» 02/11/2011, 00.00
Plastic rice made in Taiyuan
Various media accuse Chinese companies of making rice by mixing potatoes with a synthetic resin. This “rice” is cheap but highly profitable. However, the resin is hard to digest and is like eating plastic. Food safety scandals have rocked the country on several occasions.
More than 10 per cent of Chinese rice tainted with cadmium
An official study found the presence of toxic metals in samples, up to 60 per cent in some regions. Farmland and water are polluted and rice easily absorbs cadmium. Lead and other metals are present as well. Serious food safety problems are commonplace in the mainland.
Asian Development Bank: there is no food shortage
The bank says that there is only a problem of "poor distribution" of supplies, and calls on governments to lift export bans. But the FAO is afraid of having to suspend aid for millions of people, without new funds. The situation in China, India, and Pakistan.
Radiation too high in Fukushima rice, government cuts shipments
Nishifukuro in the city of Sukagawa, rice contains 110 bequerels of radioactive cesium: the limit is 100 bequerel. Shipments reduced after checking the 12 million bags of rice in the prefecture. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture: "There will be no impact on supply."
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No fresh or live fish in Beijing might signal fresh food safety scandals
Supermarket fish tanks are emptied. The China Food and Drug Administration plans inspections to check food safety. Food poisoning and safety issues boost fears among ordinary Chinese.
Questions raised over low cost flights after the Phuket air disaster
Official death toll reaches 90. It will be weeks before black boxes reveal cause of accident. In Asia tens of new budget airlines compete for market share. Experts point out that rules and regulations are not lax, warning travellers they should do their homework before stepping on a plane.
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