That Great Wall of China is really meant to keep U.S. products out. Welcome to the world of tainted baby formula, dog food, toxic toys, industrial farm chemicals, corruption, substitution of phony products, and the most polluted air and water on the planet. “Health food” raw materials have been coming to the U.S. from China. For more detailed information read Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action
In the early 1980’s Seagate provided specialty seafood products to Chinese groceries, herb shops, restaurants, and to importers in Hong Kong and China. The interesting thing about Chinese herb shops is that the majority of the herbs sold in the stores are not processed or packaged. They generally sell the raw dried herb in bulk bins, easily identifiable as being real. They must do this because the Chinese consumer does not trust anything that is packaged and originating in China.
Every day Seagate receives at least one email from another Chinese wannabe supplier of raw materials. They do a word search for companies selling the bottled product matching the raw materials that they produce. Unfortunately in our case, they fail to read that we are a fishing and farming company that produces our own raw materials ourselves. Typical of these daily emails from China is this one below:
How are you going recently?
Learn more about us,pls visit our website
Glad to know you from Seagate.
We, Shaan__ Yi An Biological Technology Co.,Ltd, have dedicated to the research, development and production of herbal extract for more than ten years.
We have been getting nice feedback from our customers at home and abroad because of the good quality.
We have Grape Seed Extract.Do you need it?
When you need our products,contact us freely.Offer and samples are always ready.
Thanks & Best regards Kate H__
Seagate grows and harvests over 20 different raw materials. For each material, we receive emails from dozens of Chinese companies offering to be our supplier. The scary thing is some of the Chinese companies even offered us Olive Leaf Extract and Nopal Cactus, claiming to grow these products in China.
We would have been more open to these emails, though of course never needing to buy from them, had China reciprocated and allowed our products into their country. Despite doing trade shows in China, visiting customers, the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong, and having support from various trade organizations, it became clear after 4 years of effort that no matter what we did, they would forever throw up a new barrier to products from the U.S.
So, the next best thing to do is say good-bye to our polluted trade-protectionist friends across the Pacific, and go swimming with sharks. These sharks are mostly harmless and tend to approach divers. This shark was just beyond the effective 5 foot range of the strobes, which is the reason the colors came out with a greenish tint.