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At Least We Don't Eat The Drywall

This is another difficult post to write.  Because of its content.  It is frightful, for which I apologize.

The beat goes on and on regarding the 500 million pounds or so of poisonous Chinese drywall.  It is affecting more and more homes, now estimated at over 100,000, and more and more people, and was apparently used for over four years.  Its damage continues.  If you missed my first two posts on it you can catch up here:

January 29 -- http://activerain.com/blogsview/895160/I-Think-We-Need-To-Recall-China

March 21 -- http://activerain.com/blogsview/994937/Update-Chinese-Drywall-The-Lawyers-Have-Landed

It is a very serious problem.  It has made the mainstream news.  Most recently, AP, 11 April 2009, reports that bills have been "introduced a bill in the House calling for a temporary ban on the Chinese-made imports until more is known about their chemical makeup."  I'm thinking we aren't that smart, but we'll see.  A friend of mine said that the Chinese would probably regard a disruption in America's purchasing of their products as an act of war.  After all, a full 20% of their economy relies on the American consumer.

Why do I say that at least we aren't eating the drywall?  Because we ARE eating other stuff!  The recent epidemic of kidney failure in both humans and animals has prompted medical researchers to find out why.  They did, and the culprit is melamine.

Remember the pet food that was killing animals a short while back?  Melamine.

What is melamine?  It is a chemical which was discovered in 1830.  It is derived from coal, is a white, crystal powder and is two-thirds nitrogen.  It has been used in manufacturing everything from plastics, utensils, laminated flooring, cleaning products, furniture, kitchen cabinets, pesticides, herbicides - well, you name it.  Most recently it has been discovered in food products.  Yes, food products produced in

CHINA.

But why would they put it in food products? Profit - 33% profit and more!  That old Communist staple - profit!  How do they do it?  Many food prices are based on their protein content.  The quick and easy way to measure protein content is by measuring the nitrogen levels in food.  In 1999 the Chinese Academy of Sciences (the CAS), which is funded by the Chinese government, discovered that by adding melamine to foods the nitrogen content is boosted.  Especially dairy products.  They found that they could dilute milk products, add melamine to pick up the nitrogen, and that picks up the profits!  They call it "protein enhanced."  But, is there more protein?  No, that is the fake out.  So, melamine makes things look like they have more protein, when they don't.

It also kills.

To make it viable for food production, melamine is combined with cyanuric acid to form melamine cyanurate.  As this gets absorbed by the blood, it forms yellow crystals which block renal cells.  Enough blockage and the kidneys and bladder malfunction, eventually failing.  Baby formulas use milk products.  Of course babies are very vulnerable to such blockage.  People with weakened kidneys and bladders are at risk also.  Scientists think that long-term exposure to melamine will lead to cancers and reproductive damage.

This is what caused the deaths of so many pets a couple of years ago.  The Chinese got caught because one company, Menu Foods, got so greedy and put so much melamine in their pet foods, that dogs did not suffer gradually but died immediately when they ate the food.  Then the United States FDA discovered melamine in 100 brands that contained wheat products from China, then in pig feed, and poultry feed, then in dehydrated milk, and then in eggs.  All these have been "protein enhanced."  Remember that term!

As I have said in my other two posts, the Chinese are NOT incompetent people.

Could China have test marketed its discovery on Chinese babies?  A reported 50,000 baby illnesses or deaths have been reported (more?) from drinking melamine-tainted milk and formulas.  Hong Kong reported similar problems.  Then there were problems caused by milk and other products in many other nations.  Now in many, many food products.  Melamine has been discovered in fish foods used to feed a variety of fish and shrimp in "farms."  The next time you buy a seafood product, read the label.  If it is "farm-raised," think again before buying it.  Many nations have taken to destroying Chinese food products before it gets into their markets.

Take the hint!  WISE UP!

