Barbados Health Minister Placing Corporate Interests Ahead Of Parents’ Rights To Protect Their Children!

Secrecy In Barbados Over Ice Cream Recall Worries Parents

Heinz Baby Cereal, Nestle Milk, Latest Melamine Poisoned Products

China Tainted Food Disaster Continues – Tainted Products In California USA!

Friends, with every sunrise we see additional news stories about contaminated food from China being discovered outside that country. Today we see that tainted products were found on the shelves in California, and in the global economy that is no surprise.

Both finished retail products and bulk shipments are involved and authorities are still scrambling worldwide to track down all the deadly food. Globalisation means that contaminated milk is made into powder in China, then shipped in bulk to Taiwan where some of it is used in the production of retail foods – but some of it is shipped to other countries for further processing.

Tens of thousands of Chinese babies are seriously ill and one news story claims that 5 percent of children under the age of 3 in Shanghai are in serious trouble with kidney stones.

As of Saturday, September 27, 2008, governments and health authorities around the world are desperately trying to track down contaminated food products from China to protect their populations. Hardly a day goes by that health authorities don’t issue another update or alert.

But in Barbados, we have heard little if anything from our Ministry of Health and government.

Silence and Secrecy In Barbados

With health authorities in the USA, Canada and Europe still finding contaminated products on the shelves, we wonder about the lack of communication from our Barbados Health Ministry.

Have any contaminated products been identified in Barbados? Are our health officials following up with other authorities to identify products that might not originate in China but that might contain Chinese ingredients?

Dr. David Estwick, Barbados Health Minister - Placing Corporate Interests Ahead Of Parental Rights

Dr. David Estwick, Barbados Health Minister - Placing Corporate Interests Ahead Of Parental Rights To Protect Children!

What About Flavorite Ice Cream Products In Barbados?

As detailed in recent BFP articles, the Barbados Ministry of Health issued recalls of certain Flavorite ice cream products without providing a reason. Similarly, a representative from Flavorite emailed Barbados Free Press to protest our story, but conspicuously again provided no explanation as to the reason for the recall.

Barbados parents are naturally wondering if the recall has anything to do with melamine contamination – but neither Flavorite nor the Government of Barbados will provide accurate information to parents.

The reason for the Flavorite ice cream recall is being kept secret by the company and the Barbados government. I thought that our Barbados government was supposed to put the interests of citizens before corporate interests?

Bajan parents have a right to know if the Flavorite ice cream recall is over melamine contamination!

Further Reading

BFP

September 26. 2008: Flavorite Foods Replies To Barbados Free Press About Ice Cream Recall – Won’t Provide Reason For Recall !!!

September 25, 2008: Barbados Health Minister Estwick: TELL US THE TRUTH !!! Is Contaminated China Milk Powder Behind Ice Cream Recall?

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25 responses to “Barbados Health Minister Placing Corporate Interests Ahead Of Parents’ Rights To Protect Their Children!

  1. bimparent

    To Barbados Free PRess. Thank you for looking after our interests.

    signed
    a Bajan parent of two girls.

  2. Jason

    Good point about the ice cream recall. Why won’t they tell us what is wrong? It looks very suspicious.

    Our leaders need to be taught that “we” are the reason they have jobs. I don’t trust them.

  3. passin thru

    Why haven’t the newspapers and tv picked up this story and asked the same question about what is the recall for ?

  4. Hants

    BFP I don’t know why our Government did not give a reason for the recall but you should encourage our fellow bloggers to search for information about tainted chinese products and keep your friends and family informed.

    Little children and old people will suffer the most from eating this stuff.

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hpxu6mAXsXTHA-bHlll5KwmbjTtQD93EVEI81

  5. Hants

    Wanna remember how to mek bakes?

    flour,sugar,water,bakingpowder.

    Better than chinese biscuits.

  6. Hants

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is overseeing a voluntary recall of several food products from China that may contain melamine, an industrial chemical that can cause kidney stones and potentially fatal kidney failure.

    In particular, the agency singled out Mr. Brown 3-In-1 Instant Coffee, Nissin Cha Cha desserts and White Rabbit candies, all of which may have been made with tainted milk products.

  7. Tell me Why

    Hants. How de hell you know I made bakes this morning? Yuh seems to have an antennae in my house

  8. .22

    Lucky I don’t have a child.

