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Sanitary pad se ew sauce?

i bought kwong hung seng sauce at a Thai markets reccomendtion. I googled it and see the FDA has consistently found insect and rat filth in it. Know any clean alternatives?

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    1. That is totally gross!!! And it really makes me wonder about the vast array of imported products available in ethnic markets. I'm curious -- what prompted you to google the product in the first place?

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      1. re: CindyJ

        Hmm..I guess just to see what others thought of it. I also was aware of imported products from Asia being tainted with various things, so I had an eye open for that.

      2. I use Healthy Boy brand for black soy sauce and yellow bean sauce for Thai dishes. I am tempted to Google to see if any FDA warnings come up, after reading that. I've used the Kwong Hung Seng in the past-needless to say, I will never again.

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        1. re: twj

          I just bought Trader Joe's black pepper sauce, which is made in Thailand. Hopefully it does the trick and is free of vermin!

        2. oh my god, that is really disturbing, how is it still being imported? feathers? mouse hair? omg.

          maybe this will help? http://www.foodsubs.com/CondimntAsia....

          also, did anyone read the title of this post and laugh?

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          1. re: monpetitescargot

            I did! I confess I read it first as "Sanitary pad" THEN the sauce. Yikes.

            1. re: monpetitescargot

              <also, did anyone read the title of this post and laugh?>

              Yah. I opened this thread with trepidation.

              1. re: EM23

                "Sanitary pad southeast ew sauce", is what my brain told me.

            2. I watched a documentary about food in Korea about 10 years ago, there was a Korean lady who claimed she was a buyer for a large Korean food manufacturer. She claimed that the sanitation in Chinese and Thai factories was disgusting and appaling(she was talking about spice factories) , I dunno, I tended to beleive her. She was very convincing.

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              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                Oh man. This definitely confirms my reservations about using Chinese water chestnuts, black bean sauce, and other such imported ingredients. I always read lables to try to find products that aren't from China or Thailand, but usually there's no choice.

              2. this it? http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/...

                or this, i think: http://thaicookinghouse.com/glossary....

                ~~~~~
                if it's on the FDA red list, it ain't getting in, though. at least that's how i read it,

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                1. re: alkapal

                  No new product is getting in, but I wonder about stuff already on the shelves, in warehouse, or in stock rooms . . .

                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                    i may be a wuss, but whenever i have a "lee kum kee" brand option in a particular paste or sauce, i'll choose it. i have confidence in them from years of use (and presumably no FDA alerts. ;-).

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Yeah, I don't think avoiding rat excrement and whole beetle larva makes one wussy.

                      And Lee Kum Kee comes up clean, except for a brush with a possible carcinogen back in the 90's (which was not at dangerous levels and was in a lot of other brands of soy sauce as well)

                      Now if only I could be sure of getting clean (or at least clean-ish) bean thread noodles . . .

                      1. re: ZenSojourner

                        Many Lee Kum Kee products are made in California, which inspires a little more consumer confidence than those made in Asia, IMO.

                2. You put yellow bean sauce in your pad se ew sauce!

                  1. If you were to perform the same type of search for foods made here in the U.S. you would be just as disgusted.

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                    1. re: PotatoHouse

                      I generally agree with you, PotatoHouse. But, am I reading this correctly? Does it say that an alert was issued in 2011 based on sampling performed in 1987? Surely, it does not take 24 years for the FDA to issue this type of alert. I hope that I'm misinterpreting the following language used in the FDA Alert:

                      Import Alert # 24-02
                      Published Date: 10/11/2011
                      Type: DWPE
                      Import Alert Name:
                      "Detention Without Physical Examination of Kwong Hung Seng Brand Yellow Bean Sauce From Bangkok- Thailand for Filth"

                      Reason for Alert:
                      Over the past three years, Los Angeles District has sampled eleven
                      entries of yellow bean sauce for filth analysis. In a recent 6-month
                      period (6/87-12/87), five samples were analyzed. . . .

                      1. I hope they at least use clean sanitary pads!

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