Last week, CBS had Nancy Cordes follow up on the tainted pet food story: Tuesday, she reported the FDA was expanding its testing of vegetable proteins used for human consumption; Thursday, she added that the FDA was diverting much of its inspection efforts to food imports from China. Now Barry Petersen traveled to Shandong Province to check on the general safety of Chinese agriculture. Private laboratories, like Sino Analytica, are more trusted by the import-export trade than government inspectors, Petersen found. Besides the adulteration of processed cereals with melamine fertilizer to boost protein levels--a recently discontinued practice, Petersen reported--the main concerns are an unrestrained use of pesticide and the irrigation of crops with water polluted by industrial waste.
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