    @ The BFP article: “What About Flavorite Ice Cream Products In Barbados?

    As detailed in recent BFP articles, the Barbados Ministry of Health issued recalls of certain Flavorite ice cream products without providing a reason. Similarly, a representative from Flavorite emailed Barbados Free Press to protest our story, but conspicuously again provided no explanation as to the reason for the recall.

    Barbados parents are naturally wondering if the recall has anything to do with melamine contamination – but neither Flavorite nor the Government of Barbados will provide accurate information to parents.

    The reason for the Flavorite ice cream recall is being kept secret by the company and the Barbados government. I thought that our Barbados government was supposed to put the interests of citizens before corporate interests?
    Bajan parents have a right to know if the Flavorite ice cream recall is over melamine contamination!”

    IMO, This issue should be on Brasstacks.

  9. crossroads

    I guess this is what they mean by “third world”. If we can’t get an explaination from the Flavorite agents, well then spending power works, BUY BICO. If I were the agent I would come clean, give reason, take your licks and move on. Maybe in doing this they could save their integrity.

  10. Sad To Say

    This MOH is one ignorant buffoon. Reliable sources have even said that David Thompson is having his regrets. Can you imagine that he is MOH – deciding on health policy for our entire nation – and the only place he could run his private practice is INTO THE GROUND. Only in a third word country this could happen. Can you imagine the US/ Canadian/ UK cabinet having a MOH in charge of the nation’s health yet that minister could not run an office with a receptionist that worked 40 hours a week and a maid that came in for 10 hours a week. Yes TWO staff members he had difficulty managing and now he thinks he can manage > 2,500 persons from doctors, PS, CEO, admin staff, nurses, casual workers, etc. David Estwick is so out of his depth, however, he is TOO DUMB a Princess Margaret Secondary school alumnus to realize how inadequate he is. As a matter of fact he is an insult to his secondary school. DAVID ESTWICK MUST GO.

  11. West Side Davie

    The absence of information sounds very sinister but there could be a simple explanation. Government and Flavorite need to recognize that they work for the citizens and customers: not the other way around.

  12. Fool me once

    Want to see David Estwick eating Flavorite ice cream on CBC television. After will we see him stomach being pumped empty at QEH?

  13. Sad To Say

    My guess is David Estwick will never go to the QEH for emergency treatment.

  14. Lady Anon

    Melamine found in Cadbury goods

    The recall affects mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia
    Preliminary tests have found the chemical melamine in Cadbury’s Chinese-made chocolates, the company says.

    At least 50,000 Chinese babies have been sickened and four killed by milk tainted with the industrial chemical.

    Cadbury had earlier recalled 11 chocolate types from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia because of fears of contamination.

    It remains unclear how much melamine was in the recalled products, a Cadbury spokesman told the BBC.

    “It’s early days, as these are preliminary findings from the tests,” the spokesman said.

    He emphasised that the only goods affected were those made in the company’s Beijing factory, and not those produced in the UK or elsewhere.

    China’s reputation for food safety has nosedived since the revelations last month that milk products poisoned by melamine were responsible for causing renal problems in babies who drank the milk formula.

    In mainland China, lawyers and local rights groups are seeking to support families affected by the scandal, possibly by suing dairies or officials who failed to disclose the problem.

    But many say they are facing pressure from the authorities to abandon their efforts, blaming government sensitivity.

    China says it has acted firmly to prevent further contamination

    “About two dozen of the lawyers have called these past days to say they want to quit the volunteer advice group,” Beijing lawyer Li Fangping told Reuters news agency.

    “Some of them said that they or their offices were told they would face serious repercussions if they stayed involved,” he said.

    In a statement issued by its Singapore office, UK-based Cadbury said preliminary tests had “cast doubt on the integrity of a range of our products manufactured in China”.

    The products are the latest in a list of China-made foods and drinks that have been removed from shelves around the world in the wake of the scandal.

    In Jakarta, the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency said on Monday that it had found traces of melamine in chocolate and biscuit products apparently made in China by Kraft Foods and Mars.

    The two companies said they were investigating the claims, although their products had earlier been cleared of melamine tainting.

    Some reports raised the possibility the products – including Oreo wafers, M&Ms and Snickers – could be counterfeit.

