…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
There are 103 elements in the Periodic table and every single one of them is toxic, though some require higher dosage. There are countless inorganic and organic compounds severely detrimental to human health. The Chinese industry is diligently working its way through them all; adding them to foods, toys and now to medicines. The ex-Mao Marxists took to the profit principle with vengeance.
Lead in the toys and melanine in milk, eggs, poultry, pork, mutton, beef and fish received some publicity. [Melanine, anyone?] Many other cases of poisoning or attempted poisoning do not, in particular in Australia where the media’s and the politicians’ kow-towing to the Chinese politburo is practically compulsory.
Last Sunday the Chinese Food and Drug Administration ordered suspension of sale of thirteen drugs, including two types of antibiotics, because of suspected high chromium content in the gelatine capsules. “China Central Television network reported that the toxic drug capsules had been made from industrial gelatin, which contains more of the chemical chromium than edible gelatin. Chromium can be carcinogenic with frequent exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
… the chromium came from leather scraps from manufacturers, which contains the chemical as part of the tanning process, used as a raw material. The state-run Xinhua news agency said police detained 22 people who allegedly produced and sold the capsules.”
China now frequently embarks on the well-publicised quality control /food and drug safety/ campaigns for Western consumption; detaining, arresting and executing workers and low level officials. Perhaps the Communist Government believes that this would make the West, mostly socialist, governments happy.
More good news. Pfizer shareholders do not have to worry: “Pfizer Inc., one of the numerous pharmaceutical companies that produces drugs in China, hasn’t been affected, according to a company spokeswoman. Pfizer sources its capsules from a supplier in another province.”
Politicians, media and shareholders taken care of. What about patients? Even better: “China is a major maker and exporter of drugs, but pharmaceutical analysts say it is unlikely the capsules have gone beyond China’s borders.
James Huang, a China-based managing partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers whose expertise is life sciences… said that capsules are used more often in China, while U.S. consumers typically use tablets.” [Wall Street Journal]
That is worrying. I do not know what Australian consumers typically use, but Australian authorities, word famous for the strict enforcement of quarantine rules as far as travellers are concerned, are equally famous for its laxity when large sums of money are involved. On Tuesday former foreign affairs minister and a board member of Chinese technology giant Huawei, Alexander Downer has warned there would be “enormous risks” for Australia if it succumbed to paranoia and did not work closely with China. No way would we offend our Masters and Main Trading Partners. Not even over our dead bodies.