Our government has known about the melamine introduction in foods for a long time.  It took pet deaths before the FDA reacted.  Do you think these bills in Congress will go anywhere?  I am not hopeful.  Chinese food products are everywhere, even in foods "produced" in other countries.  The label may say Canada, but they are just putting the product in cans or frozen containers -- the food products come from China.

What should we watch out for?  Wow, what shouldn't we watch out for.  Here is a list I found compiled by Maneka Ghandi, in the Bihar Times.  She admits it is probably a partial list.  But, here 'tis:

Pet foods ** Fish food ** Farmed-raised seafood ** Wheat gluten ** Corn gluten ** Rice protein ** Biscuits ** Over 31 brands of powdered milk including Lipton, Glico, Ritz and Heinz ** DHA+AA baby cereals ** Egg products from Cadbury ** Cadbury dark chocolate eclairs and dairy milk hazelnut chocolates ** Coffee creamers ** White Rabbit Creamy Candy ** Dove chocolate Dreyers cake mix and ice creams ** Dutch Lady candy ** First Choice crackers ** Ritz snacks ** Kraft Oreos  and related products like wafer sticks ** M&M's ** Mars chocolate products ** Magnum ice cream ** Mentos ** bottle yogurts ** Snickers fun size ** Yili Hi-cal milk ** Youcan sesame sticks ** Instant coffees ** Milk teas - like Lipton green milk tea, Unilever Tea ** Nestle chocolates ** 305 Chinese dairy-based products such as coffee creamer, vegetable creamer, and powdered deserts ** bakery products from China such as caramel tarts, cream buns, honey buns, meat buns ** Chinese-made cheesecake ** Eggs from Hanovo Foods and Green Living Beings ** Mr. Brown coffee products

I would have to say, if it is from China, avoid it!  That is a frightful list!  What other foods are so tainted!?

My recommendation:   Read labels carefully!  If a product says "PROTEIN ENHANCED," don't eat it!  If the label says, "Made in China," don't buy it!  The sooner we American consumers figure this thing out, the better.

Don't wait for the government to protect you.  Act for yourselves before you are acted on by others.  Wise up...

Can I suggest a recent post on the same topic from an agent in the middle of this problem?  Check here:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1130911/chinese-drywall-not-always-being-disclosed

 

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 72 commentsJay Markanich • April 15 2009 06:58AM

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I just read your list and am sitting here in shock.

I'm not one for more government regulations, but this is a no brainer.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 9 years ago

i agree its horrible to know that millions could be affected by this. what do you do with the homes that are already built and people living in them? knock them down, I would but then what?

it is a no brainer to govern it since we keep giving our jobs away. It's the least we could do is govern it right?

 

my hearts are out to this home owners, I am cking my walls my house was built after 03.

Posted by Ray & Elaine Fischer ((828) Home-Stager.com & (828) Custom-Cabinets.com ) over 9 years ago

Kris -don't wait for the government.  We have to govern ourselves.

Ray and Elaine - to date four states are affected, with more to come. I don't know if Michigan is said to be one yet.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay ~ We've been living in a chemical soup for the last 50+ years and yet have chosen to obsess about only a handful.  It's absolutely nuts and the lack of regulation is inexcusable.  Hard to think how you can get away from it all - you can exclude all sorts of things from your household but it's close to impossible to avoid these suspect chemicals - as your list of products shows all too well. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 9 years ago

Hi Elizabeth - I agree, it is extremely difficult to avoid these products!  And to understand labels and where things actually come from.  But, we need to regulate ourselves - don't wait for Congress to do it!  The chemical soup of the last 50 years, as you say, is prevalent, growing, and certainly is contributing to the amount of cancer and other diseases we are getting at younger and younger ages.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, unfortunately if we stopped purchasing items made in China there isn't a whole lot out there to buy. Thanks for making people aware.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 9 years ago

Michael - THAT, my friend, is how markets are revived!  And should be...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

That was pretty scary and I thank god I only use American products. I never even knew of Chinese Drywall.

