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Great job Ronald. Now your useless drinking glasses used to promote a useless film are poisoning kids who drink out of them. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/mcdonalds-recall-shrek-glass-cadmium_n_600355.htmlGreat job Ronald. Now your useless drinking glasses used to promote a useless film are... more
BEIJING — China’s leaders scrambled Saturday to contain public dismay over widespread contamination of milk supplies, criticizing local officials for negligence while moving to tamp down criticism of the government’s response.
Officials promised to keep stores supplied with clean milk and set up medical hot lines nationwide to help people cope with one of the worst product safety scandals in years.
Milk and dairy products from 22 companies have been recalled after batches tainted with the industrial chemical melamine sickened more than 6,200 children and left four infants dead from kidney failure.
Trying to shore up public confidence, Premier Wen Jiabao told senior Communist Party members that official misconduct contributed to the milk contamination and earlier product scandals. He demanded they put public safety “at the top of the agenda.”
In a show of concern, Wen’s chief deputy made a highly publicized trip to a dairy region south of Beijing at the center of the scandal, visiting farms, shops and a hospital, where he urged “all-out efforts on medical treatment” for the sick.
The energetic response underscored the deep challenge the crisis poses for the communist leadership. The government has staked its legitimacy in part on competent management of a rapidly developing society, a reputation it hoped would be burnished by last month’s lavish, well-run Beijing Olympics.
But the post-Olympic accolades have been pushed aside, and the scandal is again baring widespread public skepticism about the government’s abilities to get lower level officials to enforce policies and overcome cover-ups of problems.
In the 10 days since the government revealed that Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group sold tainted milk powder and infant formula, sketchy details have exposed one local government cover-up as well as the sale of contaminated milk by China’s biggest dairies, many of them state-owned.
Recalls of Chinese-made dairy products widened Saturday to Japan, which followed the lead of Singapore, while more products were recalled in the self-governing Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau.
Seeking to rein in criticism, propaganda officials ordered newspapers, TV stations and Web sites to mainly use reports from the government’s official Xinhua News Agency, news employees at two publications reported.
Food and product safety scandals have been a feature of Chinese life. Only last year, the government promised to overhaul inspection procedures after exports of medicines, toys and other products that killed and sickend people in the United States.
Also last year, pet food contaminated with melamine killed thousands of pets in North and South America. The dangerous chemical in the pet food was the same as in the milk scandal -- melamine. Used in making plastics, melamine is high in nitrogen, which registers as protein in tests of milk.
Some of the farmers who sell milk to Chinese food companies are thought to have used melamine to disguise watered-down milk.
BEIJING — China’s leaders scrambled Saturday to contain public dismay over... more
Using polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-based shower curtains in the household may pose a health risk because the curtains of this type release a number of toxic chemicals such as toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and others at the point of purchasing and during at least the first month of use, according to a study released by an environmental group.
How could 66% of the voters think this is not newsworthy? Do you not shower? Do you use an organic hemp canvas shower curtain? Do you know where I can get one?
I guess those glass sliding shower doors have the last laugh, huh?Using polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-based shower curtains in the household may pose a... more
This is my first of a series of animations I would like to do on a variety of issues in the world today, where I write and sing a song and then animate it like this animation. This animation I feel is informative and factual, but at the same time provides a little humor. I hope you all find it entertaining!
PasqualeThis is my first of a series of animations I would like to do on a variety of issues... more
A Look at Who Is in Charge of Testing for Tainted Toys
In the second of a two-part series, NewsHour economic correspondent Paul Solman continues his report on the safety of toys sold in the United States, now focusing on the regulatory agencies intended to safeguard consumers.
(With Newshour Video.)
Link to part one, "Holiday Shopping Season Brings Toy Safety into Focus"
http://current.com/items/88799377_holiday_shopping_season_brings_toy_safety_into_focusA Look at Who Is in Charge of Testing for Tainted Toys In the second of a two-part... more
In its rush to recreate the industrial revolution that made the West rich, China has absorbed most of the major industries that once made the West dirty.
This is the ninth in a series of articles and multimedia examining the human toll, global impact and political challenge of China's epic pollution crisis.
