Food safety

March 11, 20133 Comments

1,200 dead pigs floating in Shanghai River points to heavy water pollution

Sources: Xinmin Evening News, CRI We don’t know yet if the polluted water has killed too many pigs, or too many dead pigs have polluted the water, but the sight of over 1,200 bodies of domesticated pigs floating with tons of garbage and flotsam in Songjiang River, which has the city of Shanghai downsteam and [...]

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February 6, 20133 Comments

Hong Kong’s ban on baby milk formula trade adds to tension with mainland China

As complaints over the severe baby formula shortage in Hong Kong rise, the local authorities plan to slap a tough restriction on the amount of formula outbound travellers can take. The new rule, which is aimed at mainland Chinese smugglers, has sparked fear, outrage and angst on Chinese social media. Under the regulation, each individual [...]

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June 18, 20128 Comments

Astronauts’ special food supply angers Chinese netizens

From Beijing News Just as China sends a manned spacecraft into orbit for its first docking mission, a news report about how Chinese astronauts depend on special food supply for nutrition and health has sparked widespread anger over the government’s failure to improve food safety for the general public. Some even call on the authorities [...]

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March 23, 20126 Comments

Photos: A ‘plastic surgery’ that turns duck into goose

From NetEase In Guangdong, because a domesticate goose costs twice as much as a duck, restaurants that serve roast geese usually pass ducks off as geese. After their feathers are plucked and their feet are choped off, the two birds look quite the same, except that a Chinese domestic goose may be readily distinguished from [...]

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March 16, 20126 Comments

McDonald’s bitten by China’s state watchdog over food safety. Which side do netizens take?

On March 15, China’s Consumer Rights Protection Day, China Central Television wielded its camera at world’s largest fast food chain and exposed a number of dishonest and unsanitary practices – with its reporter masquerading as a busboy. However, the story takes a surprising twist, after the hashtag “I trust McDonalds more than I trust CCTV” [...]

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February 20, 201215 Comments

Picture of the day: Walnut made of cement

Mr. Li bought 2.5 kilos of walnut from a street vendor in Zhengzhou city, Henan province on February 15. After he got home and cracked open some of them, he found that inside walnuts were broken concrete chunks. In order to reap more profit, vendors cracked open walnuts that have a thin husk, took out [...]

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January 2, 201210 Comments

What do Chinese people envision as the best life?

What kind of life do Chinese people desire the most in the new year? The news documentary featuring interviews with six ordinary Chinese people from all walks of life was produced by Chinese news portal Net Ease as a tribute to year 2011 and translated into English by Ministry of Tofu.

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November 22, 20113 Comments


From CNTV In a village administered by the northeastern city if Harbin, body of an old lady was dug up by the local department of civil affairs and sent to crematorium to be reduced to ashes about 70 days after she was buried.  Her family did get an ultimatum demanding them to dig up the [...]

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October 13, 20113 Comments

School feeds rotten veggies to students, sparking parents’ protest

From NetEase On the morning of October 13, parents who gave their children a ride to Dongfeng Elementary School in Zunyi, Guizhou province, saw a carful of food in bags unloaded and headed for the school’s kitchen. Curious about what their children have for lunch, they opened the bags, only to find that the ingredients [...]

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September 21, 201111 Comments

Photos: What do you really eat when you go to a restaurant in China

From Sina Blog Chinese food is yummy! But do you know how it is prepared in restaurants? A set of pictures taken by an anonymous chef working in a Chinese restaurant was leaked online, and they offer a disturbing peek into restaurant kitchens which might unnerve those of you who have enjoyed Chinese cuisine and [...]

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September 8, 20112 Comments

Video: Funeral held for cows reflects Chinese farmers’ woes

From Dahe Daily Elegiac couplets were written and hung; a sacrificial alter was set up; condolences were expressed; eulogies were pronounced; Buddhist monks were invited to chant prayers…For those who are wondering for whom was such a grand funeral and memorial service held, the answer is beyond their expectation: cows. A video of a funeral [...]

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September 7, 2011One Comment

Chinese state-owned pharm company’s interior design similar to Palace of Versailles

From Xinhua Several photos of sumptuous offices owned by Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Sixth Pharm Factory have become viral on Chinese internet, showing Versailles-style furnishings and domes and hallways decorated with gold-plated woodcarving. The state-owned company was soon met with a barrage of online criticism for its extravagance and waste of public funds. However, a person [...]

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April 18, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Shuanghui dumps tons of meat products into landfill amid food additive scandal

Shuanghui Group, China’s largest meat processor, is having a crisis after illegal additive was found in its meat products. Its ham sausages, the company’s most popular and one of China’s most consumed cold cuts, had been put off shelf for more than 20 days. The financial loss is estimated at millions of Chinese yuan. The [...]

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April 10, 20112 Comments

Picture of the day: Condom found in swill-cooked oil intended for Chinese diners

Unscrupulous businesses fish out the stinking hogwash from urban sewages and gutters and turn it into the clear-looking “edible” oil headed for tables of Chinese restaurants. As if it were not gross enough, a condom was found in unprocessed swill oil.

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April 8, 2011No Comments

Picture of the day: Shuanghui manager munches ham sausage to prove food safety

Shuanghui Group, China’s largest meat processor, is having a crisis after illegal additive was found in its meat products. Its ham sausages, the company’s most popular and one of China’s most consumed cold cuts, had been put off shelf for more than 20 days. The financial loss is estimated at millions of Chinese yuan. On [...]

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April 2, 20112 Comments

Chinese parody newspaper for April Fools’ Day censored by authorities

NetEase, one of China’s biggest web portals, published Happy Times on March 31 for April Fools’ Day. The parody newspaper, similar in style to The Onion, is laden with witty and scalding sarcasm. The spoof news stories nailed most social maladies and problems. However, several hours after its publication, it was removed from NetEase’ web [...]

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March 20, 20115 Comments

How a Chinese lives his day – netizens write lampoon and tweet about China’s food scares

The following essay and the tweet at the bottom of the page, have stricken a chord in Chinese people and circulated on the Internet, not only for its unmistakable sarcasm, but for its unexaggerated wrap-up of newsy issues that have been heard from news over the past few years.  The essay has been updated or revised [...]

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December 6, 2010One Comment

On eating mushroom or not, Chinese trust 11-year-old, discredit authorities

From Netease Soon after words got out that a primary school student found through lab research that “mushrooms on the market are whitened,” food safety has been once again brought to the spotlight. Beijing’s Food Safety Office issued a spot check result that says “97.73% of mushrooms have passed muster.” China Edible Fungi Association was also [...]

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October 25, 2010One Comment

Celebs are not omnipotent – on China’s new law that holds spokespeople accountable for products’ safety

A few recent incidents on food safety has brought celebs under fire for their endorsement. China is now drafting a law that holds celebrities liable for the safety of products they endorse. (caption: Deng Jie on Sanlu milk powder: “I trust.”) (caption: Jackie Chan on Bawang Shampoo: “Every man should own one bottle.”)

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