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The Associated Press reports that the Chinese government, looking to “turn the tables” on US complaints about contaminated ingredients imported from China, is charging that certain products imported to China from the US “failed to meet Chinese safety standards and have been returned or destroyed.”

According to the story, “Inspectors in the ports of Ningbo and Shenzhen found bacteria and sulfur dioxide in products shipped by three American companies, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.” The implicated companies are K-Max Health Products Co., CMO Distribution Center of America, Inc., and Supervalu International Division.
KC's View:
Gee, one could get the impression that politics might be at work here, not food safety concerns.

But seriously, it begins to look like the food safety issue could be one that will play a role in US international relations…which weren’t complicated enough.