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China’s poor treated to fake rice made from plastic: report

By David Edwards
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 11:45 EDT
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China’s history with food safety is a rocky one, but even in the annals of robbery and abuse, this will go down in infamy.

Various reports in Singapore media have said that Chinese companies are mass producing fake rice made, in part, out of plastic, according to one online publication Very Vietnam.

The “rice” is made by mixing potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic. The potatoes are first formed into the shape of rice grains. Industrial synthetic resins are then added to the mix. The rice reportedly stays hard even after being cooked.

The Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong reported that the fake rice is being sold in the Chinese town of Taiyuan, in Shaanxi province.

“A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag. Due to the seriousness of the matter, he added that there would be an investigation of factories alleged to be producing the rice,” Very Vietnam noted.

Unfortunately, it’s not the first time fake rice has been sold in China, according to China’s Global Times.

Previously, a company in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province had added flavoring to ordinary rice to synthesize “Wuchang rice,” which is regarded to be the best rice in the country.

About 300,000 people were injured and at least six infants died in 2008 when Chinese milk and infant formula was found to be adulterated with melamine, which was thought to help the milk pass nutrition tests.

Later that year, melamine was also discovered in Chinese eggs.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTOUXVLC2DJPT34AVJJZTFFT2I Rick

    But hey, here in America, China is our best friend!! And they’re sending us their food products, too, and dumba$$ Americans are buying them right up! At least if we can get more Americans to eat food imported from China, it would help control our population growth.

  • Anonymous

    Well … if the baggers and the repubs get their way about getting rid of our government regulatory agencies, we’ll all be eating shit.

  • mjcc1987

    Oh so very true

  • Anonymous

    Sort of like the margerine they’ve been feeding us for decades… the chinese learned from the best on how to defraud the People – American Corporations… Google this phrase, “A plastic or fluid emulsion of fat, or water in fat, oil, or fat and oil that are not derived from milk”

  • Anonymous

    It seems to me that natural rice would be cheaper than this concoction?

  • Taleisin

    ‘Chinese milk and infant formula was found to be adulterated with melamine, which was thought to help the milk pass nutrition tests.’ That is incorrect.
    The melamine was added to increase profits. After people became sick, the milk was tested and found to be toxic. The owners knew it was poison but added it anyway.

    There is a lesson to be learned here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q7G2NHLD62L3CDU7VHFZ4QPVQM Unknown

    You know the sad part is that somewhere in America thiers a coporate executive reading this article and thinking to himself “D_amn I wish I could do that, it would make millions”

  • Anonymous

    Only if its Rethugs and dumb souther good ol’ boys who are eating it.

  • Anonymous

    Not even rat or cat? Do they get salt with that? I wonder how it works with the chop sticks.

    No more taky outy for me.

  • Anonymous

    “…however, since no copyright nor patent laws are being broken the FDA and DHS spokespersons stated that they have decided there was no reason to restrict imports nor require testing of rice from China”

    No, it’s not real, but would a statement like that surprise you even for a moment?

  • Phil E. Drifter

    I think they already do. Hell you should’ve seen online by now how McD’s food doesn’t mold even after a month.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    Meanwhile, back here in Pepperland….we are getting medjool dates at the supermarket that are grown in the state of California.

    Dates that are as fat and sweet and moist and filled with fiber and taste as good as any date I have had from anywhere. It is awesome that good stuff still goes on.

    Small things make good days even better.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    See? Too many regulations. A truly unfettered free market and some daily prayer would magically resolve these unfortunate issues.

  • enorceht

    “… eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag. …”

    oh look a new recycling program … now there’s one recycling program that the repugs will stand behind

  • Anonymous

    I’m not one to defend the megacorporations who produce our food, but in this case, the term “plastic” refers to the “plasticity” of margarine, meaning its malleability or flexibility. “Plastic” in this sense is not the same as the “plastic” tub that the margarine comes in.

  • Anonymous

    @worstcountryintheworld, you were *this* close to presenting a classic American parody skewering the situation.

    “Not even a cat?”
    “Not even a rat?”
    “I wonder”, he said, “do they get salt with that?”
    “Lithium Chloride,” said the Cat in the Hat.

    Then I looked at Sally and she at me.
    “Do you think” I said,”That they get it for free?”

    “No fear,” said the Cat, “They are coming around”
    “Spoiling and polluting the air and the ground”
    “They are learning Capitalism, as quick as can be”

    We sat there and pondered that, all of us three.

  • Anonymous

    Our good friends in the land of Chin call this “progressive” and “innovative”.

  • enorceht

    we’re already there

    Big Win for Biotech: USDA Deregulates Monsanto Alfalfa
    http://www.truth-out.org/big-win-biotech-usda-deregulates-monsanto-alfalfa67373

  • Anonymous

    Actually both are true. They knew the products they were manufacturing would be tested for protein content. They also knew that protein is expensive. Melamine is much cheaper and the simple tests being used were fooled by it. And yes, they did know. Puts them on about the same moral ground as any other head of a large corporation, far as I can see.

  • tsuki

    I saw a report on China on Al Jazeera this weekend. It concerned N-Hexene, a neurotoxin, used in the manufacture of computer parts. Workers worked in small, unventilated rooms and developed problems. They were shipped off to state hospitals to be detoxed. The manufacturer just hired new people to poison, no consequences. No wonder it is so cheap to off-shore jobs.

  • Anonymous

    mmmmm…..
    The San Francisco treat!!!

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    Isn’t this taking “green” a little to far, turning rice into plastic junk food to recycle plastic bags? Lots of fiber though.

  • enorceht

    yes … we’re already there

    Big Win for Biotech: USDA Deregulates Monsanto Alfalfa
    http://www.truth-out.org/big-win-biotech-usda-deregulates-monsanto-alfalfa67373

  • Anonymous

    Apparently some of us souther[sic] boys are not quite as dumb as you seem to be.

  • Anonymous

    Rah so, thank you, thank you.

  • Anonymous

    The plastic rice is probably made by Monsanto.

  • DonnalBaine

    Anyone who works with China on a Manufacturing level is doing their business harm. Although their labor is cheap, resulting in a lower Cost Of Goods, it is offset by China’s bootlegging because there are no proprietary laws. In some cases, bootlegs are available even before the real products are on the shelves reducing sales of the real product… a loss of sales. Additionally, anyone who has products filled in China is just wreckless because of these atrocities of ingestible dangerous items being sold and consumed by their own people. I am sure that there is less concern for foreigners health if they can poison their own!

  • Anonymous

    head… almost….exploding…..
    Considering the huge amount of acreage planted with alfafa, that ruling just scares the crap out of me.

  • Anonymous

    You’re absolutely right, it’s a different type of plastic… so go take that tub and put it in your yard next to a stick of butter and watch what the bugs avoid and what they eat. Even they know what not to go near. Doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s garbage either way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    food requires land to grow.. plastic can come from virtually any cellulose and/or oil. Just depends on how much land is available for planting ..

    Every person needs 5 acres of farm land to eat for a year. China has 1.5 billion people, do the math.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    But in China, they were executed. In America, they get bonuses.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    and were executed.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine that. Even our computers are made of human blood and sacrifice. Have we changed at all since our barbarian days?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I’m sorry….here, have some plastic rice.

    Do you know how you can tell a Rethug? He’s bellyachin’ Yeeha!!

  • Anonymous

    In the way over-populated future, as we are sucking down Soylent Green, we’ll all be wishing for some plastic rice.

  • Anonymous

    Mao must be turning in his grave.

  • Chicago “FOX”

    When will WALL-Mart start selling it here ? To be used only for weddings of course,,then the birds will feast on this fabulous food and this will insure a happy and prosperous life for the recently wed,,,However this does not apply to the BIRDS…………………….Charles Belenchia

  • Jaimie11

    And furthermore, the FDA’s response to melamine contaminating baby formula was not to ban the powder from being exported to the US, but to increase the limits, formerly zero, of melamine acceptable in baby formula. A total reversal of policy in the blink of an eye.

    http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/PublicHealth/11168

    http://articles.cnn.com/2008-11-28/us/infant.formula.melamine_1_industrial-chemical-melamine-infant-formula-mead-johnson?_s=PM:US

    What’s next? Soylent green from China? All those aborted girls and executed political prisoners are obviously a huge source of potential profits.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but just because I was raised in a southern state by no means makes me a Republicon or a Demorat. You seem to be pretty good at the redneck dialect…I have lived in the Northern US and there are plenty of those to go around as well.

  • Anonymous

    I was waiting for the punch line. So we Californians can do something that is good and useful.

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention, margarine is actually only ONE molecule away from paint. And when you come to the history of margarine, you find that it was originally created to feed turkeys. Only problem is that it KILLED the turkeys. And since they had spent all that money on developing it, they had to come up with SOME way to sell it. They figured that if they put coloring into it, it would look like butter, and they could sell it to US instead. Now, after decades of being told how “good” it is for you, it turns out that butter is FAR more healthy. Stay away from that margarine crap. It’s just NOT good for you at all.

