Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chinese Milk

It has been a while since I have written about China. With the era of globalization, much more processed food and processed food ingredients are manufactured in China. Nestle, a ubiquitous international company, opened a new milk factory in China in July of '07. This quote is from an article about the opening:
Nestlé today inaugurated a new state-of-the-art milk factory in Erguna, near Hulunbeir, in the Chinese Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region...

Since the Nestlé Group began investing in China two decades ago, the Company has opened 21 factories in 18 different sites across the country and today employs about 13,000 people. In 2006, Nestlé had sales of CHF 1.9 billion in China.

These milk products are added to a wide range of products. There is no law that requires a made in USA product to list the country of origin of ingredients. Because Nestle owns so many companies, Carnation, for example, it is impossible to know where ingredients are going.

I have just thrown out a box of Carnation powdered milk that I use to add to recipes and have also thrown out Nestle hot chocolate mix. I have warned in e-mails about Snickers bars.

Just because the FDA has not issued a warning yet about Melamine in USA distributed milk-containing products does not mean it is not there. This was first noticed in China in '07 and has taken until this past month for action to be taken in China. China can move fast and you can be sure heads, literally, will roll. But the FDA, underfunded and undermanned, will move slow.

If you do not want you and your children to go the way of the poor cats and dogs affected by the Melamine laced cat and dog food, stop buying and eating processed foods with milk products. Buy organic and buy local. Buy food made with local and organic ingredients. Demand that a country of origin be on labels so that you have a choice to buy a product with ingredients totally from the USA.

Some food companies owned by Nestle: Maggi seasonings and soups, Crosse & Blackwell, Findus, Libby's, Stouffer's, Carnation, Rowntree Mackintosh (Willy Wonka), Chef America (Hot Pockets), Dreyer's, GM (Cheerios), Ovaltine, and Gerber.

Although I have focused on Nestle, I am sure that there are many more food corporations either manufacturing their food products in China or using Chinese made food ingredients. We need to know what we eat.
Update: Heinz baby cereal made in China recalled.


Val said...

I've boycotted Nestle for a long time, based on their history of promoting baby formula to 3rd world countries. This results in the formula being mixed with dirty water as well as the Mom's breast milk drying up and not being able to feed their starving babies after their free samples run out!!!!!!!!

Try some new coconut milk products like So Delicious coconut yogurt and So Decadent coconut ice cream from Whole Foods store.

Mimi said...

Yes, I too boycotted Nestle for a long time. Interesting on their web site they claim that their founder always said breast feeding is best since some time like 1867. Ho Ho They always hope that you will forget about their promotion of Nestle baby milk to African mothers.