China’s Quality Control Promise To You!

This would be almost funny if half the things in my house weren’t cheap trinkets from China that I bought at Wal-Mart (emphasis mine),

“In the face of a growing crisis of confidence in Chinese goods, Bo Xilai, commerce minister, said that “over 99 per cent of China’s export products are good and safe”. In comments published on Thursday on the ministry’s website, he added: “We hope that all parties can treat Chinese products objectively, fairly and rationally. Don’t let this damage the normal development of trade.”

Translation: Less than 1 out of every 100 products produced in China will kill you, your children, or your pets. That’s China’s pledge of quality to you!

Speaking of which, I tried to buy some chicken jerky for the dog from Wal-Mart the other day. However, there was a block on the product at the register. Apparently, that’s how they keep you from buying poisoned Chinese dog treats that will make your dog’s liver explode — if the item accidentally gets placed on the shelves.

Nothing against the people who work at Wal-Mart (after all, my first job after college was at a Wal-Mart photo studio), but it makes me nervous that the only thing standing between my dog’s life and and an agonizing death via Chi-Com-poison-laced pet snacks may have been a cashier at Wal-Mart.

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