  • Buford2k11

    Why are there gasps of surprise??????????????????

  • Anonymous

    Stays fresher longer! Even after you eat it!

  • Taleisin

    Thanks for jogging my memory. Too many McDonald milkshakes I think.

  • http://twitter.com/marabout40 Amarlie

    You have got to be kidding. I know it’s China we’re talking about, but not even China could be so…EVIL!

  • Taleisin

    Thanks for the links. I honestly wouldn’t have believed it otherwise. It befuddles the mind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TYRSGPGUV7G6KLATV2LYVE7344 Marc

    What’s the big deal..? I mean, we all need roughage in our diet.. right? Just think about the colon cleansing benefit this could offer! Better than a high colonic as long as you don’t mind losing parts of your stomach lining too!

  • Anonymous

    China is the free-market paradise Obama and his corporatist friends want the US to compete with, meaning that the US oligarchy wants to turn the US into a similar “worker’s paradise.” Until US workers agree to eat plastic rice, live in a toxic soup, and earn about $2 per day, ObamaCo will continue to enable tax evasion and offshoring jobs for its corporate co-conspirators.
    Feel free to protest.

  • http://twitter.com/savagelight ThatBostonMan

    It’s a hoax. Read the discussions about it on the forums.

  • Taleisin

    Yes. It’s called McDonalds.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEAPT7CBGVXZE6PI5TQJ4ONNPM ndasilva28

    you’r math is wrong.

    3 acres for 1 person, but the increase is not linear. meaning its not 6 acres for 2 people, 5 acres will feed a whole 3 generation family just fine with left overs. Heck my grandparents lived off and raised a family off 2 acres their whole lifes.

    consider this, if the “overpopulation” myth is nothing but propaganda to have you call for your own extermination and you are going along screaming to be curbed, what does that make you?

    in a world where we are raised and bred to be exploited i guess is easy to assume that the scarcity that surrounds is normal and that the mental depravation, waist and decadence that you probably aspire for and is common place among the “elite” is normal as well.

    let me put it as clearly as i can: The masses in Africa are not starving because there are no seeds or land to grow their food, or beast to slaughter for meat, they are starving because they have no MONEY to grow their food.

    think about that.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, if they tweak it just a little further, the rice itself can be infinitely recyclable, all in the name of stretching food supplies threatened by global food futures trading and bundling.

    And yes, I just threw up a little in my mouth typing that.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, it has yet to hit anywhere except the progressive / organic agriculture sites.

  • Anonymous

    Uh–hundreds of millions of people have been eating margarine for what, more than 70 years now? I don’t recall hearing about the tidal wave of margarine-related fatalities and illnesses.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “let them eat cake”!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXCMSD27V46Y6BR63PWI6VC7UY Les

    The crunchiness of saran wrap, the piquant of a hefty bag. Better than the chinese food in my town.

  • Guest

    Evil? Don’t you mean efficient? Hell, that’s probably the best recycling program on the planet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    http://www.thevenusproject.com and http://www.zeitgeistmovingforward.com

    I’m hardly someone you need to be attacking with concepts like artificial scarcity or how we don’t have enough food to feed the world. I fully get it.

    But when you’re talking about specific geographical locations, you CAN have a lack of land sufficient to feed your population.. in those cases, supply/demand kicks in, right? … is that the case in China? Probably not; I was making a generalized assertion that is correct.. localized competition drives up cost.

    I do, however, find your math odd. 3 acres for 1 person or 5? Your implication is that there is no “base land need” for “each given person”, which is absurd. If you need 1,000 lbs of food for one person for 1 year, you need 3,000 lbs of food for 3 people for 1 year. Period. If you can only grow 300 lbs per acre, 1 person needs 3 acres and 3 people needs NINE.. otherwise you’re not talking about “land per person”, are you.

    And yes, we have plenty of land to “feed the world”; that’s not the principle being discussed.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Obama said “we need to get rid of unnecessary regulations” a few days ago. Yesterday he said something similar to the Chamber of Commerce. Bagger, Repub, Dem, not any different!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Many LL Bean apparel products and now made in China.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Vilsack has been a Monsanto Cheerleader for a very long time. … I’m guessing we’ll see him “revolving door” to Monsanto’s Legal Department right after he’s done with his current job of regulating that corporation.. I’ll lay 100:1 odds.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    It’s not “China”, it’s the “profit motive”. The worship of money causes people to do bad things to .. well.. everyone and everything around, just for more money.

    With a little luck, China will execute these money grubbers like they did the melamine guys.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Obama asked for a bill shutting down the loopholes.. the right-wing voted unanimously to defeat it.

  • Anonymous

    We won, and you still can’t stand it.

  • Anonymous

    And our health has just been getting better and better, hasn’t it? Our chloresterol levels are sky high, we have massive obesity, and profit means more than life does. Go ahead and consume all the margarine you want. It’s still NOT good for you. And margarine is not in and of itself deadly (unless you’re a turkey) but the use of it over years doesn’t help you out. It certainly doesn’t give you any of the benefits they have been telling you about for those 7 decades.

  • enorceht

    just getting us ready for the Soylent Green

  • Anonymous

    “I read that the Chinks get most of their cooking oil from refining sewage. Mmmmm Mmm just love that MalWart food! Can you even imagine what they feed their chickens? ”

    Why, your bigoted rants have almost rendered the people of China as subhuman…

    Except, of course, that they are so very much like you and me. Think about it for a few…

    Their Government is corrupt, spewing ideological rhetoric while industry literally gets away with murder. Meanwhile, the populous is completely powerless to do anything to help themselves due to a combination of social inertia and an overbearing, over reaching government. I’m guessing the poorest of them don’t even know what they are eating, but nor do they care because it’s better than going hungry and watching their children starve. Same with the quality of water, and air. Billions of people, many in poverty -do you really think they care about ideology beyond daily, local stuff, to the point that they’d risk what little they have? We are no different.

    Their government is no better nor worse than our own at taking care of the lower classes.
    Their people are no better nor worse than we are at taking care of their daily worries.

    Getting the picture? I’d even guess that somewhere “over there”, there’s someone just like you, typing about the Stupid Americans & how they think that being on top is their Destiny.

    Manifest, indeed.

  • High Sea

    Remember the 2007 cardboard-in-porkbun hoax? Take this story with a grain…of rice! BTW to the folks who are worried about planetary overpopulation, we’re not. What we are is compacted, thus, creating the illusion.

  • Anonymous

    Plastic rice for the poor is just the free market working.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    Can’t ya just eat a good date without paranoia?

  • Anonymous

    I say let the market decide. If people like this product better than real rice then who are we to try to dictate the parameters of the market. In a free market system, the best product will attract the most customers.

    Let them buy it if they want, if all the customers of this particular company or process die off then the companies using this process will eventually go bankrupt; that is how the market is supposed to work. If the people consuming this product don’t die but are just irrevocably harmed, the customers can always sue in the court system. That is how the free market is supposed to work.

    Government shouldn’t be deciding what people can eat and what they can’t! If people buy it and like ti then it should be available for consumption. Anyway with all the corruption and problems with the government, there is obviously no way that the government can prevent people from selling or buying this product anyway so I say let them sell it and let the market decide. People selling rice made from oil is not the problem here, government regulations are the problem!

    Ron Paul is GOD and his son sitteth at his right hand!

  • Anonymous

    They probably already have!

  • Anonymous

    It appears we can.

  • Anonymous

    I am sure this is snark. Poison people first, inspect later?

  • Anonymous

    poisoning food isn’t free market. China artificial devaluing their dollar, controlling media and information is also not free market. Preach free market but lets make sense.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for jogging *my* memory!

  • Anonymous

    Well, we put cellulose in bread and talk about the benefits is ‘fiber’ to the diet.
    Listen folks!
    Cellulose is wood pulp!
    If I want wood pulp I will gnaw on a twig!
    http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/547cellulose.html

  • Anonymous

    The alfalfa was approved in January, not content to waste valuable time Monsanto has moved on to sugar beets. Monsanto and the Department of Agricultural which works for them, did an end around the federal court ban on the Monsanto sugar beets. The agricultural department has stayed a federal court decision that prevented plantings until the environmental report could be provided in 2012. Obama’s agricultural department declared that the farmers could sow Monsanto’s altered Roundup ready sugar beets his year even without the environmental report.

    From February 5th

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/business/05beet.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Roundup%20sugar%20beets&st=cse

  • Anonymous

    And pretty soon, Americans will be imitating Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush and eating the soles of their shoes which were made in China.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    I heard they keep doing shit that keeps Mao turning. Then they convert the energy to electricity.

  • Anonymous

    So, they have Republicans in China too. Big deal…

  • Anonymous

    To farm in a manner now known as “sustainable” and provide enough variation for an adequate diet, you need more land than you’d think for the base amount. You also need enough to save for seed or other propagation, account for weak strains and other failures, etc.. And don’t forget that in most regions the growing season is not 365 days so enough must be grown to store for the winter. In the end, the threshold is somewhere around five people; above that the increase in land needed per person becomes close to linear.for quite a while.