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Luke - check the labels carefully, my friend, as they aren't always clear.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, that's a scary list, but fortunately I don't think I eat any of those products.   Maybe an occasional M&M...  Seriously, thanks for sounding the warning.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 9 years ago

Jay, This is truly frightening. Our government is asleep at the switch here. These products should never even get into this country, much less be consumed. Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Brian - the list will grow.  Read carefully.  See you sometime today - it's in Fredericksburg, right?

Richard - thanks, but you are right - asleep at the switch.  It is a slow-moving giant, on sleeping pills.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Indeed.  I have been advocating eating fresh fruits and vegetables as the basis for a healthful diet for years and years.

Processed foods of any kind or variety have produced a country of overweight sickly Americans.

Back to basics.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jay, you're funny.  See you in Springfield. 

Lenn couldn't be more right.  Real, natural foods are the way to go.  Even that is hard to find these days unless you grow your own.  Speaking of which it's about time to plant our tomatoes!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 9 years ago

Chinese cheesecake? 

That sounds like Irish Spaghetti. I wouldn't eat either on general principle. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 9 years ago

M&M's are made in China?  Who knew....

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

Holy Crap! I try to shop a lot at Trader Joes and Whole Foods. This is a good list to keep by the pantry...just in case!

Thanks

Posted by The 1410 Group of Benchmark Realty, LLC (Benchmark Realty) over 9 years ago

Hey Jay...a feature...WOW I AM impressed...looks like we should have a passport required for food huh ? I know in my graduating class there were a slew of people all affected by the same fatal disease...gotta wonder if it is more than coincidence....Congrats on the feature Blog on !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

Lenn - you got it!  However, beware the pesticides...  melamine!

Brian - I gotta get out of here!  Oh, Springfield, that's right...  My tomatoes are already in by the way!  Merrifield growers.

Philip - don't be fooled.  Melamine can be in anything.  And what's wrong with Irish spaghetti?

Maureen - not the M&M's - the ingredients. 

Stephen - well said, holy crap pretty much describes it all!  We shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods also (I love the 8 grain tabouli!).  But you have to read carefully.  They don't produce anything they sell.

S&D - I didn't know until now that it was featured!  I think in the years to come there will be waves of the same "diseases."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay, This is very scary.  It is evil that this would be done for profit.  Greed, pure greed.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 9 years ago

Pretty sobering post. I was really looking to see if anyone had a counter point, claiming some of your statements are not accurate.  Unfortunatly, no one has yet, that makes your post even more sobering.

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) over 9 years ago

Jay - very frightening indeed. About a year ago, I became much more aware of the products and foods I was purchasing because of these very points. There are alternatives available! We just have to investigate! Thank you for sharing this information and hope it gets more people involved and aware. We can't wait for our government - we must use our purchasing power to take a stand that it isn't acceptable!

Posted by Jessica Jones, Destin Sandestin 30-A Real Estate (Sandestin Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jay....wow long list and very scary in deed. Thank you for sharing

Bettina

Posted by Bettina Settles, Your Indiana Connection over 9 years ago

Damn, you are one passionate person. I would add, it is not only China. Unfortunately, our food supply is compromised in the name of profit, and backed by the Federal Government including Congress sacrificed in the name of fund raising. The human body is a wonderful thing. It can resist lots of crap, except like all living things, it has it's limits. As a recent cancer survivor, I can tell you that you become concerned with all canned goods, steroids and growth hormones in chicken and meat, Mercury in fish, and you have to be not so paranoid so you don't  starve yourself. I pray that properly washed organic vegatables and fruit is really what Whole Foods says it is. Keep up the research and keep informing us and Thanks.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 9 years ago

Jay,

This post is the best kind:  USEFUL!  No wonder you're featured!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

I'm thinking going organic is the way to go the more and more I hear about these kinds of issues coming up. We can't rely on our government to protect our interest when there is greed involved. Greed wins out unfortunately.

Posted by Pam Graham, Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties (All Real Estate Options) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Its kind of funny when you think about it... 

