Food & Water Watch, a group that lobbies for stricter food-import laws, has launched a campaign criticizing the safety of food and petfood imported from China, which the group hopes will attract attention with the help of a new poster figure.
A recent article from Food & Water Watch features President Obama's dog, Bo Obama, in a photo in front of the White House, with the caption: “Is the First Dog being fed risky chicken treats from China? The president owes Bo and all of us finalized food safety rules to protect our health.”
The group criticizes the administration because it says there are currently no regulations on the safety of petfood imported from China, despite US Food and Drug Administration warnings about chicken jerky treats. Meanwhile, the group says the amount of food coming from China that is fed to US pets has increased by 85-fold from 2003 to 2011.
“China should not be allowed to export any food — for humans or pets — to the US until it gets its food safety act together,” Food & Water Watch says in the article.
By Lindsay Beaton
As work continues on creating a new nutrition label that focuses on simplifying information for consumers, challenges remain.
By Tang Yu