By Dan Shapley
Tyson Chicken And Cargill Pork Among Exports Banned Due To Chinese Concern
China, as it has done before, turned the debate about international food safety on its head this weekend when it banned imports of several American meats. China and its poorly policed industries have been enemies No. 1 and 2 in the recent rash of food and drug inspection revelations that have seen tainted toothpaste, pet food and seafood recalled in the United States. At points during those scandals, China -- in addition to promising to crack down hard on domestic producers -- criticized United States business for seeking the cheapest ingredients at all costs. Even if the cost was safety, and the producer of the bad ingredients was China itself. But never mind the circular logic. Now, China has attacked two American meat industry giants, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. and Tyson Foods, claiming that the former has an additive approved for use in America but not China and that the latter was tainted with salmonella. Whether the move by China is purely being done out of concern for its citizens, or whether there's as much American foreign policy considerations as anything else, remains to be seen. Unfortunately, in the food safety net game, there is plenty of blame to pass around, because the net is full of holes.