Posts Tagged ‘Tainted Milk’

Get rid of it!

May 12, 2010

The China Economic Times reported that the deaths of approximately four children and sickness of a further 74 was due to the delivery of bad vaccines. The vaccines had purposely not been refrigerated in order to prevent label stickers from peeling off them – thus causing the problem.

First reported by well known investigative journalist Wang Keqin, it was promptly yanked from the paper’s website, and the Chief Editor; Bao Yueyang, removed from his position. Up until this point in time, Bao Yueyang had been a vocal supporter of the article, saying that:

‘In order to ensure that the lives of China’s children are kept safe, we will fight until the end.’

The report caused an immediate stir across China though mere hours later had been completely downplayed by the media on direct orders from the Propaganda Department.

Officials in Shanxi province said that Mr Wang’s story was flat-out wrong, but refused to actually provide any further details as to the how and why’s.

It strikes me as odd that the Chinese government would move to try and hide something like this, where in the famous milk tainting of 2008, officials involved were outright executed. Perhaps it’s because of previous events such as the tainting that they are trying to keep a tighter grip on what is actually released, as we all know, China’s image in these areas isn’t exactly spic n span.

Bad milk

November 25, 2009

Remember that Chinese tainted milk scandal? Where companies had used the industrial chemical melamine was added to watered down milk to fool protein inspectors. Well the end result was a boost in profits, 300,000 sick children because of course, melamine is known to cause kidney stones and sometimes outright kidney failure. And now  two men, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping; deemed responsible, have also been executed by the government on charges of endangering public health and selling toxic food.

I often think about these toxic food cases that come out of China and wonder whether they’re more concerned over the actual health problems they have caused in innocents, or embarrased over being caught out. Sure the Government steps in and executes where deemed appropriate, but is it for the right reasons? Somehow, when China is concerned, I have serious doubts.


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