  • Anonymous

    This has to be a phony story. You need a fiction section.

  • Anonymous

    Like cancer, you mean? Or asthma? Think demographics, and about other things that muddy the waters like smoking prevalence.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think this kind of math is appropriate. Obviously a meat based diet requires more land, water, and other inputs than a vegetarian based diet. So i think that there is something wrong with just throwing out figures without taking into consideration what the people are eating and growing. People can grow more food depending on the fertility of the land and the care that the land is given. It is also possible to have sustainable fertility without chemical fertilizers. All of these things count as well when it comes to production per acre.

  • Anonymous

    This is the model our oligarchy wants here. They want to get rid of the EPA, FDA, FAA, FCC, and OSHA. They want to take away your right to sue. The corporate monster has to be neutered. We have to go Egytian for Vermonts constitutional ammendment denying corporate personhood. We need to ammend the constitution to allow only elected representatives and sworn witnesses while they are testifying on the floor of congress when congress is in session. Also only elected representatives can author legislation. Also all funds used for political advertisement have to be reported and the funder identified. Take back America. It’s no longer liberty and justice for all and promoting the general welfare. It’s liberty for and promotion of the oligarchy.

  • Anonymous

    Worse yet, the stuff they now call, “table salt” is just one atom away from both Chlorine gas *and* sodium, an explosive metal! And don’t get me started about the dihydrogen monoxide they put in the drinking water…

  • Anonymous

    And yesterday he was telling the Chamber of Commerce that he would do wahtever he could to please them.

    Obama Reaches Out to Corporations in Chamber of Commerce Speech

    President Obama spoke at the Chamber of Commerce Monday as part of his campaign to reach out to corporate America. The Chamber spent more than $50 million during last year’s midterm campaign, much of it on television ads aimed at electing Republicans. President Obama called on American companies to start hiring again as he outlined a series of initiatives to help the business community.

    President Obama: “Which brings me to the final responsibility of government: breaking down some of the barriers that stand in the way of your success. As far as exports are concerned, that means seeking new opportunities and opening new markets for your goods. … Now, another barrier government can remove—and I hear a lot about this from many of you—is a burdensome corporate tax code with one of the highest rates in the world. …Which brings me to the last barriers we’re trying to remove, and those are outdated and unnecessary regulations. I’ve ordered a government-wide review, and if there are rules on the books that are needlessly stifling job creation and economic growth, we will fix them.”

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/8/headlines#10

  • Anonymous

    So China must be promoting DIEting to its overweight population. “Eat as much as you want without gaining those ‘uncomfortable’ pounds!” Of course, just like WOOD, plastic is indigestible because we lack the enzyme to metabolize it. So, people can just eat these things until some bright person evolves himself to produce such an enzyme. It is much better to let the market decide these things than to waste money on research!

  • Anonymous

    Did you ever see that paste that the McNuggets are made from?

  • Anonymous

    I’m aware of the history… kinda gross. and to think I actually ate that garbage when I was younger.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry… you must have missed the news on trans fats that’s been out since, ummm… before you were born

  • Anonymous

    If you retypred your message and changed the words that refer to China with words that refer to America it would be just as accurate. We are the country where the scurge of Aspartame was unleashed on the world. I think I would rather injest an inert hydro-carbon byproduct than a neuro-toxin like Aspartame

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOSPAQF5XFCTCWMMVEFGWUTVNM Joeschmoe

    Yeah thats it Bob, whatever it is, it must be the other side of the isle in the one party with two wings.
    Now i’ll keep scanning this page waiting for a brilliant (lol) republican to equate this to democrats.

    You people almost deserve the downward spiral you’re in, that you refuse to see.
    Just wow.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely agree that we can hold no moral high ground.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTLBO2QSFCLH4HG23BQCFWAO7E Kate

    Everyone who has a congressman or senator who thinks we should get rid of the EPA and FDA should forward this article to them.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the plastic rice is guaranteed to be free of lead?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    I don’t think China has much of an overweight population to speak of. This is a classic case of a corrupted, oppressive government trying to keep the poor and downtrodden in the society quiet for just a little while longer. It is also an example of how stupid most governments think their people are. “We’ll feed ‘em plastic. They will think their bellies are full and never know the difference.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    :P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    depends.. you stoned? :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    Your comments are dependent on the fact that these people KNOW what they are eating. You can’t have a free market without also taking steps to ensure the citizens know what the product they are buying is all about. If people know there is plastic in their rice and still eat it, that is their fault. But it is a completely different matter if that little fact is either hidden or lied about and the people are eating it thinking they are getting something else.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/SGJIZZ7Q65T4BAOW3S5NYP27MY Political Atheist

    Why? So Monsanto and other big Ag corporations can continue to create GM foods? What the hell do you think is in chicken mcnuggets?

    “U.S. McNuggets also contain a petrol-based chemical called tertiary butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) as well as dimethylpolysiloxane.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1291526/U-S-Chicken-McNuggets-contain-Silly-Putty-chemical-calories-fat-Britain.html#ixzz1DP2iHvcY

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for your government to save you. McDonald’s is one of the over 700.entities that got healthcare waivers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    I’m not arguing that Obama doesn’t have a distinct pro-corporate bent.. just noting that he’s made attempts to bring jobs back and powers beyond his control block that.

    He’s also trying to bribe businesses to bring jobs back with tax breaks. That won’t work either.. never has, never will.

    I’m a Democratic Socialist.. I don’t support 90% of what Obummer is doing, but he’s failing on the few decent things he’s trying because the right-wing shuts it all down (to little or no screeching from Obummer). Just noting facts, is all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    According to Ron Paul, poison people if it makes you money.. if they don’t like it, they can sue you for damages.. if it costs you too much in damages to stay profitable, you’ll stop putting poison in it…. never mind how little in damages a dead person can sue you for.

    and that’s not snark, that’s Paul’s “get rid of all regulation, let people use the courts” stance.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and too much salt will kill you, won’t it? That has been known for years. As to water, you can die just from too much of that, as well. And too much flouride will drive your kidneys into overdrive and cause mental difficulties like you can’t imagine. Lots of things will hurt you, whether in quantity or not. I don’t see the point to make things worse if you can avoid it. And in the case of margarine, you CAN. Just don’t eat that crap.

  • Anonymous

    We all did. It was supposed to be better for you, and it was cheaper than butter. Tastes like shit, but it was what the “responsible” person did back then.

  • Anonymous

    It was the melamine bullet that killed our cats with American and Canadian businessmen that pulled the trigger.

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_Gaston Michael Gaston

    Big damn deal. Bread companies in AMERICA use cellulose in bread. Check out http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_cellulose_in_bread

  • Anonymous

    Chicken McNuggets are made from 100% chicken material.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I read ‘somewhere’ that they also make their raisin bran from enriched sawdust. No telling what the ‘raisins’ are.

  • Anonymous

    If this is true when the Chinese govt catches this bunch they’ll once again be practising some “executive top down” – like they did with the baby milk story. Probably charge the families for the bullets too. Sensible way to deal with corruption – treat it as a crime against the people and the state and knock their bloody blocks off.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    material.. *shudder*

    and it’s not 100%.. there’s breading and binder to hold the “chicken material” together in a solidified mass.

  • Anonymous

    And how do you insure that people know? Be specific!

    The problem is that this solution requires perfect information, companies are always either lying about the contents of their products or they use ingredients whose deleterious effects might not yet be known. Example: The “micronite filter” in Kent cigarettes originally contained asbestos!

    Today we can’t even find out if the food products we are buying have ingredients grown from Monsanto engineered seeds and drowned in Roundup or even how many applications of Roundup such crops get! Or whether the milk we are drinking comes from cows that have been shot full of BGH!

    Tell me how you will get this information to the consumer and why we don’t have it now?

  • John Kessler

    cellulose |ˈselyəˌlōs; -ˌlōz|
    noun
    1 an insoluble substance that is the main constituent of plant cell walls and of vegetable fibers such as cotton. It is a polysaccharide consisting of chains of glucose monomers.

    Celery contains lots of cellulose. That isn’t a bad thing.

  • d f bizzle

    not so sure about that…in any event, cellulose is just insolluble plant fiber: naturally polymerized glucoses that are same in composition, but not structure, to amylose…the stuff that we can digest for calories. Wheat germ, letuce, bean skins…its all cellulose or “roughage” that helps you pass poop. If the paper companies put synthetics into this by-product, then its a problem…but non-caloric wood cellulose…could care less. Relax

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U4CB4JMBKUBO6NL2RNREZDZUEA Freeky_Fried_Chicken

    Why don’t they just sterilize and exterminate massive numbers of their population?

    They caused the problem- they can solve it.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    But without law or regulation the courts are of no value. So spins the libertariCON in its little circle.

    The product safety tort floodgate was opened after a court finally said enough is enough to dozens of years of auto sellers avoiding liability on defective products. they had a circle jerk going where the manufacturer said it was the dealers liability and the dealer said it was the manufacturers so no one paid.

