Pharmaceutical

China-made products cause safety concern

Heparin isn’t the only China-made product that has turned up contaminated and, in many cases, harmed others. Last March, a contaminant was found in batches of Heparin, supplied to Baxter International by its Chinese plant. The over-sulfated chondrotin sulfate in the heparin is blamed for causing more than 80 deaths and breathing problems in another 700 in the United States.

In recent weeks, according to a Reuters/The Epoch Times, three children and more than 6,000 infants have become ill after consuming infant formula contaminated with toxic melamine, according to Reuters/The Epoch Times.

Let’s recap some of the other made-in-China scares that plagued the United States, highlighted in the story:

More than 200 cats and dogs died and thousands more became ill when melamine was discovered in China-made pet foods. As a result, more than 100 brands of pet food were recalled in North America in March 2007.

A month later, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled 450,000 tires made by China’s second-largest tire maker, Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd., for an insufficient or missing gum strip.

A year ago, the world’s largest toymaker, Mattel, recalled more than 18 million small, powerfully magnetic toys that were made in China because, if swallowed, could cause serious injury. Two weeks later, the company recalled 1.5 million toys because of concerns over lead paint.

According to the story, other Chinese-made products such as toothpaste, cough syrup, eggs, lipsticks, dumplings and fish also were cited as causing possible health risks to individuals in China and other parts of the world.