6 food scandals that marked China


The adulterated milk:


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The Milk in China has experienced several food scandals in the recent few years: Diluted milk with melamine in 2008 had infected more than 300,000 children, milk powder expired, change expiration date on the boxes, milk transfer for older in boxes for infants, which are sold at higher prices.

Chinese consumers have less confidence in the food industry of the country, and it is for this reason that the demand for imported milk explodes, causing it shortages in Hong Kong, which had limited the permissible amount of milk cartons powder per passenger leaving the country.


The crisis of floating pigs:

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On the morning of 5th March 2013, thousands of pigs were found floating on the Huangpu River.

“In all the surrounding villages, farmers throw carcasses into the river. As they wait nightfall, we never see them. Otherwise, we would prevent them because the water quality is significantly deteriorated and the fish is not good, “exasperates Liuchun Wu, 73 years old man.

The question is what motivates farmers to dispose of their dead animals in this way:

Jiaxing Daily,a local media says that these results have multiplied in spring 2013 after the police fought against the illegals who recovered the bodies before selling them in local markets. Without opportunity to get rid at a moderate cost of these carcasses, farmers choose to throw them into the river.

Does the population believe these explanations? It doesn’t seem to , local authorities tend to constantly minimize risks to avoid panic.

Thus, an Internet user, Zhao Shengye, spoke on Weibo ” Dear friends Shanghainese, I live in the northeast and what chance do we have to see that our pigs are not dead by the cold yet! “…


The water of Nongfu Spring :

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Leader of the China’s bottled water market,  Nongfu Spring, with 20% market share, faced quality problems: in fact, the company did not meet certain national norms, merely satisfying the local norms which is less strict. An official of the National Health Committee said: “The quality of water from Nongfu Spring would be worse than tap water! “. A recent survey says that 86% of respondents said they would no longer buy bottled water of this company.


Poisoned Ginger:

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The quality of ginger worries Beijing authorities following the discovery of specimens contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide, the “shennongdan” containing aldicarb. Contaminated products are from plantations around the city of Weifang in Shandong, well known for its plastic production. 27,000 hectares of land are contaminated with pesticide.


Explosive watermelons:

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Liu Mingxiu is still traumatized … These images haunt his lifetime since the fertilizer he used turned his field of watermelons into minefield…

Forchlorfenuron is a growth accelerator used to increase agricultural productivity by promoting cell division but distorting watermelons and destroy itself.

According to media reports, farmers who do not use this type of chemicals have also lost a lot of crops. And this is due to heavy rainfall and not the product Forchlorfenuron…


Soy sauce made ​​with human hair:

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Soy sauce that accompanies our sushi and other Asian dishes can be made ​​from human hair!

Many brands use this method, the “Hongshuai” soy sauce brand produce a cheap one.

The hair are from hair salons, then, they are processed to extract the amino acids necessary for the production of soy sauce. In Chongqing, factories used in their preparations a solution with hair dissolved in acid and water.

A scandal erupted in recent years when people discovered that a production of soy sauce is produce with hair collected in hospitals.

Decreasing confidence in the Chinese food industry:

Chinese now think they have been fooled by the food industry companies too much and lose their confidence in it.

It is not easy for a Western foreigner to follow the news of scandals food in China, how to eat, where to buy safe food…

Many companies like Epermarket exploit this market and distribute its products by physical or online channel. Their clients are Western but also Chinese, those that wants safe and quality products.

Epermarket says having diversified its range of imported organic products to meet the demand which strongly increase by consumers less and less reassured by the Chinese food industry.