    The companies work the courts to the limit by footdragging and outspending any individual. Besides the republicons whine about lawsuits as well. They just want corporate immunity.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe you can find some of that plastic rice online, for your “Big damn deal” feast.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t they just sterilize and exterminate…??

    And why don’t they just start with YOU?

  • Anonymous

    Hmm…the other day I ate some rice from a store recently and even after cooking some of the rice still was hard. In fact, it had a kind of brittle texture to it. I wonder…

  • Anonymous

    Hmm…The other day I ate some rice that I recently purchased from a store in my area. Even after the rice was supposedly cooked some of the rice grains still were brittle in texture. I just wonder…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX3MXXPF52BXCKGNLDNPADILPQ paul rogers

    RS knows that most of it’s readers don’t have the ability to think critically. Besides, as long as it fits into the world view of evil corporate war mongering profiteers srewing the little guy, their readers will accept is as gospel, no matter how obvious it is that the whole thing is fiction.

    Kinda reminds me of Maddow believing that Sarah Palin was going to invade Egypt.

    “The rice reportedly stays hard even after being cooked.”

    Seriously?!?!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Trust in Big Government and this is what you will get. Just look at our WATER in the U.S.: filled with toxic chemicals such as perchlorate, poisons, and much more! Just wonderful, right?

  • Dolmance

    When I see people who are hungry, I just give them appetite suppressants. It’s way kinder than this.

  • Anonymous

    If China is in fact the economic superpower of the future, then
    the future looks bleak.

  • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

    Do you have an ultimate point? i’m just curious.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5XKDORJ6HIVIZ6V5OTK76KTEY Immortal

    Pretty soon the “free market” types will claim its honorable to sell nuclear weapons if people want to have them.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this is those vaunted “market forces” at work.

  • Anonymous

    To je skoro horsi nez komunisty, ze ano?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UE4ZF7APAPMYOWNBHLBHM4TBKM TERENCE R GALLAGHER

    Not surprising…The Global Powers That Be have been feeding us non-food for many, many years. Prepared food that you’ve been buying for years at your local grocery have many non-food ingredients, such as wood fiber, cattle bone char, coal tar dyes, etc. The list is,sadly, very long.
    We have been slowly conditioned for decades accept non-food as food, and things that were formerly considered waste products of producing cattle, for example, are now called “food additives” and are showing up all over the place…in China, here…everywhere..

    SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE…when does it become reality?

  • Anonymous

    Coming to a MalWart near you: Chinese Capitalist Commie Cakes…..yum yum yum.

  • Anonymous

    Fakt jo!

  • Guest

    since china became communist. people in china became animal or worst than animal. there is no religion, no morality, no ethics, very hard to find a good people in china they’re all brainwashed by communist.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    GDP per capita at current prices, United States

    $45,989 current US$ – 2009
    Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators

    GDP per capita at current prices, China

    $3,744 current US$ – 2009
    Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators
    Disclaimer

    This is obviously sensationalist/Yellow Journalism. In the tradition of Hearst. Focus on people getting scammed in China, do not focus on people starving to death in India:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/13/world/asia/13malnutrition.html?_r=1

    “China, that other Asian economic powerhouse, sharply reduced child malnutrition, and now just 7 percent of its children under 5 are underweight, a critical gauge of malnutrition. In India, by contrast, despite robust growth and good government intentions, the comparable number is 42.5 percent. Malnutrition makes children more prone to illness and stunts physical and intellectual growth for a lifetime. ”

    That is because China’s economy is over 80% collectivized:

    http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=47541&t=China:+++Communist+Party+controls+wealth+and+big+state+owned+enterprises

    “In China, 129 state-owned companies enjoy monopolistic status in key sectors like oil, gas and telecommunications, representing more than half of the country’s GDP. Through them, the Communist Party has direct control over the nation’s wealth, at the expense of private companies and ordinary.”

    And that isn’t counting the massive spending increase on social programs:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-03/06/content_6514624.htm

    “According to Wen’s report, the central government budget deficit this year will be set at 180 billion yuan, 65 billion yuan less than last year, and the government plans to issue 30 billion yuan of treasury bonds for investment, 20 billion yuan less.

    At the same time, allocations from this year’s central government budget related to agriculture, rural areas and farmers total 562.5 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 130.7 billion yuan. Other expenditures relating to the welfare of the public include:

    - Central government allocation for education will increase from last year’s total of 107.6 billion yuan to 156.2 billion yuan, and local governments will also increase their spending. The premier pledged “free compulsory education universally available in both urban and rural areas.”

    - China will extend the trial of basic medical insurance for urban residents to over 50 percent of the country’s cities. China will fully implement the new type of rural cooperative medical care system in all rural areas. Within two years, China will raise the standard for financing from 50 yuan to 100 yuan per person per year, with central and local government contributions to be raised from 40 yuan to 80 yuan per person.

    - The central government will allocate 83.2 billion yuan to support the reform and development of health care, an increase of 16.7 billion yuan over last year, with the focus of spending on facilities at the urban community and village level.

    - A total of 276.2 billion yuan will be appropriated this year in the central government budget to accelerate development of the social security system, 45.8 billion yuan more than last year.

    - A total of 6.8 billion yuan will be allocated from the central government budget for the low-rent housing program this year, 1.7 billion yuan more than last year, and local governments will also increase funding in this area.

    - China will provide safe drinking water for another 32 million rural residents and support the building of a number of large and medium-sized methane facilities to serve an additional 5 million rural families.”

    Also consider how the US treats illegal immigrants, now consider how China is treating illegal immigrants/migrants:

    “The government also launched campaigns to help migrant workers retrieve salaries in default and ordered migrant laborers to be included in social security network with industrial accident insurance.”

    Also income for China’s average joe:

    “A series of moves have helped boost the people’s well-being and lives. The urban per capita annual net income rose from 7,703 yuan in 2002 to 13,786 yuan in 2007, and rural per capita annual net income rose from 2,476 yuan to 4,140 yuan during the same period.”

    When was the last time our average household incomes doubled?

    You can criticize all these little terrible scare stories all you want, but in the end the people have chosen a collectivized economy and for good reason.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    Also more Beijingers are environmentally aware then Americans:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-06/30/content_10037161.htm

    “On being asked if they would consider the energy-saving factor while buying amenities, 84 percent of the residents said they always consider the factor and 11.7 percent said they consider sometimes.

    Some 91 percent said they are willing to buy energy-saving products. Among them, 95.2 percent said they were willing to pay more for such products, which are usually more expensive than the ordinary ones.”

    As a consequence China is leading the world in Green Technology:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/15/china-surprising-leader-i_n_392165.html

    Making the World’s largest solar power plant:

    http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-09/biggest-solar-power-plant-set-china

    “First Solar just signed an agreement with China to build the biggest solar power plant yet, according to a statement released today by the company. The 2-gigawatt plant in the Mongolian desert will generate enough electricity to power three million homes. ”

    They are also taking the lead in electric vehicle development:

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/19/china-charges-into-electric-cars/

    And they outlawed circuses for animal cruelty: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8266563/China-bans-animal-circuses.html

    “However, the Chinese government has now issued a total ban, which came into force on Tuesday across the 300 state-owned zoos which are part of the China Zoo Association. ”

    And they are tightening regulations on zoos.

    They are also the fastest growing economy in the world.

    Saved the world from a much worse recession:

    http://www.dailymarkets.com/stock/2009/03/10/can-china-save-the-world-in-this-recession/

    Is the number 1 holder of US debt, with a 2/3rds trade deficit their way and ordered their state owned banks not to sell during the recession.

    And they are bailing out Europe:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341110/Fresh-humiliation-euro-zone-China-says-bail-debt-ridden-nations.html

    For a country that has been shit on by the Europeans and Americans and corporations for the last 200 years, they seem to be pretty cool given their strategic position.

    They are also doing a lot more with a far smaller GDP per capita. Again when was the last time our incomes doubled?

  • Anonymous

    FDA ok’d cotton in cheap white bread as a filler, no news here?

  • Anonymous

    Stop giving General Mills ideas, or they’ll make cereal out of old milk jugs. I can hear their gears meshing over what they can do with school lunches and soldiers’ MREs (three lies for the price of one already: It isn’t a Meal, it isn’t Ready, and you can’t Eat it.) God only knows what they’ll put in tv dinners.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    “These results indicate there’s a great deal of similarity between the food companies that market unhealthful foods and Big Tobacco. Both industries rely in misinformation, burying negative data, and confusing the public with conflicting evidence. And just as Big Tobacco has long insisted that nicotine is not addictive and there is nothing unhealthful about smoking cigarettes, the food industry and soft drink companies continue to insist there is no such thing as an unhealthy food. They say that any food, no matter what ingredients are in it, can be part of a healthful diet. They also tend to blame lack of exercise, rather than their foods, for causing obesity.

    The position of the U.S. food industry is, of course, nothing short of outlandish. To suggest that there’s no such thing as an unhealthy food strains the credibility of logic and common sense. Clearly, there are some foods that promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases. At the same time, there are other foods that even prevent those diseases.”

