» 12/06/2010, 00.00
Mushrooms sold in Beijing treated with bleaching agents
A pupil finds that 81 per cent of mushrooms are treated with bleaching chemicals. The Beijing Municipal Food Safety Office’s counter test says the opposite, but people believe the pupil. In the melamine-tainted milk scandal, parents are forced to beg to pay for medical treatment, whilst the whereabouts of children rights’ activist Zhao Lianhai are unknown.
Food safety hard to guarantee in China
Health Ministry official reaches this unpalatable conclusion. Experts say consumer protection can only be achieved if protection agencies are independent from political institutions.
Man who criticised authorities over tainted milk is convicted
A Chinese court sentences Zhao Lianhai to two and half years in prison for setting up a website to collect information about tainted milk-related dangers. Six children died and an additional 300,000 were poisoned. His crime: “inciting social disorder”.
Milk crisis to cost billions putting millions of job at risk
Experts are trying to figure out economic impact on the US$ 23.5 billion industry which employs three million people, especially in small dairy companies. Government is working on new controls but melamine continues to be found in Chinese products and restaurants abroad.
Milk scandal: government reassures, but the rich seek wet nurses for their children
The leaders are trying to restore faith within the country and abroad. Wet nurses are highly sought after: they receive monthly salaries equal to one year's work. Doubts also about Chinese wine.
Adulterated milk, more than 1,000 confirmed cases of kidney problems in children
1,250 cases have already been verified, but the number is expected to grow significantly. Many of the cases are serious. Meanwhile, the government is telling the media to "soften" its tone. Experts: the market is too vast for controls to be effective.
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