Originally Posted by Addie
How about the baby formula? They manufactured a product that was killing their own people. Unfortunately there was a trial, the people responsible were found guilty and excuted. No appeals. The people of China do not value life the same way we do.
Many of the toys they send over here are loaded with lead. I have a friend that is a longshoreman on the West Coast. He told me that a lot of the stuff coming in from China, is sent back as unacceptable. Electronics are shoddily made and would definitely cause injury. A lot of the toys are sent back as too dangerous for a child to play with. We only hear about the ones that managed to get through.
Even worse than toys or baby formula, how about medicines? GlaxoSmithKline plc is a global pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's third-largest pharmaceutical company. They make a product called Avandia for diabetes.
Studies, completed by the highly-respected Cleveland Clinic in 2007, found that Avandia increased risks of heart attack by 43%.But do we hear of it as loudly as we hear of the Chinese baby formula incedent? Nope. Most people never heard of it at all.
I'm not saying that Chinese products are free of faults, but I'm saying that they are improving quite a lot. Let's remember the tens of thousands of litigations in progress and finalized against shoddy products right here in the USA. Made in USA doesn't mean it's perfect and safe. We make lots of junk also. House fires are caused every day by electric devices made in the USA.
As far as safety goes, manufacturers in the USA had to be forced by law into following even the minimum of safety practices. Even today, OSHA catches and fines American companies every day for unsafe work areas and products. Look up the stats on OSHA's findings.
It just seems to me that everyone is so ready to blame China for eveything wrong in their life. It's a money thing, not a country thing. Greedy manufacturers trying to cut costs. It happens everywhere.
As a whole, I like Chinese people. I don't think much of their country's politics, but hell, I don't think much of the USA's politics either.
As far as manufacturing goes, businesses try to make things with as low of cost and high profit as possible. Lots of times, that causes an unsafe product because of shortcuts. That isnt' unique to china. Like I said, it happens every day with products made in every country.
When the Chinese government finds a problem with blatant greed that causes deaths, at least they don't tie up their court system with appeals and endless costly trials with politicians making publicity off it. They find out who did it, take them out back and put a bullet in their head. Then they charge the guilty persons family for the bullet.