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/001693.html#ixzz1DQGQACoG

  • Anonymous

    Maybe that’s why the “rice” has plastic?
    Another reason to Grow Your Own or at least know where it grows.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    Or consider the Cancer Industry we have as a consequence of the unregulated use of petrochemicals: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Health/Cancer_Growth_Industry.html

    “Over recent decades, the incidence of cancer has escalated to epidemic proportions, now striking nearly one in every two men, and over one in every three women in their lifetimes. Even more disturbing is the recent recognition that this very high incidence of cancer is going to increase further still and, by the year 2050, it will be doubling the current very high incidence rate.

    If you look at a cancer called non-Hodgkin’s Iymphoma (the cancer from which Jackie Kennedy died), over the last few decades, the incidence has gone up by nearly 100 percent. When you look at brain cancer,

    the incidence has gone up about 80 or 90 percent. When you look at breast cancer, it’s gone up about 60 or 65 percent. When you look at testicular cancer, particularly in men between the ages of 28-35, it’s gone up, believe it or not, nearly 300 percent. When you look at childhood cancers, depending on the particular cancer, the incidence has gone up as high as 40-50 percent. These are all non-smoking cancers.

    The public is under the general impression that the real increase in cancer rates is due to smoking. There’s no question that smoking is the single most important cause of all cancer, however, when you look at the data, lung cancer and other smoking-related cancers account for between one-third and one-quarter of the increased incidence of all cancers. Incidentally, the incidence of lung cancer in men is being sharply reduced because men are giving up smoking, while in women it is increasing.

    Is it because people are living longer that they’re getting more cancers? The answer to that is no, because when we talk about cancer incidence rates, we adjust them to reflect the increasing longevity of the population.

    Can genetics be the possible reason for this major increase in cancer? Not at all. There’s no chance whatsoever that the genetics of human populations has changed in the last 40-50 years. It takes tens of thousands of years for genetic effects in the general population to change. So one can exclude genetics and sharply limit the role of smoking.
    What about fatty diet? There’s really little evidence that fat is a risk factor for cancer. For instance, if you look at Mediterranean countries, they have extremely high fat
    consumption, particularly olive oil, which can be as high as 40 percent of the diet. But the rates of cancers, particularly reproductive cancers, are low. However, you find strong relationships between the consumption of animal and dairy fats and some cancers. But that’s a reflection of the fact that these are highly contaminated with a wide range of industrial, chemical, and petrochemical carcinogens.

    There has been a massive escalation in the incidence of cancer that cannot be explained away on the basis of smoking, longevity, genetics, or a fatty diet.

    Is the reason we’re seeing this enormous increase because there isn’t money to pay for the research necessary to investigate all the causes of cancer and to give the public, Congress, and the regulating industries this information? Not on your life. In fact, if you look at the finances of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS), you find the following: when President Nixon declared the war against cancer in 1971, the annual budget of the NCI was about $180 million. Now, the budget is $4.6 billion dollars a year. That’s a 30-fold increase. Similarly, the budget of the ACS has been escalating and it’s now near $800 million a year while they have about $1 billion dollars of assets in cash and other reserves. NCI and ACS compose what we call the “cancer establishment.” NCI is a governmental or federal institution, which taxpayers pay for, and ACS is the world’s largest non-profit, a so-called “charity. “”

    Cancer causing chemicals have been put in virtually ALL our consumer products:

    “They fall into three general categories. The first relates to consumer products. By consumer products, I mean things you can buy in a store which include food, cosmetics and toiletries, and household products. In all of these areas, the consumer, once given the information on which of these pose cancer risks, could boycott them and shop for safer products.

    Animal and dairy products are highly contaminated with a wide range of pesticides and other industrial, chemical carcinogens. Take meat for instance. Apart from the pesticides and industrial carcinogens, you have the sex hormones. Cattle in feedlots, 100 days to slaughter, are implanted with sex hormones, from which high residues are left in the meat that you eat. These are very important risk factors for reproductive cancers-testicular cancers in men, breast cancers in women- and leukemia in children.

    Children love hot dogs. Hot dogs are dyed pink and red with nitrite and the nitrite reacts with certain amines-chemicals naturally present in food-to produce highly potent carcinogens known as nitrosamines. We have the chemical data showing that nitrosamines are found in nitrite-dyed hot dogs. We also have what’s called epidemiological studies showing that children who eat nitrite in their dyed hot dogs-which are the standard hot dog-have up to about a three- to four-fold increased incidence of brain cancer and about a six- to seven-fold increased incidence of leukemia.

    Apart from that, most of the milk in this country is contaminated. It comes from cows that have been injected with a genetically engineered growth hormone to increase their production of milk and this hormone increases levels of a natural growth factor, known as IGF1. The milk becomes supercharged by this growth factor, which in high levels has been clearly associated with breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

    Aside from food, cosmetics and toiletries are a witches’ brew of undisclosed carcinogens. When you look at the label on the back of a bottle of shampoo, you see about 20 chemicals listed. This means nothing to anybody because there’s no indication as to which of these chemicals are carcinogens.

    These chemicals fall into three categories. There are ingredients that are carcinogenic themselves like talcum powder. For example, women, particularly pre-menopausal women that dust their genital areas with talcum powder after showering and bathing, have up to a three- to four-fold increased incidence in ovarian cancer. There are also other ingredients that themselves are not carcinogenic, but which break down to release carcinogens like formaldehyde. Lastly, you have ingredients, which interact with each other to form carcinogens. Are woman informed? Not at all.

    One other area of consumer products, besides foods, cosmetics, and toiletries, is household products. For instance, there’s a deodorizer a lot of people use in their toilets, bathrooms, and elsewhere called Para. Para is composed of dichlorobenzene, which is a highly volatile, highly potent carcinogen. But there’s no warning whatsoever about this.
    Pesticides in the home, lawn, or garden are very risky indeed. If you use pesticides in and around the home, your dog will have a five-fold increased risk of getting a not uncommon cancer in dogs called canine lymphoma. More importantly, there are major excesses of childhood cancers where pesticides are used in and around the home, lawn, or garden, and where pet collars containing carcinogenic chemicals are used.

    So these are the three areas of consumer products for which the consumer, given a choice, could reduce his or her risk, but they are denied this information by the cancer establishment-a fundamental violation of the democratic right to know. So that’s the first category in which the public could easily reduce their risk of cancer.

    The second is medical drugs given to you by your doctor. There is the requirement for informed consent. When your doctor gives you a drug, you are entitled to be given the basic information as to the dangers of these drugs. But in general, you’re not. The drug companies do not provide doctors this information or the information is trivialized. They’re not provided this information by the cancer establishment.

    Ritalin, for instance, is a drug widely used for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children. We use about 10 times more per capita in the U.S. than any other country in the world. If a child misbehaves in school, the parent is told that the child has ADD and the doctor prescribes Ritalin, which is a highly dangerous carcinogenic drug, which also has been shown to induce very aggressive liver cancers in rodents.

    Then you’ve got Evista or Raloxifene, which is the trade name. It is widely prescribed by Ely Lily for osteoporosis-millions of women the world over get it. There’s clear-cut data, which Ely Lily has admitted in its own internal confidential information, that Evista induces ovarian cancer.

    When estrogen-based drugs are used for estrogen replacement therapy, particularly the estrogen drug alone without the testosterone, you get risks of uterine cancer in 1 in every 100 women after 10 years. This is a very high risk. It’s much greater than the 1 in 250 annual incidence of lung cancer in heavy smokers.

    Let’s move on to the third category-domestic, chemical terrorism. The petrochemicals and other industries have contaminated our environment-air, water, workplaces, and foodstuffs-with a wide range of petrochemical and other carcinogens. They have done this knowing full well that these chemicals are carcinogenic. This relates not only to the petrochemical industries, but also to the mining and other industries, particularly in medical radiation. Why are we being subjected to these risks? It is for the profit of corporations that could relatively easily, by what’s called “toxic use reduction,” phase out the use of chemical carcinogens and substitute them with much safer chemicals.”

    Most of us will die from this poison. And in a horrible way.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Taco Bell’s “beef”

  • Anonymous

    In other words they’re (FDA) poisoning our food and then killing us softly with prescription drugs. European fast food chain i.e. MacDonald and such may not use same US ingredients by law because it’s ILLEGAL! Stop drinking tap water contains chinese sodium fluoride and has been proven it lowers the human IQ?

  • Anonymous

    We have probably been importing this crap for years.

  • Anonymous

    The process and “ingredients” used to create this abomination probably cost more than it would to just grow and harvest real rice…

  • Jaimie11

    They were executed, yes, instead of the systemic problem being corrected, and obviously, now we’re seeing that execution really is not a deterrent.

  • Anonymous

    Tainted food? Industrial pollution? Ho hum. Business in China.
    Screwing with rice? I wouldn’t sell the company officers life insurance

  • Anonymous

    MRE – Meals Refused by Everyone or My Rectum’s Embalmed

  • Anonymous

    Try actually meeting Chinese people instead of wrapping your lips around John Birch’s skinny little cigar

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    I notice that the horrendous pollution situation in China is missing from your list of stories. It is estimated that over one million Chinese people die premature deaths EVERY YEAR from environmental causes. Air pollution in Beijing is now so bad that there are more pollution alert days than there are non alert days!

