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We have all that and more coming up but first our top story tonight the safety of America's meat in question.
As food safety concerns plague the massive takeovers of America's largest pork producer.
By the Chinese company -- point international.
Allegations of -- it's an excessive bacteria.
Are adding to a recent scandal where the company admitted to using cancer causing elements in its pig feed.
Gosh I hope you're not eating dinner now.
So could this harmful -- wind up on your plate joining me now Gordon Chang author of the coming collapse of China Gordon you -- the perfect person to this story.
I have to tell you my the cat -- story last week that is in rice in China.
And when I heard this story that this iconic American brand name was being bought by a massive Chinese food company.
I was concerned should I -- Tell you shouldn't -- you know people in Hong Kong who buys Smithfield products because it's an American company.
They stop -- -- on the announcement of this deal a couple days ago because everybody knows how bad things are in China.
Right US -- shipped from China.
Four point one billion pounds last year let's talk about the amount of inspection that goes on our end when Chinese food comes here.
By the FDA the USDA.
Inspection of Chinese food -- imports into our country.
We don't know what's coming -- Gordon no we certainly don't you know in March and April the authorities in -- pulled out nearly 20000 pig carcasses from the river that runs through the middle of Shanghai and some of that -- ended up on China's supermarket shelves.
What we just do not want diseased pork coming across the Pacific and we really can't be sure because.
I actually think that they're buying Smithfield because they want the distribution channels in the US.
Only other reasons that they can bring -- their products here absolutely you know publicly they say just the opposite -- they say the opposite but the reasons that they give just don't make sense and so when you think about it.
What's so why are they paying seven point one billion dollars for Smithfield because they want to -- get to the access to the customer -- That's frightening well let me let me be a couple of these headlines that have shocked me -- the last few years here's one rat meat sold -- land in China.
Thousands of dead pigs found floating in Chinese river.
This is the kind of thing Americans hear about we want control over our own food we want to know where it comes from we don't -- to have to guess.
And I want you to tell me what does the state regulation in China -- isn't like that yeah.
But the problem really is that you've got an unaccountable political system so corruption is embedded in society so you -- you go back to 2008 they had the Melamine scandal of the milk powder that caused kidney stones in kids and killed them.
What I actually thought that China would do something about it because the uproar across the country was -- bad but they didn't.
-- you know and since then we've had all those candles that you just talked about and more.
And it's really because the political system is not able to stop this and so you know we can be sure that when -- Smithfield is owned by the Chinese and when they start importing Chinese pork into the US.
We're gonna see those problems on our force -- if we've got problems of course we do not need China's.
80% of to lap be a very popular fish 10% the president -- spinach.
From China all from China -- here's what the real problem comes and I think Gordon because.
You can there's labeling on products if it's a pure products and -- if you're picking up.
Peas -- corn you know -- it comes from but if you pick up processed food you have no idea where this comes.
And we don't have country of origin labeling rules for food which we really do need that because the consumer needs to make a choice.
And and clearly if people are going to have that knowledge they're gonna make different decisions and that's that's I think the reason why.
He -- Smithfield right now is is gonna get an easy ride.
An easy ride from Chinese regulators or our regulators I think that they're going to be an easy ride from our regulators could you know Goldman Sachs bones apart of -- -- so.
This is com.
Into well clearly that's an -- you know blood that's looking forward to bad guys everywhere what I see as.
That the quality of this -- from just the basic.
Reporting on it is astonishingly low and frightening and to see that on our -- -- label without us knowing that it's just inexcusable.
The biggest items smuggled into China these days is milk powder from Hong Kong because mothers in southern China -- not.
You know they just don't trust anything in their own country so they go back into Hong Kong and this is a big political issue now between the Hong Kong and the Chinese authorities because people in Hong Kong can't find milk powder in their -- shelves.
Why don't care why doesn't the government care people are clearly figuring this out.
It really just goes to the whole issue of the Chinese political system they can't change it and so that's the reason why we have to become.
Out of -- and I got to put a good face on have to look like they economies always growing even if it's not.
Yeah that's that's part of it or it's good to have you here thank you so much for helping us with that story appreciate it thanks --
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