All roads lead to China

This is, quite simply, the scariest article yet about the poisonous products being exported from China to your supermarket shelves. It’s about the willful efforts of Chinese companies to block the FDA’s frantic attempts to trace the source of the poison and cut it off. You have to read it to believe it. No wonder it’s featured as the No. 1 leading story in today’s Sunday Times. It’s a story of dogged detective work, cover-ups, corruption and death. Tremendous kudos to the Times for having the fortitude to pin this amazing story down in such detail. Again, it is simply unbelievable. Don’t miss the part about Sinochem refusing to give the investigators the phone number for the company it knew was poisoning people. Is this the best the world’s next great superpower can do? Yes, it’s a developing country, but these are rich, educated businessmen and party officials indulging in outright sleaze. And, in effect, murder.

This is what good journalism should be. It’s thorough, step by step and backed up with lots of names and quotes. And it reads like a thriller. Amazing.

No excerpts – you have to read it.


Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 53 Comments

“Just want to give you a couple of links to show you why I call NYT news reporting sloppy at best.”

How about balancing that with a few million links that demonstrate how Chinese newspapers are propagandizing, nationalistic, anti-American slogan bearers at best?

June 21, 2007 @ 7:51 pm | Comment

So I got my latest C&EN today, ACS weekly communicate. There is an article about Chinese chemicals. Here is a link:

I will let you guys be the judge.

June 22, 2007 @ 1:16 am | Comment

I’d rather prefer sometimes biased and sloppy news from western media than always straight and pompous lies from Chinese ones.

June 22, 2007 @ 6:14 am | Comment

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