    “We have asked our trade partners and retailers to suspend the sales of our products in accordance to the agency’s order,” the Mars spokesman in Indonesia, Bondan Ardi, told the Associated Press on Monday.

    The companies involved said they would conduct their own tests.

    The scandal came to light earlier this month when baby milk powder from the Sanlu Group was found to contain the industrial chemical melamine.

    Since then, at least 22 other companies have been implicated.

    Melamine is used in making plastics and is high in nitrogen, which makes products appear to have a higher protein content.

    Health experts say that ingesting small amounts does no harm but sustained use can cause kidney stones and renal failure, especially among the young.

    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7641317.stm

  15. Hants

    Let common sense be your guide.

    Do not eat chocolate from companies who have similar products being sold in the Chinese/Asia market.-

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    Bfp says

    Hants, it is not enough to be careful. We’re talking that anything made in any country with milk powder or proteen could contain bulk china ingredients.

    We need our health ministry to take this as seriously as other countries are doing.

  16. Hants

    BFP I agree with you that Government needs to do something but I am sharing with you the “Hants” theory of self preservation.

    As soon as I hear there is a problem with a food product I stop eating it.

    I done eating Maple Leaf products.

    I done eating chocolate bars and sweet biscuits.

    I done eating fish unless it come from Barbados.

    I use the internet to find as much information as possible when I hear about a problem.

    Again the MOH and the Minister should alert Barbadians and inform them about dangerous products.

  17. Don’t get fixated on just the milk. Tainted Chinese medicine (cough syrup) killed over 83 people in Panama. TheStar reported this on Jul 05, 2007, and said the death toll might actually reach 400.

    Much of the world’s medicine and nearly all of its vitamin C is made in China.

    These vitamins are added to many foods. You are almost certainly eating some kind of Chinese additive.

    The world needs to be vigilant.

  18. Mildred

    I don’t rely on the government to tell me what to eat and what not to eat.

    This is the internet age and satellite TV age and anyone with a brain can follow the international news and find out what is happening in the world.

    Common sense is not so common for some blog owners.

    *********************

    BFP says,

    Your children are currently eating Norfolk Manor Pure Butter Clotted Cream Biscuits or perhaps McVities Hob Nobs chocolate. Both made in the UK, but where did the bulk ingredients originate?

    Please go ahead and search online, then make your decision and let us know upon what information you will or will not allow your children to eat them. Perhaps then you will understand why, in a largely uncontrolled global marketplace, the government has a primary purpose to protect citizens from dangerous foods and drugs (amongst other risks).

    So go ahead, and let us know what your decision is and why. Oh… and try one with a computer, and then research the other product without a computer.

    Good luck on both.

    Thank you.

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  20. More Ice Cream get lick up, they say it’s bacteria – check my blog

  21. dogbitemuh

    As much as possible we should start boycotting Chinese products. Nowadays it seems near impossible to do so since almost every product is made in China but I still believe we as citizens should take some kind of action. It is quite obvious that it does not matter which government is in power, we will always be bending over for the Chinese. We as citizens can take action.

  22. reader

    Posted on BGIS site, Oct. 2 2008—

    REMOVAL OF MORE FLAVORITE ICECREAM

    Three more flavours of icecream, manufactured by Flavorite Foods Ltd., are being removed from retail outlets by the Ministry of Health.

    The icecream flavours are: Orange Pine 500ml BB 2009 April 24; Chocolate Ripple 500ml BB 2009 April 09 and Caramel Toffee 1litre BB 2009 August 06.

    Environmental Health Officers from the Ministry are checking distribution points and retail outlets to ensure that all of the above-mentioned products are not offered for sale to the public.

    This follows similar action last week by the Health Ministry which saw five flavours of Flavorite icecream removed. These were: Cherry Vanilla, 1 litre BB 2009 August 04; Coconut Vanilla Snack Cream, 148 ml; White Vanilla Snack Cream, 148 ml; Strawberry, 175 ml and Golden Vanilla 175 ml.

    The action is being taken under the Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations 1969.

    According to the Ministry, “testing of these eight flavours of icecream has confirmed bacterial contamination.” (JG)

  23. Thinking Aloud

    Folks can you please tell me if Flavourite Ice Cream isnt manufactured in Trinidad by the same company that supplies Cheffette with Ice cream? im thinking if flavourite own is condemmed shouldnt cheffette’s also?

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