I'm only 33 yrs young and my toys were filled with lead, my school dripping with asbestos and who knows, maybe my first cell phone shot gamma rays into the nether regions of my medula oblangata...

I know that melamine is a bad thing and this drywall is no laughing matter, but it feels a little like chicken little saying the sky is falling sometimes...

I am not harping on your post, in fact it provides good detailed data, and helps to advise others (see above comments), but sometimes I like to see & hear myself talk!

Cheers.

Sean

Posted by Sean Dreznin, Commercial Investment Real Estate Agent (NAI Tampa Bay) over 9 years ago

Startling post. So the FDA only gets active when deaths occur. You would think with a budget of $3.6 trillion there would be a few dollars floating around to apply preventative measures Before deaths occur.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Great post!  Thanks for sharing this information!  Scary stuff out there!

Posted by Jeani Codrey, If you're not learning, you're not living! (The Learning Jeani) over 9 years ago

Excellent article! I'm a food fanatic. I eat whole grain, whole veggie, whole fruit, organic when it doesn't cost like gold, no animal protein including dairy, and I buy organic food for my puppy. Even in America, the food manufacturers, the commercial growers, and the chemical companies are not looking out for your health, only for the bottom line. Obesity is not an accident; it has been engineered, advertised, and sold in pretty packages. If you want to lose weight, eat whole foods and as much as you want, and watch the pounds drop off. Also watch your health improve. The wrong kinds of foods directly cause diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases!

 

Posted by Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC) over 9 years ago

GOOD MORNING JAY!  I am stunned by the food products - especially the M&Ms (I am a junkie!) - but ever since I heard of the drywall I began "not buying" products made in China.  The food awareness was what I needed.  I read this post an hour ago - went through my pantry and threw out an entire bag of food made in China -- items I had no idea I was buying.  THANK YOU for the scare! -- Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I have family studying in China and one of them became ill. They found that they made homemade bread and used a couple of products on your list. They thought it was safe because they made the bread themselves.

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) over 9 years ago

Wow, what a list. Maybe their aim is to kill us from the inside rather than declare war and get money from it as well.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) over 9 years ago

Jay, I've been on a mission to avoid Chinese products for some time, and for several reasons. I just recently paid an extra $25 for a portable hard drive just to avoid one made in China. I'm a food label reader. I wouldn't consider eating food from China; they're just to casual about food safety. And, I've been following the Chinese drywall situation for several months. It's sad for the home owners, and disgraceful that the government allowed it to happen.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 9 years ago

Wow!  Thanks for such an informative post.  My young son had an "allergic" reaction to food dish from a Chinese Food outlet at a local mall with shrimp in it recently.  He's eaten shrimp all of this life with never a problem.  Of course, shrimp aren't the healthiest things in the world to eat anyway.  But when you consider where they might come from, and the conditions they may be grown in (if farmed) it's no wonder we develop allergies to these sorts of things, if that is in fact what the reaction was.

Posted by Bernice Dubon over 9 years ago

Jay,

Alarming and very interesting post. Makes a person think.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Once again, Jay, you've hit the nail on the head. Looks like it's time to throw out most of the Easter candy. Darn!

Posted by Lanna B over 9 years ago

Hi Jay!

I had no idea! Thank you for shedding light into this, I will have to reearch it furtther. I am going to bookmark to look up your other posts. Thank you!

-Lisa

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Scary - Jay - but you provided good information about it --- thanks...

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, Wilmington NC Homes an (Intracoastal Realty Corp) over 9 years ago

I had seen this in the news.. This is pretty scary..Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay, scary stuff you are writing about. Slowly poisoning baby food - that's the worst.

In Ohio they (hopefully!) did not use Chinese made drywalls, so we know about this matter more from news and press releases.  I feel horrible about the homeowners who need to smell all this sulphur odor emitting from drywalls in their newly built beautiful homes and be scared of very unclear perspective of being exposed to health threatening chemicals.