    How long is it going to be before their population demands that the issue gets the attention it deserves?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Let them eat cake.. MA

  • Anonymous

    A little kabuki for the rubes; Obama pretends to want to do the right thing, but the terrible Repugs won’t let him do it. He tried to play the health insurance debacle the same way until it was revealed he’d bargained away single-payer and the rest before the fight even got started.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I was thinking.

  • http://twitter.com/1rebelle cheryl strickland

    Let’s not forget they poisoned our pets in 07 and our children in 07,08,09

  • http://twitter.com/1rebelle cheryl strickland

    they aspire to be as good in quality as taco bells beef. At least it kills us over a long period of time.

  • Guest

    meeting Chinese? i’ was talking chinese people in china. i don’t know who
    you are? but i’m Chinese who live in china now.

  • http://twitter.com/SwordNSacrifice Rob Purdie

    All of this begs the question “Why do we keep buying things from them?”

  • http://twitter.com/BrentonEccles Brenton Eccles

    SHE NEVER SAID THAT!

  • Anonymous

    uncle ben’s is gonna shit plastic nickels if they are found by the FDA to be using this stuff.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZJLWE7ZNVMIF2GAIF2POSUFDM Red

    I have no words for how outraged I feel at this moment

  • Anonymous

    bu$h was a fake president made from bull shit, so what’s the problem?

  • Ratm435

    paper or plastic.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C3ZLV3FECOSZHEII5XPC5ZX5QM Sean

    Being from this area of China it is easy enough to verify or challenge the article as a blatant lie. This website so often writes the most insane things with no credible backing whatever. I am a pharmacist and I will, along with two workers, look into this and see if we can find any of this ‘plastic rice’. This is insane, but I will look into it. Stories like this surface all too often and after the web has criminialised and indicted the innocent they turn out to be false. Don’t be upset until you find out whether it’s another Alex Jones lie or half truth, or all truth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C3ZLV3FECOSZHEII5XPC5ZX5QM Sean

    Now you’ve gotten us going. I have a total of 8 people out combing the markets here to purchase sample rice for “poor people” as well as from common markets. I will personally analyse each little batch (about 250ml by volume) and see what I can find. The first rice is already here on my bench and I’ll be doing this in the next few hours. Funny, when Americans get ill or die from tainted vegetables or meat (a nearly monthly occurrence it seems) you Alex Jones types are oddly silent. Let it happen anywhere “not in America” and you go ballistic.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much Monsanto paid them to try this sh*t on the Chinese people?

  • Anonymous

    Bro, what are you talking about, it was no fucking picnic before 49.

  • Anonymous

    Trust in predatory capitalism and this is what you get.

  • RottenJohnny

    Coming to a supermarket near you.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “which is regarded to be the best rice in the country.”

    Are you folks not native speakers of English?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XZOZFUWR3YKJ25ZUAQQZWO7R6I SR

    You guys forgot the best part:

    The rice is grown in sewer water.

  • Anonymous

    More misinformed, misdirected. mendacious and historically inaccurate crap from the libertarian outhouse!. While the boot-lickers of big business want to blame every evil in America on “the gov’mint,” the truth is that the very polluters who are actually responsible for much of the pollution in the water in America have been fighting every environmental regulation in Congress and in the the Courts since Reagan became president, and set to work making sure that government didn’t work.

    Is it “Big Government” that is polluting the rivers, lakes and ground water of America?

    No! The polluting culprits are the same businesses that the anti-government types claim will suddenly, through some kind of magic, stop polluting as soon as government stops enforcing any kind of anti-pollution laws.

    This anti-government regulation saw is getting so old and worn that it is amazing it will even cut z’s.

    The fact is that from 1972 until the mid eighties the Clean Water Act was actually working and working pretty well, many of the nation’s rivers and streams were becoming safe to swim in, the fish could once again be eaten and in conjunction with the clean air act, acid rain was actually becoming less of a threat to the forests of the East Coast.

    Then Reagan became president and by 1986 the two prong attack on government and government enforcement under Reagan and business sponsored court cases challenging the law had made it nearly toothless and ineffective.

    But anyone who believes that businesses that have spent millions challenging the clean water act and other environmental regulations in court, rather than stop pouring millions of gallons of effluent in the nation’s rivers lakes, and streams, are suddenly going to stop this blatant attack on the environment because government stops regulating environmental protection is living in a dream world of willful ignorance and fantasy.

    All one has to do is look at the current struggle in Pennsylvania regarding the practice of fracking and the water that is being poisoned all over that state wherever this practice is being used to see that businesses are running a muck. The people are fighting this practice which is resulting in ground water poisoning so severe that the water will literally burn as it comes out of the tap, Is this “the government’s” fault? Is “the government” responsible for this in any way? Only in the sense that they haven’t been able to generate the political will to stop this practice.

    But the companies are not going to stop until they are forced to stop and the only entity that can force them to stop is the federal government and a weakened federal government that cannot generate regulations or the monies for enforcement personal and effective enforcement is not going to be able to stop this practice.

    The conservatives have been working diligently since the early 80s to prefect the pretense of ineffective enforcement as the prima facie reason for even less enforcement. They think this strategy together will lower tax revenues to preclude even minimal enforcement will eventually result in no government regulation or enforcement of environmental laws at all. In fact, many Republicans and libertarian types want to do away with the environmental protection agency completely.

    Only then will business be able to return the environment of the United States to that pristine state that first greeted the first settlers at Jamestown and Plymouth Rock. You see businesses would really like to clean everything up now, of course, but “the gov’mint” is preventing them from taking the necessary steps to do this today.

    Only when all regulations have been stripped from the law and enforcement is zero will businesses truly be able to perform their environmental restorative magic.

    And the South was on the verge of voluntarily ending slavery when the Confederates started firing on Federal Troops at Fort Sumter too!

  • cannotvote

    Must be true!?

  • http://voxxrocks.com/blog/ HIStory Indeed

    This is what they do to their own people… on top of sending the deadly dog food, cadmium coated pocketbooks and jewelery, lead tainted toys and mold laden dry wall to us here in the states.

    The next time you hear one of our idiots tell you we need to do XYZ because of “National Security” ask them why they turn a blind eye to the National Security aspects behind keeping the public safe from the Chinese soft killing and reducing fertility of Americans.

  • CaptainHowdy

    How the fuck can plastic rice be any cheaper than the real thing?

  • BrainRagYell

    Comedy win!

    =D

  • BrainRagYell

    You should be brainwashed by an English teacher.

  • BrainRagYell

    You’re living in China and able to post on this site?

    I thought you were Communistically oppressed?

    You said so right up there: “people in china became animal or worst than animal. there is no religion, no morality, no ethics, very hard to find a good people in china they’re all brainwashed by communist.”

  • BrainRagYell

    Exactly. Well said. When businesses that pollute (even the ones that don’t) are left to their own devices, they throw their garbage out the window and sweep their dirt under the rug.

  • samhoustonTX

    This looks like a continuation of the China’s poisoning the international dog food supply. They added melomine trash to dog food protein mix. Why? Melomine cheats the test for protein content by indicating a higher (false) level, thus allowing the supplier to charge more. The melomine reacted with water to form cyanuric acid, and that formed hard, insoluble crystals in the dogs’ vital organs, leading to painful death with no way to cure them. Looks like the scheme has been transferred to the human food (rice) supply.

  • BrainRagYell

    Easy there stud, you don’t want to bring all them “facts” into someone’s conspiratorial Nirvana, do you?

    (btw, AWESOME avatar)

  • BrainRagYell

    Hrm, yeah, I recall that, and then Ms. Maddow immediately corrected herself and owned it when she got the news.

    When has Mrs. Palin corrected herself about anything she got wrong?

    If you think the reporting is so light here, maybe you should stay at the Free Republic boards, as we “non-critical thinkers” surely have nothing to offer one of your devastating intellect.

    Buh-bye, so sorry to see you go, but we clearly don’t measure in your overarching, compassionate, broad world view, and I’d hate to see you waste another moment on such plebeians as we.

    No, seriously, I know you’ve got things to do.

    Go on.

    Off with you.

  • BrainRagYell

    “Aisle.”

    And I don’t know why I feel like giving you this gift, but here:

    http://c1.planetsave.com/files/2007/08/bush_flipping_bird.jpg

  • D.Crockett

    PLASTIC RICE? whats next “Soylent Green ?

  • Anonymous

    this is china`s part in global depopulation…our part?…look the other way as we manufacture more bombs to help them…

  • Anonymous
  • Sandi

    Don’t blame this solely on the Chinese. This is the result of unfettered capitalism. U.S. companies rely on foreign companies to make (or grow) their product. They hire the lowest bidder to maximize profits. The lowest bidder finds it cannot fulfill the contract if it pays its workers a decent wage, provides protective clothing, or relies on the weather to put out a bumper crop. So, everyone except the wealthy corporation suffers.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder when Wall-Mart will offer it in the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I would guess it comes from the garbage they buy from the U.S., it is loaded with all sorts of plastic waste.

