Our media has not fully addressed the initial story, inconvenient details nor the repercussions of our Presidents’ decision to impose special protectionist tariffs on tire imports from China less than two weeks ago.
China immediately responded to the September 11 decision by President Obama citing the U.S. violated World Trade Organization (WTO) and other related rules. Trade protection, which is strongly discouraged — especially during times of economic struggle — is an issue Obama had strongly spoke out against.
China and the United States are both the second-largest trading partners to each other.
China said this move would only slow world economic recovery and ultimately hurt the interests of the businesses and people of all countries.
Two days later China launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigations into some automobile and chicken products originally produced in the United States.
This week China announced prominent PepsiCo and Mead Johnson among the companies blacklisted from a monthly report by a State Council watchdog in charge of product quality. The watchdog names unqualified imported goods which are either returned or destroyed. Does this have anything to do with the tire tariff? Who knows.
According to the list, a quarter of the substandard products came from the US.
PepsiCo: nearly 38 tons of frozen concentrated orange juice that the firm allegedly imported from Louis Dreyfus Citrus Trading LDA in Brazil in July were found with excessive yeast, according to the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Excessive yeast causes foods to spoil faster.
PepsiCo — which has it’s international branch based in New York — produces a vast array of products including Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana, Quaker, Doritos, Lipton, Propel, Ethos Water and Aunt Jemima.
Mead Johnson: allegedly imported 300 kg of baby formula in July with substandard protein content.
Mead Johnson — based in Illinois — is a global leader in infant and children’s nutrition. It’s a baby formula leader in China, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Mexico, five of the six largest children’s nutrition markets.