WASHINGTON – The official Chinese news agency Xinhua today blames WND for over-hyping the safety issues about food and consumer goods exported from the Asian giant – specifically citing a story last May that sparked a wildfire of coverage by other media.
“For example, in May, the conservative news organ WorldNetDaily.com asked, ‘Is China Trying to Poison Americans and Their Pets?'” the Xinhua story states in trying to make the case for racism in the U.S. media.
It was the only example of negative news coverage mentioned.
On the other hand, the official Chinese news agency praised the Washington Post for setting the record straight.
“China has been portrayed as a nation blind to hygiene and blissfully unconcerned about recent reports of food contamination,” said a Washington Post commentary that formed the basis of China’s attack on WND. “That’s troubling, because it reinforces the notion that befouled food is the consequence of a foul culture.”
It’s not the first time the official Chinese media have launched an attack specifically at WND. In 2002, the Chinese newspaper Renmin Ribao accused the U.S. news media are painting a sinister picture of the threat posed by China mentioning the “most famous WorldNetDaily” by name as the major culprit in a report later distributed by the BBC.
“The 13 July saw U.S. most famous ‘WorldNetDaily’ released its red banner headline coverage: ‘China’s Object’: Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers,” the China report continued. “Meanwhile, it saw to it that a questionnaire be put out to make a further fuss about ‘China threat’ in the way 92 percent of the responses online regard China as a threat to the U.S. ‘WorldNetDaily’ as ‘Washington Post’ has all along been known for their ‘rightist,’ ‘conservative’ and ‘anti-China’ stand. So for their anti-China stand the two are by no means isolated or just few, for they find AP and Reuter, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, USA Today also in their company having much ado about the theory of ‘China threat.'”
Indeed, WND has been at the forefront of investigating Chinese imports ever since the pet food scandal that killed or injured an estimated 39,000 dogs and cats in the U.S. earlier this year.
Among other problems reported:
- Foods imported for consumption by American humans may be, in some cases, as dangerous as the pet food. A WND study found the vast majority of imported foods rejected as unfit for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration are from China. FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.
- China, the leading exporter of seafood to the U.S., is raising most of its fish products in water contaminated with raw sewage and compensating by using dangerous drugs and chemicals, many of which are banned by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The deadly contaminant found in Chinese-made toothpaste – diethylene glycol – is a solvent used in antifreeze that killed 107 Americans when it was introduced in an elixir 70 years ago.
- A resurgence in lead-poisoning cases in U.S. children is being linked to Chinese imports – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead and are being recalled by the CPSC on a regular basis.
- Imports from China were recalled by the CPSC twice as often as products made everywhere else in the world, including the U.S., showed a WND study of 2007 government reports.
- The rising cost of fireworks, almost all of which are made in China, as well as safety concerns and human rights concerns about the conditions of those manufacturing the products resulted in a decrease of Independence Day displays in the U.S.
- WND revealed there are currently no safety standards established between the U.S. and China on food, drugs and other imports. As a result of WND’s series, members of Congress began working on setting new standards.
- WND revealed how China is shipping to the U.S. honey tainted with a potentially life-threatening antibiotic as well as adulterating exports with sugar. The scandals are having a major impact on Chinese society, too.
“The food security problems have impeded Chinese agri-products and food many times in international trade, and damaged our national credibility and image,” Sun Xianze, director of food safety coordination at the State Food and Drug Administration, said recently.
“The occurrence of food safety incidents or cases not only affects the healthy development of the whole industry, but also may impact upon economic and social stability.”