  • Anonymous

    Having gone to China since 1979 I find this story rediculus.

    When you eat rice everyday plastic rice would be obvious. The Chinese are very particular with fresh food every day.

  • Ignatzfattis

    It doesn’t make any sense to design, build and install machinery to manufacture fake “rice”, with the goal being for it to be cheaper to produce then real rice. I bet this “rice” was originally manufactured to be the biodegradable replacement for those plastic beads that are used on container ships to help move heavy loads around on deck -those beads are roughly rice shaped, made of white or very slightly colored nylon and last forever. About Twenty years ago I heard a depressing report about there being small islands in the Pacific that are covered in them because they are hosed off the decks when the ships are at sea. I’ve seen them on our beaches too -up near the flotsam line. They’re pretty difficult to spot unless you are someone who has a habit of staring absently at patches of sand for extended periods.

  • Anonymous

    Bullshit, trust in any business to police itself (cut a penny off the bottom line) and that’s what you get. Why do you think Koch et al want to gut the EPA? They want to be able to spew their crap anywhere and not get sued since it won’t be illegal. They’ll do risk assessment ratios and see that paying off a couple of folks for damaged cancer ridden children is cheaper in the long run than disposing of their filthy properly.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    My thoughts, also. Further thoughts regarding foreign policy will only fuel my paranoia so I will refrain and think os a white horse.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Part of a recycling process??

  • Anonymous

    Coming from Washington DC, I can tell you that our “Guv’mint’s” main concern is to perpetually propagate itself and, they operate for growth. The worse a department does one year, the bigger a budget they get the next! Why do you think they obsess over these imaginary bogiemen so much? And virtually no department is temporary.
    Any extra money they get these days will go to “security”.
    These people make very short-sighted, career-driven decisions that are not in our best interest. This government is not working, and certainly not worthy of more taxes!
    What a joke…

  • Anonymous

    If you consider the death of 618000 countrymen a win in any way then you are a very sad person. Go away troll I have spent enough time on you.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, wait, wait just a second, now. That would make this story (and a few others I’ve seen recently in the MSM) nothing more substantial than propaganda designed to start the dehumanizing of the Chinese people.

  • Anonymous

    Are you really that blinded by false patriotism? Our government and our Corporate Citizens do far worse to the human citizens of the Unites States of America. Worse yet, they are working together to dismantle the structures that catch, expose and stop corporate harm to human citizens. You know, the agencies that catch the bad stuff coming in from China? Pretty much gone and the greed doesn’t stop there. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have had equal hand in the killing and harming of Americans and since health care is big business, we can’t expect any assistance there ether. Face it, we are every bit as bad as the Chinese government. Worse, maybe, ibecause of the dishonesty.

  • Anonymous

    Nice attempt at a knee-jerk stimulation, but growing in properly treated sewage water can be an extremely green practice. Not only does it save the drinkable water for well, drinking, but it also means that waste water is clean by the time it goes into the ground and waterways.

  • http://twitter.com/WakingCall WakingCall

    Really? They did?

  • Anonymous

    But, but…the Chinese! They’re evil! Everyone knows that the regular citizens are *nothing* like you and me. They talk funny, they look funny and they don’t watch American Idol. Their government would do stuff to them that could never happen here, because they’re barely human. You know, stuff like, not regulating coal slurry/ash adequately. Allow drug companies to do all their own testing both for certification and production safety. Require government agencies to negotiate with corporations before recalling dangerous products when they are discovered by 3rd parties. Allowing GM alfalfa and other organisms to be used without restrictions or labeling. Turn over just about every oversight agency to the corporations. Let the private banks set monetary policy. Declare corporate political contributions as “Free Speech”….When convenient declare human citizens can only have “Free Speech” inside specially designated zones. Spy on their own human citizens without court approval needed, yet accept corporate claims to privacy. Invoke state secrets with abandon. Allow religious manipulation to twist the law into discrimination against already oppressed minorities. need I really continue?

  • http://twitter.com/WakingCall WakingCall

    Simple and true… good comment

  • http://www.halfwaypundit.blogspot.com Eyepublius

    Disregard – dup post.

  • http://twitter.com/WakingCall WakingCall

    You must be kidding, right?

  • http://www.halfwaypundit.blogspot.com Eyepublius

    And, of course, we still import lots of food “Made in China,” don’t we? Why? My first hunch is that our “food producers” are making more money aboard (exports) than at home? Sound feasible – does to me.

    ~ Dan Francis (Watertown, NY)

  • http://www.myspace.com/dermezel Megaprole

    Was this a private company or State Owned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Gee, so this is the country that is going to “buy America” according to the RW nutjobs? I remember the same nonsense coming out about Japan not too long ago. Michael Crighton even wrote a book about that “danger” that turned out to be a bunch of crap.

    They’re having trouble just keeping their awful pollution contained within their own borders, much less out-produce or out-anything we can do.

  • http://voxxrocks.com/blog/ HIStory Indeed

    Apparently you’ve not read any of my other comments on Raw. In fact I’m wondering how you came up with what you just wrote to me based on what I said in the first place.

    Either way, the last thing I’m hanging my hat on in this life is the two party system and as for patriotism I’m sure had I been born in Italy I’d love being from there but this time around I was born American and just for the record, am having a pretty good time being one.

    I also love being white but would have probably gotten just as big a kick out of being Black, Native American or one of the many far east flavors. The skin I’m in is more about function than fashion.

    Did you mean to reply to someone else, because it seems from my reading your comment that we might be inclined to be on the same side in this?

    My comment was meant to point out 2 things. 1 was that China is poisoning both their population as well as ours and 2 that our politicians are full of shit when they tell you that you that they are are doing things today in the interests of National security when every action results in a less secure future for us here.

  • Anonymous

    Why not just sell the potatoes as potatoes?

  • Anonymous

    There is a big difference here. China is doing this to their poor. In the US, they do it to their rich, just to boost profits. A company just has to market it right! — “Plastic for the Two of Us”
    “Feel the joy of Onarexia yet eat all you want!”

  • Anonymous

    Half the time you can’t tell the difference between the plastic wrap and the processed meat in the US either…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Khadijah-Zein/709048239 Khadijah Zein

    this is discusti8ng to say the least they kill there unborn babies, then kill the kids with fake milk, and babies, leave the elderly to die alone, and now feed them fake food to kill them off more this is sick

  • Anonymous

    now I’m questioning my tofu!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Khadijah-Zein/709048239 Khadijah Zein

    the beef in the US isa treated even after it has turned gray with embalming fluid to keep it read so you buy it

  • Anonymous

    vegan here, thank goodness

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XZOZFUWR3YKJ25ZUAQQZWO7R6I SR

    hahah f’in greenies, cant even take a joke.

    there was a story awhile back about the chinese farming fish in untreated sewage water, thats what its a reference to.

  • Guest

    I dunno where you shopped at, but a butcher is the only way to get good meat in the States. The supermarket stuff is nasty. Mmmmm meat. :P

  • Anonymous

    It’s not just their food products. It’s China’s quality control in general. Made In China = Caveat Emptor. And the whole world knows it. And if they find that offensive, then too damn bad. The truth hurts. Deal with it.

    They need to step up their game. Show some pride. Quit embarrassing their country and degrading their culture with low-quality exports. It’s bad for business, it’s bad karma, and it’s bad for their nation. It’s incredibly short-sighted, and particularly shameful for a country with 5,000 years of unbroken history. Their ancestors cannot be happy that they’re putting out such inferior products.

    The Chinese toggle bolts I recently used had a 50% failure rate. The butterflies didn’t spring open on half of them. The repair job I did took forever because the hardware was junk. I would GLADLY pay an extra nickel apiece for the good old American toggles that I used to use back in the day. The time saved on the job would more than make up for the extra pennies spent on good hardware. And don’t get me started on their drywall screws. Back in the day, an American drywall screw with a poorly molded tip slot was as rare as a hen’s tooth. We’d pass them around on the job site as a curiosity. Now they’re as common as graffiti.

  • Anonymous

    In South Africa there’ve been cases of people coating packing peanuts with cheese flavoring and selling them as “Cheetos”-type snacks. It’s great to know my faith in humanity is confirmed–faith that some folks will always try to screw over other folks, given half a chance.

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when there’s no regulation. The Chinese government is in bed with the businesses there and only under the most extreme, egregious circumstances is anyone ever held accountable. Who knows how much these people are getting by with because the damage is not as extreme? Take a look everyone, at the Brave New World our Republican friends want for us, the one with unregulated production and sale of just about everything. This is what they propose for us, a future without corporate accountability.

  • Anonymous

    That’s just stupid. There are plenty of unnecessary or duplicative or even counter-productive regulations and under no circumstances is Obama proposing that we get rid of those which do what they are intended to do, protecting the American public and its food supply and everything else we regulate. Obama has pushed for expanded EPA regulations and has never made any statement that he wants to see decreased regulation of the purity of our soil, air, water, food, or environment. It’s moronic to declare that everyone’s the same.

