What food safety? When in China, Do as the Chinese do

Alia | July 21st, 2014 - 10:25 pm
Full list of brands impacted by the scandal

“If KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Burger King and Starbucks all have food safety issues in China, and only in China, then there must be something wrong with China.”

Henan farmers on potentially toxic wheat: “They are all sold to you. We don’t eat them.”

Alia | March 28th, 2013 - 10:56 pm
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Farmers in Xiaokuai village, Henan province, have recently been found to use unprocessed paper mill wastewater to irrigate wheat farms. The reaction from these farmers, in the eyes of many netizens, marked the beginning of an era of people killing people.

Chinese netizens split on who to blame for Hong Kong’s newly imposed baby powder purchase restriction

Alia | March 2nd, 2013 - 7:06 am
Announcement of the new law at Hong Kong custom

Whoever intends to take more than 2 cans of baby formula (1.8 kilograms) out of Hong Kong now face tough penalties of up to 2 years in prison and a fine of about $64,500. Many mainland netizens questioned the justice of the new law, but more are simply outrageous, at both Hong Kong government and Beijing.

Chinese netizens to Europe horse meat scandal: “Bring them all to China!”

Alia | February 14th, 2013 - 11:22 pm
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Chinese media have been on high gear reporting the horse meat scandal, but netizens are responding differently. They think that horse and donkey meat taste better than beef, and that China has more serious food safety problems.

The toughest questions and the stupidest answers at China’s 18th National Party Congress

Alia | November 14th, 2012 - 2:00 am
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While two 11-year-olds raised questions about food safety and housing prices, two of the most-cared-about social problems in China, Liang Wengen, billionaire and CEO of machinery maker Sany, scored two of the Congress’ most-ridiculed answers.

In China, Little happiness matters

Alia | October 11th, 2012 - 3:14 am
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Mengniu’s new marketing message to Chinese consumers “Little happiness matters” fails in every possible way. In a sense, Mengniu and China are facing the same challenge – people feel little happiness using Mengniu products and living in China, but happiness, however small, does matter.

Special-supply food exclusively for astronauts angered Chinese netizens

Alia | June 14th, 2012 - 4:35 am
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In a country realing from toxic-food scandals and at a time when pretty much nothing is 100% safe to eat, a piece of news on exclusive organic food supply, no matter for government officials or for astronauts, will surely spark fury.

A bite of poisoned apple: Have media in China gone too far in food safety reporting?

Alia | June 13th, 2012 - 4:42 am
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Usually, the only voices heard about food safety related news in China are condemnations. Now a story of poisoned apples has Chinese netizens start to question whether the media have been doing the right thing.

The one man who is serious about boycotting Mengniu

Alia | May 25th, 2012 - 9:22 pm
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Wang XIaoshan, famous account on Sina Weibo, stood up against Mengniu, China’s leading dairy product brand deep in food safety scandals. Withe netizens’ help, he made a boycotting-Mengniu ad and had it played on LED billboards in several cities in China.

Another reason why you need to know chemistry in China

Alia | April 27th, 2012 - 1:51 am
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The salvation of toxic foods. No joking.