -- Chinese state media say police have arrested nine people and detained 54 others in a crackdown on chromium-tainted gel capsules made from industrial waste.
The scandal is the latest to rock China's pharmaceutical industry, which suffers from abundant fakery and substandard ingredients.
The official Xinhua News Agency said late Sunday that police have seized 77 million gel capsules and shuttered 80 production lines.
The report said police also arrested a township official in northern China's Hebei province who allegedly ordered the torching of a gel capsule factory owned by his brother in an apparent attempt to evade the crackdown.
There have been no reports of illness of death so far from the tainted gel capsules.
I have been told I must take fish oil tablets, by my doctor. I will not take the cholesterol medications as the side effects are just too scary. Now I wonder if the fish oil capsules I am taking are made in China. It seems that we will be losing no matter what we do.
Were things this bad before we started trading with China?
Sundae Driver ：
I would guess that the only thing you can do to find out where the fish oil capsules come from is to do what I'm doing: Ask your purchase source where they got them from. And hopefully they'll both answer us honestly.
As far as whether things were this bad pre-China, I really don't have any fix on quantity of scandal. I can only state what the Gilda Radner SNL character, Roseann Rosanadana, used to say: "It's always SOMETHING." You can be sure of that ;]
至于开始对华贸易之前事情是不是更糟糕，我真的没有任何确定数量的丑闻。我唯一能确定的是就像Gilda Radner 在《周六夜现场》中扮演的角色Roseann Rosanadana经常说的：“总是有问题的。”你可以相信这个
2、Sundae Driver ：23 hours ago ( 6:05 AM)
Oh, great...I wonder if the company that I buy vitamin supplements from buys them from China.
3、RationalityPlease ：23 hours ago ( 6:10 AM)
We'll start seeing more of this sort of thing, here, if we keep letting the politicians destroy our regulatory agencies.
Buying from China should be a crime, but then how would our traitor ex-politicians and other cronies make such a good living representing China...
5、Juan Carlos Mescalero ：
And you wonder why companies fight to keep "country of origin" stickers off their products.
6、nam medic ：
The list of defective Chinese goods is endless, pet food containing melamine to toothpaste tainted with antifreeze, Chinese seafood were found to be laced with chemicals. Chinese counterfeit glycerin found in cough syrup has been linked to more than 100 deaths in Panama.
Why is the FDA allowing these products into America?
Feeding industrial waste to the populace seems to be SOP in China. For several years now there has been an issue with "counterfeit eggs". It sounds ridiculous on the face of it, but a person can make about $70 a day in china manufacturing "eggs" from industrial byproducts. The finished product is nearly identical in terms of physical properties, but has no nutritional value and frequently contain questionable filler materials. (Questionable meaning stuff you wouldn't feed a pig if you wanted it to grow up healthy.) Counterfeiting is nothing new, obviously, nor is the human willingness to trade short term profits for the lives of others, but at least when its an open war, you know where you stand. People in China are being slaughtered without ever knowing they were in a fight.
I remember this as a big Weibo story from two years ago...
I buy my eggs in a "wet market" from a guy who keeps a chicken coup on the roof of his building that I can see from my apartment in a major city in southern China. They cost .20 RMB per egg
And the GOP want to curb safety regulations and let the free market police itself.
Can the USA produce all our own medicine, please?
I'm not sure how you think producing our own pharmaceuticals under higher quality standards while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs for Americans would be good for this country. :)