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First dog food, now blood thinner?



March 05, 2008 – Comments (4)

The FDA has reportedly found a "heparin-like" compound in 5-20% of samples of Baxter's Chinese-manufactured heparin, a very important, front-line therapy that has mysteriously killed many people lately. They're not sure if the stuff is being put in as a filler (a la the chemicals put into dog food proteins in order to fake nutrition tests) or if it's in there accidentally.

I imagine if they find out that Chinese companies are using fillers in Heparin, the Chinese are going to have some major problems with the rest of the world.

This is serious stuff (Heparin may be the only reason I'm able to scribble away like this...)


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#1) On March 05, 2008 at 8:24 PM, WhidbeyIsland (67.10) wrote:

We're buying a lot of stuff from China because it's the cheapest. Sometimes cheap is more expensive.

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#2) On March 05, 2008 at 8:41 PM, AnomaLee (28.78) wrote:

"Sometimes cheap is more expensive." ->"Sometimes cheaper can be more costly..."

I only rephrased that because it is political season. Now, you can move the public with your words.

I read this story on the news feed. (Love the internet) I think things will become more heated and the recourse for something like this could be huge. This is much bigger than dog food when you're talking about human lives.



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#3) On March 06, 2008 at 3:15 AM, camistocks (50.76) wrote:

Expect a lot more of these kind of headlines. In fact every product that has been manufactured in China is suspicious. There are no quality controls! It seems as if they want to retaliate. This is a dumb policy which will cause a backlash effect, meaning US manufacturing will rise again. Also watch how they are growing their military!

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#4) On March 06, 2008 at 11:05 AM, ByrneShill (83.01) wrote:

This reminds me of my personnal story about chinese food product:

 I really liked smoked salmon. One day, at the supermarket, I see a pack of smoked salmon, a new brand I had never seen before, that's about half the price of every other brand. Thinking it must taste bad or something, I bought only one pack, about 500 grams. I get home, open the pack, and taste it: it was delicious. The next day, I bought about 10 packs (you know the corollary to Murphy's law: if you like something, buy a lifetime supply, cause they'll stop making it). I see they were made in China, must be why they're cheap. No problem though it's all frozen food, could come from mars and everything would be all right as long as the product stays frozen.

A few weeks later I'm done eating those 10 packs, so I go to the same supermarket to get more and (of course) they're nowhere to be seen. I ask the fish guy where I can find them and he says "We removed them, the ministry of health warned us that many product made in that chinese factory had both an unusual amount of bacteria and mercury."

 Honestly, I couldn't care less about the bacterias, if there was a problem, I would have been sick days before, and at my age, a diarrhea won't kill me. A salmonella or an E.Coli could easily kill an old person though. Mercury, however, is a nasty stuff. So I went to the doc to get my level of mercurdy checked. She thought I was working in a coal mine or some factory where they use mercury. Her exact words were "You're gonna be fine, but don't eat mercury anymore". Thanks, I planned on eating my thermometer...

Lesson learned: No more food imported from China. And I mean none at all, for a lifetime. Now I look like a schizophrenic paranoid when I do the groceries cause I check every product I buy.

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