Newsflash: Mega Stores are Bad for America...Just Ask Our Pets
It's no surprise that mega stores, such as Wal-Mart, are bad for America. From the environment to shutting out small local stores, mega stores are to blame for many of our woes. These mega stores have a monopoly on our economy and safety is often compromised. In order to offer endless rows of cheap products, quality standards are abandoned. Consider the recent recall of pet food, that caused many people to lose their loved pets. Truthout reports:
First, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it suspected that some toxin had been mixed into the wheat gluten that was used to thicken the canned meats. Second, an independent lab reported that it had found rat poison in the recalled cans. Third, Menu Foods pointed a finger at a shipment of wheat gluten that had been purchased from a supplier in China. Although rat poison was later replaced as the main culprit by a chemical named melamine, the story line had now taken shape: cheap and adulterated Chinese products were poisoning Americans, their children, and their pets.
The problem goes beyond pet food...all those cheap products need to come from somewhere, and profit
is the of the up most importance:
Some Chinese toothpaste makers had used diethylene glycol, a component of brake fluid and antifreeze, as a sweetener. Some Chinese toy makers had coated their products with lead-based paints. Some Chinese farmers had fed unapproved drugs to catfish that were bound for U.S. dinner plates. Some Chinese slaughterhouses had mixed "oversulfated chondroitin sulfate" into the pig intestines that were used as the raw material for the blood thinner heparin.
Without Chinese manufacturing, our mega stores would fold.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at January 14, 2010 1:55 AM