Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Chinese Quick Fix for Tainted Food Products

Smurf toothpasteMarket Watch reports that the Chinese government took prompt action following the world-wide problems of anti-freeze in the toothpaste, killer pet food etc. They simply executed the man in charge:

China executed the former chief of its food and drug agency on Tuesday for taking bribes and dereliction of duty, amid increasing pressure on the country to improve the safety of its products after a string of highly publicized incidents have raised serious safety concerns over its products.

The former official, Zheng Xiaoyu, who had been sentenced to death on May 29, was executed Tuesday, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Zheng was found guilty of taking 6.49 million yuan, or about $850,000, in bribes, including cash and gifts, and dereliction of duty, Xinhua reported.

Hmm…makes you wonder about our feckless Food and Drug Administration. I want to know who is responsible for their abysmal “Food Pyramid.” And who on board does the pushing for milk products? How about the long, costly drug approval process or the arbitrary elimination of products safely available in Europe?

As for taking bribes, Congress ought to clean house - or clean the cash out of the freezer - before the umm…hatchet falls, so to speak.

Meanwhile, I hope Chertoff is down on his knees, reciting long prayers of gratitude that he’s not in charge of anything in China. Prayers that start with “there but for the grace of God…”

Nothing like a few summary executions to bring about a profound change in attitude, hmm? Still, I’m not likely to be buying Chinese food products in the near future. Too bad…their clams were cheap.

But it takes more than one killing to clean up the Chinese bureaucracy. It brings new, surreal shades of meaning to "byzantine."

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2 comments:

Profitsbeard said...

I think this "execution" (set piece murder) was for home consumption.

I buy no food from people who eat our two best allies on Earth- the loyal dog and the sublime cat.

(Without whom human habitation and agriculture would have never gotten past cave bears and rats.)

Do the Chinese really believe that killing someone is a trust-inducement to buy their slipshod, tainted crap?

I also avoid buying things from massive intellectual property pirates. ($1 trllion stolen - in every form of techology imaginable- and still pilfering and plundering!)

No thanks, sons of Dung. (Jiaopeng.)

ln said...

Haut cuisine in china - or chinese ingenuity
From the Danish TV2-News 12-07-07:20:27

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Cardboard quenelles on the chinese menue.

The quenelles are known as 'Bao zi' - one of the many small dishes belonging to 'dom sum'. The quenelles are made in a factory in Beijing of 60 percent reuse paper and used cardboard cut in strips. The quenelles are filled with pork of very high fat content.
In order to get the right consistency, the paper and cardboard is soaked in caustic soda of that kind you use to clean the kitchen drain and then chemical flavouring and the fat pork is added -- then the quenelles are steamed in bambu baskets and become 'tasty and dainty' little dishes ready to be sold on the nearby markets. Bon appétit.

Pap-boller på kinesisk menu
Det lyder ikke umiddelbart som en spiselig lækkerbisken. Men ikke desto mindre bliver bollerne spist og produceret i Kina. Bollerne bliver lavet af op til 60 pct. genbrugspap og karton. Bollerne er kendt som Bao zi - en af de mange små retter, der hører sig til dim sum. Bollerne er fyldt med svinekød og bliver dampet i bambuskurve. Det var et kinesisk tv-program, der afslørede den alternative måde at lave bollerne på. Journalisterne fandt forhandlerne, der skar genbrugspap i strimler og blandede det med svinekød med høj fedtprocent, i en fabrik i Beijing. For at give bollerne den rette konsistens blev pappet blødt op i kaustisk soda, der har en ætsende virkning og ofte bruges til at rense afløb. Derefter blev der puttet kemisk smag i - sammen med det fede kød.
Og så var bollerne ellers klar til at blive solgt på markeder i nærheden.
Velbekomme!