The saddest part is that  you most of American goods are made in China. We can not blame Chinese greed as it's originated from American greed. Can we go back to basics? I doubt.

Posted by Svetlana Stolyarova, Local-n-Global Realty, Broker 216-548-4663 (Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution) over 9 years ago

Just goes to show that the cheapest product is never the best

Posted by Trela Bird, Realtor, Salt Lake City Utah (Urban Utah Homes & Estates) over 9 years ago

so if you are eating chinese made food in a house in Florida that stinks like sulphur from chinese made drywall you are totally screwed. Wow!

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) over 9 years ago

J. Phillip has just received the FIRST LOL of the Day Award!  (HEY I should start a new GROUP, I think I will.)

"Chinese cheesecake," he wrote.

"That sounds like Irish spaghetti"

And now I'm ROTFLMFAO!

Sean Dreznin gets the SECOND PLACE LOL of the DAY AWARD!  Hey Sean, Chicken Little isn't saying the sky is falling.  Chicken Little is saying the WALL is falling!  Oopsie!

Oh, and about your post . . . yeah, just like the lead-based paint Federal disclosures, don't eat the walls!

But, when your wrote about bite-size SNICKERS . . . my world collapsed.  NOT bite-size SNICKERS!!  Why . . . those lousey melamine hustlers!!

 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

Great post, Jay! I've always been a teeny food obsessed and eat almost exclusively vegan and unprocessed foods. But even I'm a sucker for Cadbury eggs at Easter. Guess I should have read this list last week... before I gorged on Cadburys on Sunday!

Posted by S&B Real Estate Team (Capstone Washington Real Estate, LLC) over 9 years ago

Wow!

Posted by Realty Dot Com (Realty.com) (Realty.com) over 9 years ago

Jay - That is quite the list!  I don't think I consume many of those items either, but it is sobering to see.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay,  This is pretty scary stuff.  Any idea why our FDA isn't doing anything about it ?

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay -- Scary but good information to know.  Has anyone read the book: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.  This will be the most mind-blowing book about food one will ever read.

I agree with you Jay.  I heard a segment on NPR talking about how under everything the FDA is, it's downright scary.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay: OMG this is frightening! It is no wonder so many Americans are sick ~ we are actually eating poison. I am going to print this out and check every thing that I buy from now on. I am also going to stop buying products made in China. Thanks for the heads up.

 

Posted by Sandy Childs, Realtor - Spartanburg, SC (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Shirley - there is nothing wrong with profit, but how it is got!

Brien - it is what it is...

Jessica - together we are a very large group!

Bettina - I am sorry and glad at the same time!

Joe - glad you overcame it!  Good job, and keep on keeping on.  If you think I'm passionate, you would probably like my post about Chinese condoms...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike - I hope it helps!

Pam - you are right.  Don't wait!

Sean - when I was a kid we had worse!  You'd like my post about the difference 50 years makes.  But, there is a reason a third of us are dying from cancers.  And that is not the sky falling in...  However, keep talking!

Claude - you would think.  But, apparently, we need to think again, and for ourselves!

Exit Hill - just another service I offer.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Judy - agreed, but keep watching your back, organic or not!

Gabrielle - sorry for the scare, but I am glad to be able to bring it to you!

Integrity Mortgage - correlation??

Norma - you would think that, would you not?  I get 3 - 5 CPSC recall notices every day.  Well over 90%, if not 95%, are things made in China.  Coincidence?

John - if things are going to change, it will be because of us consumers.  It is disgraceful.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bernice - there may be a reason for that reaction.  Who knows?  But, mall food is just that.  Eat at home!

Steven - keep thinking!  And paying attention.  Warn Nutsy too, please.

Lanna - candy on Easter?  I thought Easter was about, well, I thought, um, nevermind...

Thank you Lisa.  Glad to shed some of that.  You like my post last December - "Let Your Light So Shine."