  • Anonymous

    Chinese cat food killed my cat.

  • Taleisin

    There is an Australian high school science teacher who found a 3 month old cheeseburger in his car. For 5 years he has bought a cheeseburger each month to add to his collection. Not one shows mold. Remarkable.

  • Taleisin

    Sorry to hear that. In Australia, We had a lot of chinese toys withdrawn from shops before Christmas because of a variety of reasons. If the chinese don’t care about their own people, imagine how much they care about us!

  • Anonymous

    I personally do not purchase any Chinese or Indian food products. Production shortcuts, substandard materials, quality standards, etc, are all a temptation in countries with limited safety regulations.

  • Anonymous

    If you look at just food, the FDA just approved GE Alfalfa. Everyone in the Organic “movement” objected but the FDA is run by a former(it may be, a soon to be) Monsanto guy. GE will contaminate organics, is illegal in EU, it requires soil killing, water destroying “Roundup” application and is just awful.
    When I see actions taken like that, I see no difference between the parties actions. The rhetoric is different, not the results.

  • Anonymous

    Hold the Pickles Hold the Lettuce

  • Anonymous

    Seems like it ought to cost more to make fake rice from potatoes than it would cost to buy real rice

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard that parts of a pine tree are edible. I just don’t remember which part.

  • Anonymous

    Dish me up some more o’ that Top Ramen there boys. My god, what do we think Monsanto is doing to our food supply. Tomatoes are hard as baseballs and taste like instant oatmeal. Apples are so full of pesticide and herbicide they are like weapons of mass destruction. When China reaches the same cancer rates as we have here in America, then we have room to criticize them, but not until then. Meantime I think I’ll go down to Micky D’s and get a plastic burger with styrofries.

  • Anonymous

    in the meantime, the real criminals of our society go unpunished. They run around arresting innocent people, accusing them of victimless crimes. What really drives these people to intentionally distroy our environment and our health in this way?

  • Anonymous

    I think you need a hug :)

  • Anonymous

    I think you need a hug :)

  • Anonymous

    I thought you libs did not make fun of people or wish ill will on anyone. Time for a sensitivity training class.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QIIZWFOKTVHL67PQR34LADDOAQ craigs

    Take it from someone that got salmonella from Sheetz on the east coast. Around 300+ people got salmonella and were threatened by the department of health not to work in food service while being treated. So if your living was in food service you were out of work per orders of big brother. No compensation was made from Sheetz nor any government agency for whom was regulating the industry wasn’t it? This happened many many years ago.

    You had to either make a private deal with Sheetz and waive your legal rights or sue them. Either-way from the best I could tell and from my own experience no money for at least 1 year after the incident.

    Regulation = Good. Government regulation = a joke. Tell me what government manages properly and i’ll tell you 100 that it mis-manages. We do not have enough health inspectors. The health inspectors we do have are paid off. Large corporations get large breaks while small mom and pop shops are shutdown on a whim.

    Why make it a republican/democrat thing? Is it because we have a president in office who considers those not with him and his party to be the enemy? One that tells ‘hispanics’ to view those against illegal immigration as the enemy? Do our politicians right or left still not work for the people or do they only work for their party?

    Im still hoping for change.

  • Anonymous

    do you think the EPA should regulate dust on a farm? Is that going to far? The EPA has mandated that a milk spill must be treated exactly the same as an oil spill. Is that going to far?
    No one wants to eliminate regulation…just make them reasonable. Is that going to far?

  • Anonymous

    moronic…heh…that’s funny

  • Anonymous

    stop making sense. They’ll take your libcard from ya.

  • Anonymous

    1.34 billion actually…a little over I think..not 1.5.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEICBI32BMHM3SDDLEF723BE7Y Anonymous

    First, let me say that I am from neither China nor USA, so I have no bones to pick or sides to take except with accurate reporting and checking your facts.

    The only even vaguely Singaporean news source (Singapore News Alternative, which looks more like a blog really) that I can find carrying the story links to a care2.com article for the ‘full story’. The writer of the care2.com article appears to have a problem with factual reporting, judging by some of the more skeptical comments, not to mention she says basically the same thing as here, and links to a Hong Kong Korean publication called Weekly HK. Neither Channel News Asia nor The Straits Times, the main English language Asian news sources in Singapore, have anything on it. The Chinese language papers might, but they’re not published online, so I have no idea how one of their articles could get into international circulation without scanning in a page and someone doing a manual translation, in which case there’d be a picture file somewhere. They do tend to be slightly more sensationalist, but they are also controlled by the same people that control CNA and ST (yes, all Singapore’s news is basically controlled by one group) so it’s unlikely this kind of news would only make it into the Chinese papers and not the English ones, and they also have a slightly China-sympathetic bent (though they didn’t hesitate to report the melamine scandal either) so it’s unlikely they’d report something unsubstantiated that is detrimental to China.

    There is an outside chance this is real, but since

    #1 it makes no sense to make rice (which is reasonably cheap, especially in China where it’s a staple food) out of more expensive materials;

    #2 Chinese people eat rice at least 2-3 times a day, I doubt you can fool them especially when the rice stays hard after cooking;

    #3 WHAT “reports in Singapore media”? If you can find me the Singaporean article, I’ll appreciate it muchly, thank you;

    #4 every single article on the issue I can find links back to the Korean Weekly HK article; and

    #5 a Channel News Asia forum thread (http://forum.channelnewsasia.com/viewtopic.php?t=400001&sid=b33bc63cf9876dda9b580e01421d9791) has Singaporeans saying re: this issue “vietnam media quoting korean media, in turn, quoting singaporean media, and strangely, we in singapore, has[sic] to get the news from vietnamese media” and “Since when u can trust viet n korean reporting of chinese news”

    I’m inclined to call this a hoax.

    On the other hand, you guys might find these interesting:

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1102046/1/.html

    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_635483.html

    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_635518.html

    The following is my personal opinion, and is also very tl;dr:

    China has acquired a bad reputation for poor quality materials and shoddy workmanship, and some of it IS true, but to be honest I think the issue is with certain large corporations, sometimes not even based in China, cutting costs and corners. If a shirt made in China falls apart after 5 washes, yes, the workmanship and fabric suck, but this is because it’s probably made by unskilled workers in awful conditions who are paid peanuts so you could pay less for it. Blaming the workers for working with bad cloth and haphazard sewing is like blaming a worker for not being on time to work because the train he was on broke down and he couldn’t get out/alternative transportation. Shouldn’t you really be looking at the company selling the shirt instead? They’re the ones who hired the workers and provided the material. But then since they need to make a profit and they can’t if they get proper machinery and material but you don’t want to pay more for these, can you really blame them for trying to do business? Goodness knows it’s working.

    Lead in paint was an old problem the industralised Western world had and exported to China; they continued using it for a while because it was cheaper and it seemed a decent tradeoff till the effects became obvious and regulations became tighter. And remember, in order for the toy to make it onto a Western shelf the toy company is most likely Western, so once again, in order to get the business of the foreign toy company the factory had to prove it was cheaper than Western factories, and lead based paint was that. Once a fuss was raised, they stopped.

    Melamine – classic case of big bad corporation trying to cut costs. Oh hey, the detection assay is fooled by melamine into thinking the protein content is higher than it is; melamine is cheaper than protein; ehh, no one will ever find out…only they did. And the government summarily executed the ringleaders. Which is not the best way of dealing with things, but blaming the Chinese government for something they punished so harshly doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I suppose you could say they were setting up scapegoats, but killing people to cover up their own crime sounds…I dunno, the Chinese have always been trigger happy, but they don’t usually go quite that far. Find some minor thing to put you in prison, yeah, but dying because you made the wrong deal with the government seems a bit too much. And yes, the Chinese government has a bad rep, but are you sure you want to accuse them of falsely accusing and killing their own innocent citizens knowingly? Not saying it can’t happen, but I don’t think I’ve seen that rumour even among anti-China-gov’t articles.

    As for the Chinese people themselves, they are just the same as people everywhere else. There was a group who was concerned because of some magic trick performed during the Lunar New Year concert – they argued it might have harmed the fish involved. There are beggars on the streets and people who walk by without a glance, as well as people who give. Their values are slightly different and their attitudes are quite different from Western ones, but in general most of them are just trying to make a living; fall in love; get married; have kids (or kid, considering it’s China…:D). They tend to be slightly more money- and security-minded than Westerners, and there are always people who give the rest of the group a bad name, but other than that they’re just people like you and I.

    On a forum somewhere in China there are probably Chinese people spouting off about how xenophobic Australia is and how messed up America is, without really knowing much about either except what filters to them through their news. And when it comes to that, they have one obstacle more than the rest of us – they cannot trust a word their newspapers report since they’re generally full of propaganda, and most trustworthy international sites are (famously) blocked, not to mention they’re brainwashed to think their government is the best thing since rice farming. :D So they probably have a worse image of you than you do of them, if that makes you feel better.

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