I’ve been expressing my concerns over the recent quality control issues in China – first the melamine in pet food, then the contaminated medicines, next the anti-freeze in toothpaste. The New York Times has an interesting piece on the toothpaste scandal. But they miss an interesting issue at play: cost cutting is the underlying cause of all this.
Antifreeze (diethylene glycol) is less expensive and mimicks the flavor of mouthwash. Melamine (the poison recently found in pet food ingredients) is a cheap filler product that increases the apparent protein content of pet food.
So China was putting these cheaper imitation ingredients into their products to improve their bottom line, not because they were particularly interested in causing the death of people and pets.
And before we point a finger at them… let’s think about why the toxic toothpaste got into our hospital and prison systems: because the administrators were trying to buy the cheapest possible products to save on costs. And the least expensive items are often from China. This is a good example of how cost cutting can endanger lives – with both the US and ChinaThis post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.