20 August 2009

How does that song go?

"The lead-painted children's toys... are our future..."

-- BEIJING -- More than 1,300 children have been sickened in a lead poisoning case in China’s central Hunan province, the second such case involving a large number of children in the past month, state media said Thursday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 1,354 children who lived near a manganese processing plant in Wenping township were diagnosed as having excessive lead in their blood.
Hmmm... that sounds so familiar.

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5 comments:

Philanthropist said...

We need even stricter labelling standards. Almost all apple juice is apparently derived from China - what would the Chinese consider an 'apple'?

Neo Conservative said...

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"philanthropist asks... what would the Chinese consider an 'apple'?"

well, phil... more to the point... what are the pertinent chinese regulations regarding cultivation & pesticides... and how strictly is the manufacturing process monitored...

"I got about half way through it and decided to look at what was in Dole '100% Juice'. I figured it was from concentrate and I wasn't wrong, but I did get a surprise."

"Concentrate from ten different countries? Holy crap."

"Looking at that list, I probably wouldn't even drink the water from seven out of the ten."


scary stuff.

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Anonymous said...

Brought to us by the people who handle the mercury for our wonderful "GREEN" lightbulbs.

but I'm sure they're handling it with care ......

Frances said...

I remember the 'scandal' in the US when it was revealed that a prime supplier of apple juice to a baby food manufacturer (high end, if memory serves) was shown to be manufacturing same. Apparently apple juice is essentically indistinguishable from a mixture of water, sugar, and vitamin C.

Neo Conservative said...

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"frances says... apple juice is essentically indistinguishable from a mixture of water, sugar, and vitamin C"

except, of course, when it's laced with heavy metals or melamine or somesuch.

buy local whenever possible... it's a win-win.

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