Sunday, November 25, 2007

Caveat Emptor

Who should be responsible for ensuring the safety of imports, such as the food we eat and the toys are kids play with?

Bill Christopher, owner of Christopher Ranch LLC, which distributed tainted Chinese ginger to Albertson's stores in California, believes it's the government:

"The government needs to do more testing, and if they don't have enough people, then they shouldn't allow so much food into this country... I don't think it can be the responsibility of every supermarket and every broker."

As does Clara Shih, president of Best Buy Produce International Inc., which imports and distributes produce from China. She believes

American companies that buy Chinese-grown produce often demand such low prices that it isn't practical for exporters and importers to run tests.

Click here for the full Wall Street Journal article, courtesy of The Arizona Republic.

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