Lou Ludwig Success Tips: Is Our Food Safe

Is Our Food Safe

Is Our Food Safe?

Nearly 13,000 children have been reported sick from tainted milk in China. 

The Associated Press has reported today that nearly 12,900 children have been hospitalized in China as a result of drinking tainted milk. It has also been reported that 104 of the children are in serious condition.    

The milk has been exported to other counties around the world but the Chinese government has said that the milk has not been imported into the United States. 

The Chinese Health Ministry has confirmed the story.

The milk in question is powered milk used for babies. The issue with the milk is the bi-products that are added to the milk.

Considering that these bi-products have been added to baby formula what assurances are there that these bi-products have not been added to other food products? 

How Safe is our food?  

Over the past couple of years, the United States has experienced tainted food products imported from around the world including vegetables, shrimp, fish, and baby food. 

There are also non-food product issues such as, lead in toys, asbestos in clothes and bedding, anti-freeze bi-products in toothpaste, issues with medicine, and pet food. 

Who's Inspecting Our Food? 

It appears that the United States government has now outsourced the inspection of our food to foreign governments.

What should the government's responsibility be?

Where is the Concern for the Safety of our Imported Foods?

Who should be responsible for inspecting imported foods, the U.S. Government or the country of origin?

Who should be responsible for the heath, safety, and welfare of the people in our country?  

Should we be outsourcing the inspection of the food supply coming into our country?


Comment balloon 5 commentsLou Ludwig • September 21 2008 10:34PM


Lou, good post! Easy solution though! By local, know the people /farmers from which you buy your food. Buy organic (when possible) or just simply grow it yourself.


Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Bo

Yes buy local and organic is an excellent choice

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 10 years ago

I read that it's up to something like 52,000.

I see China creating a problem for us in many respects (toys with lead paint, tainted food, etc.) because with a billion people and state control over everything, their prices are low, and we're willing to sell our souls for low priced goods and oil at any price.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago


As I understand it it's not just a Chinese issue. Nestle is a big producer in China.


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

This is a true tragedy and a major problem not only in China but as well as the rest of the world.  We can never be too safe and careful anymore, especially with our food.

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) over 10 years ago