Not made in China

A wood shortage in China has led to chopsticks becoming a sought after item.

In response to the problem, a US company has stepped in to fill the void and is currently working around the clock to keep up with the rising demands.

Georgia Chopsticks is producing two million sets of the traditional Chinese eating utensils with the owners of the company hoping to increase this to a massive 10 million pairs every day by the end of 2011.

Jae Lee, a Korean-American who started the company, said: “When I opened this business the reaction from my friends and family was “Are you crazy?”  But we have shown you can make something happen.”

The irony of the situation has not been lost on factory worker Susan White who said: “I thought what everyone else thought.  Everywhere you see in America “Made in China” and you wonder if in China they ever see “Made in America””.