Link to complete coverage:
"A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that if all the goods that the United States imported between 1997 and 2004 had been produced domestically, America's carbon emissions would have been 30 percent higher."In its rush to recreate the industrial revolution that made the West rich, China has... more
Dow Chemical and a unit of Kuwait Petroleum said on Thursday they will form a petrochemicals joint venture to link the Middle East company's vast energy supply with Dow's industry-leading market reach.
The joint venture will manufacture and sell chemicals used in products ranging from plastic bottles, compact disks and computers to agricultural compounds.
"By selectively investing in downstream petrochemical businesses, we are maximizing the value of Kuwait's hydrocarbons resources while diversifying our national economy and increasing job opportunities," Saad Al-Shuwaib, chief executive of Kuwait Petroleum, said in a statement.
Unfortunately, we're all downstream.Dow Chemical and a unit of Kuwait Petroleum said on Thursday they will form a... more
Apparently people have been unknowingly giving some of those zillions of toxic toys as presents this holiday season - how're you supposed to keep track of them all?! With that concern in mind, check out the Healthy Toys site with links to all the bad toys, and avoid the kiddie killers!Apparently people have been unknowingly giving some of those zillions of toxic toys as... more
Investigative reporter Mark Schapiro explains in his new book "Exposed
The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's At Stake for American Power" how toxic chemicals exist in many of the products we handle every day agents that can cause cancer, genetic damage and birth defects, lacing everything from our gadgets to our toys to our beauty products.
The European Union has banned many of the ingredients used to produce these products. Items that violate these regulations are barred from entering the EU and are redirected to the American Market and the FDA does nothing to stop it.Investigative reporter Mark Schapiro explains in his new book "Exposed The Toxic... more
HONG KONG, Thursday, Nov. 8 The story started with a 2-year-old boy who was taken to a suburban Sydney hospital on Oct. 5 in a shallow coma and suffering from seizurelike spasms. It ended with the latest recall of a Chinese-made toy, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the recall of 4.2 million Aqua Dots in the United States on Wednesday evening.
Connecting the two events were four weeks of medical sleuthing by Dr. Kevin Carpenter, a biochemical geneticist in Sydney. Dr. Carpenter discovered that the boy in Sydney had eaten Bindeez beads, celebrated as Australias Toy of the Year.
Once ingested, the beads released a chemical related to GHB, the banned date rape drug. The beads are marketed in North America as Aqua Dots.
Dr. Carpenters story demonstrates how recalls come about, in a time when they are becoming depressingly routine.HONG KONG, Thursday, Nov. 8 The story started with a 2-year-old boy who was taken... more
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Monday sued 20 companies, including Mattel Inc. and Toys "R" Us, claiming they sold toys containing "unlawful quantities of lead."
The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges the companies knowingly exposed children to lead and failed to provide warning of the risk, which is required under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, known as Proposition 65.
If the suit is successful, the companies could pay a $2,500 fine for each violation, according to the complaint.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Monday sued 20... more
Urging shoppers to be vigilant, federal regulators on Tuesday highlighted a broad array of potential toy safety hazards, including the lead-based paint that forced manufacturers to recall millions of popular toys over the past several months.
Consumer groups, though, warned that they found numerous cases where toys that posed a choking hazard or lead danger had improperly made it to store shelves. "Consumers looking for toys still face an industry full of safety loopholes," said the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
Three days before the start of the busy shopping season, Nancy Nord, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued safety tips in a two-page release that called on parents to "stay informed" about safety risks by reading product warning labels and signing up for direct e-mail notification of recalls at www.cpsc.gov.The story Urging shoppers to be vigilant, federal regulators on Tuesday highlighted... more
"Sleeping pills advertised for children, dangerous toys and bottled water taken from local reservoirs are among the world's worst products, a global consumer group said Monday.
In announcing its bad products awards for 2007, Consumers International said the top prize went to the US subsidiary of Japanese firm Takeda Pharmaceuticals for promoting a sleeping drug for children.""Sleeping pills advertised for children, dangerous toys and bottled water taken... more
Has the Clean Air Act done more to fight crime than any other policy in American history? That is the claim of a new environmental theory of criminal behavior.Has the Clean Air Act done more to fight crime than any other policy in American... more