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Originally Posted by eric242340
Could you give me a better explanation?
example, for instance.
China is one of the world's largest producers of groundnut kernels, several millions of tonnes, which are exported around the world. They unfortunately suffer from a naturally occurring poison called aflatoxin, produced by a soil fungus. This is such a toxic and carcinogenic substance that permitted levels in most importing countries are less than four parts per billion. This means that even if every one of the eight hundred sacks which fill a twenty foot container could be tested, only a couple of badly affected kernels could cause a twenty tonne load to fail- which they frequently do. So if a load fails, the exporter merely ships the goods to a different port, hoping that the consignment will not be picked for testing and if it is, that a different random sample will test clean. What should happen is that the whole load should be destroyed, but it virtually never is. The Chinese know
this problem exists, but they actively seek to by-pass the safe-guards.
of infraction is endemic in their food exporting practice.
The USDA produce a weekly bulletin of seized consignments, due to adulteration or contamination. China is disproportionately a huge and deliberate offender.
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