Another day, another toxic product manufactured by China.
China’s biggest milk producer Yili Industrial Group has recalled its baby formula due to high levels of mercury. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, high levels of mercury can cause poisoning and damage the brain and kidneys.
This is the second major contamination affecting China-produced infant formula, the worst of which happened in 2008 when melamine-laced formula sickened nearly 300,000 infants and killed 6.
The pollution could have been from coal-fired plants or additives caused by fish, contaminated packaging, or the whey powder that Chinese milk processors import.
There have been other contaminations. In December, products by a certain Chinese manufacturer were destroyed after they were found to contain aflatoxin, which can cause severe liver damage. The Beijing Food Safety Administration identified 10 infractions of food safety dating as far back as November 2011, including two at a Wal-Mart store in Beijing in March.
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to bring claims against manufacturers physically located in China for manufacturing toxic products, mostly because the Chinese court system does not recognize U.S. judgments and because the Chinese legal system is itself extremely limited in the avenues for recovery it provides injured parties. Due to these impediments, many U.S. citizens, families, and children suffer injury or property damage due to products or foods manufactured in China every year.
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