Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Food Safety - Chinese authorities must clamp down on unsafe

Food hygiene and safety have beeen serious concerns in a massive country where some immoral and ignorant businesses have exploited loopholes and cause detriment to human lives.  A country can only be strong if its citizens are of good health - both physical and soul.  What is the point of showing off achievements in technology, economics and space when harm is done to the people on earth.

It may be theoretically and scientifically plausible to make of recycled human protein waste but to use hair in food is yucks!  The rumour about extracting amino acids from human hair for fermenting soy beans to make soy sauce has been around for a while. It was not until recently that the authorities have stepped up efforts to close down such factories and punish the perpetrators. Other negative publicity have been made of fake eggs and plastic milk.  In the latter, the victims are babies! More action needs to be done and quickly to prevent more innocent people from falling sick.

Interfax reports that media exposure has forced the government to respond to a scandal about soy sauce that was being made from human hair:

"The Chinese government has shown an unusually high level of concern as a result of a bold media exposure towards a scandal in which human hair was used to make soy sauce. The government has now ordered an immediate inspection of all domestic food seasoning plants before the end of January.

China Central Television (CCTV), the state television station, first raised public worries over the quality of domestic soy sauce by uncovering a substandard workshop in central China's Hubei Province, where piles of waste human hair were found. The hairs were treated in special containers to distill amino acid, the most common substance contained in soybean sauce.

Human hair is rich in protein content, just like soybean, wheat and bran, the conventional and legally accepted raw ingredients for the production of soy sauce."

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