Kathy - thank you.  I feel badly when I feel the need to write such things.  But they need to be said.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Roland - you may be seeing more and more of it.

Svetlana - about 13% of "American" goods are made in China.  In my opinion that is 13% too much.  One person's greed does not originate from another's!  And our American greed is no more or less than any other's.

Trela - true, too true.

Michael - nailed it!

Carla - pretty low down, huh?

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jamie - repent you heathen Cadbury binger!  Repent!

Realty Dot Com - wow is certainly the word.

Jason - hopefully not, but Chinese stuff is very hard to avoid.

Bill - yes, they are asleep at the switch.  I can hardly wait for gubment medical care...

Chris - thanks!  I will read it.

Sandy - thanks, but it is screwy weird isn't it?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

That's scary. But what happened with the Drywall?? Where do I go to find more info??

Posted by Irma over 9 years ago

I was just asked that today. When did we start using chinese drywall? I think I will just by pass anything made in china. That seems to be the safest.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 9 years ago

I am raising two small children and they drink a lot of milk. I thought that the post was going to say "dont' eat the drywall" because my two Airedales used to knaw on it as puppies and that the latest epidemic would be pets. I had no idea it would be us! Thanks so much for such an informative post. I will for sure be reading labels more carefully in the future.

I'm in shock....

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 9 years ago

This is some scary stuff. Thanks for the warning

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) over 9 years ago

"Don't wait for the government to protect you."

I'm not waiting. 

"Any idea why our FDA isn't doing anything about it?"

Now that's a loaded question. One's answer depends on what group of stakeholders/constituents you believe the FDA serves.

Posted by Daren Krause (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Irma - there are links to my two previous posts, but if you google "Chinese drywall" things come up!

Charles - it started just after Katrina and we used it for over 4 years.  With all our drywall production at full capacity there was not enough to handle the Katrina needs so FEMA looked elsewhere. 

Christianne - this has been going on for a long time...

Walter - you are most welcome!

Daren - good for you.  And, yes, that question is loaded for bear...

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay - GACK!!!! Thank you so much for this insightful post.  Guess the FDA has been too busy "fast tracking" dangerous psych drugs to pay attention to what China is feeding us.  Laraine

Posted by Laraine Shape, Selling Cincinnati...one kitchen at a time (Comey & Shepherd Realtors) over 9 years ago

Laraine - GACK has become my favorite word of the day!  Remember what Milton Friedman said about the FDA in his book "Capitalism and Freedom?"  And he said it in 1956 - the FDA probably does much more harm than good.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

You convinced me.  The China connection is one that I will avoid.  If they can't get us one way they'll try another.  Seriously Jay, thanks for the updates.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack - it isn't one thing!  It is amazing how MANY things!  You are right, one way or another.  And do you think they will give up?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Wall street sold us financial products they knew or should have known had no value at all.  Then our government bailed out Wall Street in order to avoid public panic with our hard earned tax dollars.  Therefore we have found the finance experts we were taught to respect did nothing to protect us, they did however protect each other and their friends on Wall Street who kick in major money at election time.

 

Why would you think the consumer product and or drug side of the the government would be much different?

 

 

Posted by Michael Del Greco, Since 1993 I've Been Working For NJ Home Buyers (New Jersey Home Inspection ) over 9 years ago

Hi Michael - there's just a bit to the Wall Street side of the equation than that!  And I would expect the consumer product or drug side of the government to be much more in our favor!  That is their sworn duty.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, Thanks for the informative post. I' going to make sure my daughter and husband see it.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 9 years ago

Barb - there's more than that one!  But thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Why is it we never seem to learn anything? The warning flags are all around us, yet we continue to sell our country and souls down the river. Good post Jay, as always...m&m's and bite sized snickers...nothing is sacred where a profit is to be had. I am so bummed...think I'll go eat some drywall..

Posted by Bill Saunders, Realtor®, www.BillSellsHotSprings.com (Meyers Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - AMERICAN drywall is probably healthier than some of the foods we eat...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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