Target: Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Goal: Implement more stringent testing and contamination standards for food imported from China.
There is a lot of the food sold in the United States that is imported from China, but it does not get inspected and often contains harmful contaminants. Chinese food has also been found to contain unapproved additives, pesticides and some is outright fake food. Please sign this petition demanding that the federal government establish and implement testing and contamination standards for imported Chinese food.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only inspects 1-2 percent of all the food imported from China. Of the small amount of food that is inspected, rarely is it tested for heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic contaminants. While we may not know much about the food imported from China, we do know that Chinese food tested in China often contains unapproved chemicals, dyes, pesticides, high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. China is routinely found to distribute outright fake food.
According to Mark Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute, “U.S. certifiers are unable to independently inspect farms and assure compliance to the USDA organic food and agriculture standards that are required for export to the U.S.” China has consistently produced fraudulent food by distributing counterfeit ingredients, to food contaminated with animal diseases and high levels of pesticide residues. Despite these facts, American retailers are able to sell “certified organic” food grown in China, without much chance of quality testing prior to hitting the shelves. The vast majority of superfood powders sold in the U.S. use raw materials purchased in bulk from China. Many nutritional supplements, herbs and vitamins are also made with materials from China.
Please sign this petition and demand that the federal government establish and stringently adhere to quality control tests completed before Chinese food ends up in American retail stores.
Dear Congressman Rohrabacher,
Despite the FDA’s high standards for American made food, there are not many regulations for food imported from China. China has a long history of producing foods that are fake, contaminated with metals, dyes and pesticides, and do not conform to U.S. standards. Regardless of their bad record, the FDA only inspects 1-2 percent of all the food imported from China. Of the small percentage that is checked, it is not tested for heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic contaminants.
According to Mark Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute, “U.S. certifiers are unable to independently inspect farms and assure compliance to the USDA organic food and agriculture standards that are required for export to the U.S.” He goes on to say, “These imports should not be allowed to reach our shore until and unless we have a system in place to assure consumers they are getting what they pay for. Just like the U.S. grown organic commodities, the safety of these products must be rigorously overseen by independent inspectors.” It is negligent of the federal government to allow the import of risky food from China without standards and procedures.
Not only have you neglected the American people’s health and well-being, but the lack of regulation puts us in further danger with loose labeling regulations. American retailers are able to sell “certified organic” food grown in China, without quality testing being completed before it hits the shelves, and deceives shoppers looking for that coveted label. A big majority of the superfood powders sold in the U.S. use raw materials purchased in bulk from China and many nutritional supplements are also made with bulk Chinese ingredients.
You must establish and regulate the import of Chinese food to the United States. These regulations should be more stringent than what we hold our American companies to because of their long history of counterfeit foods and lack of regulation within the Chinese food industry.
[Your Name Here]
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