Wall Street Journal Reports on Problems with Tainted Ginger Imported from China

On November 19, 2007, the Wall Street Journalreported on the problems arising from the importation of ginger from China that have been tainted with a dangerous pesticide. The article states that Chinese ginger shows up in American cuisine in everything from soups to cookies, and sells in many U.S. grocery stores. The article describes the long trip from the farms of China to U.S. stores with layers of middlemen that complicates efforts to police the production process. In an illustrative example, the article states:

In the case of tainted pet food that first raised concern over Chinese imports in March, neither the Chinese government nor the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has pinpointed the original source of the problem ingredient, contaminated wheat gluten. In that probe, FDA officials traveled to China and worked with the Chinese government. But often, U.S. officials trace problem with food imports within American borders, due partly to limited resources.