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Premier W e n J i a b a o criticizes food safety in China
From Jinghua news
Premier W e n J i a b a o said during a meeting that malicious food safety cases such as “tainted milk”, “lean meat powder”, “hogwash oil”, and “dyed buns” have shown a lack of trustworthiness and a collapse of morality reaching a serious state in China. If national citizens do not have good character and moral strength, the country can not be strong at the core nor be respected by others. He added importance to the development of morality in China in order to arouse public awareness of honesty and accountability in China.
China food safety cases in recent years
Sanlu tainted milk scandal was exposed to public because of some accounts of infant deaths and illnesses in 2008. Although Sanlu finally fell, a lot of Melamine-tainted milk has not been destroyed and are still distributed in China. In September 2010, there was a nation-wide distributed memo stating all problematic milk should be turned over to local authorities. If pertinent individuals or enterprises cooperate, they would get off without penalty otherwise face severe punishment.
In March 2010, a famous restaurant in Sichuan was exposed for using hogwash oil, causing uproar in Sichuan’s catering industry. ‘Hogwash oil’ is cooking oil recycled and sold to restaurants cheaper than unused oil. It’s not only dirty but also increases cancer risks.
Lean meat powder
Shouroujing or ‘lean meat powder’, legal in the United States yet banned in China is used in hazardous amounts by pig farmers to reduce the fat content in pork and appear pinker and ‘healthier’. See Truth about “healthy and beautiful” pigs revealed.
In April 2011, dyed buns in several main supermarkets in Shanghai and Wenzhou were exposed to the public. It is said in Shanghai, supermarkets have sold many of these types of buns for years. The so-called corn buns are made of wheat flour, chemical lemon pigment (for color), chemical sodium cyclamate (for sweet flavor), and preservatives in unsanitary factories.
It takes about one hour to turn pork into beef by boiling pork in beef essence. It was reported that this fake beef exist in some delicatessens and beef noodle restaurants of many cities in China. Many similar essences are sold in China, usually bought by restaurants. By appearance, it is not easy to tell fake beef from true beef, even by a professional cook.
In April 2011, government officers in Yichang (Hubei province) found approximately 1,000 kilograms of poisoned ginger. The ginger was smoked with toxic sulphur. Sulphur can make ginger fresh, tender and preserve for a longer amount of time.