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China Gears Up to Avenge Korean Food Safety Warnings(precious ego of China hurt)
Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/24/05

Posted on 10/24/2005 7:06:44 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

China Gears Up to Avenge Korean Food Safety Warnings

After revelations that freshwater fish imported from China was tainted with the carcinogenic dye malachite green and Chinese-produced kimchi contained parasites and unusually high levels of lead, Beijing appears to be getting ready to avenge its tainted honor. "Inspections have shown that Korean products contain malachite green as well, but the Korean government without notifying the Chinese government, and without a seeking consensus on the issue, simply made an announcement in the press as if Chinese products were the only products with such problems," a Chinese government official said. "If there is a repeat of these or similar gestures by the Korean government, we will have no choice but to take appropriate measures ourselves.”

Not so, says an informed Korean official. When the parasites were found in kimchi imports last Friday, the Chinese government was informed ahead of the announcement, but it merely asked Seoul to keep a lid on the story until it had finished its own internal investigation of the products.

Korea demurred, saying food safety went directly to the health of the people and to delay making the find public was unconscionable. In response, China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine sent a message to the Korean embassy warning that Beijing could be “forced” to take similar steps against Korean cosmetics.

url: http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200510/200510240010.html


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; contamination; cosmetics; food; kimchi; parasite; retaliation; safety; scare; skorea; southkorea
A related thread:

S.Korean Watchdog Orders Destruction Of Tainted Chinese Kimchi(wonders of cheap import)

1 posted on 10/24/2005 7:06:45 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; OahuBreeze; yonif; risk; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 10/24/2005 7:07:13 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I thought the current president of Korea was in love with the Chinese?

I also seem to remember that he is not very popular. Are the Koreans going to kick him out?
3 posted on 10/24/2005 7:12:40 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So, what's new or surprising about these reports concerning Chinese products?

Their main intent is to produce and sell their products in large quantities. The quality control doesn't matter when the goal is to sell and make money.

Consequences don't matter since there's always a market for cheap and low quality products.


4 posted on 10/24/2005 7:16:36 AM PDT by adorno
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To: indthkr
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We will try. We may have a chance next year. The ruling party could throw an early election exploiting maximum political uncertainty when oppositions are still sorting themselves out, and jocking for power among themselves. For this, the current president is willing to step down one year ahead of schedule.

The economy is so bad here, but the current government is thoroughly negligent. That is the chief reason behind their abysmal popularity.

5 posted on 10/24/2005 7:20:37 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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Korea demurred, saying food safety went directly to the health of the people and to delay making the find public was unconscionable.

Well, in all honesty, South Korea has a way to go before they get aces in food purity or quality.

Make friends with the locals and they can guide you *away* from the vendors and restaurants that load up their “spicy pork and kimchi soup” with kimchi, peppers, and MSG to mask the bad pork (or fish, fowl or beef) they’re putting in it.

Been several companies over the years caught putting stuff in their product that shouldn’t be there. I guess that falls more under “adulteration” than a parasitic threat or spoiled food though.

Korea was the place I had my tapeworm in the late 70’s. I was young-ish and healthy at the time and passed it, but that was interesting to say the least.

Anyway, my wife thanks you for your post of this story yesterday.

I’ve been in a foul, cranky mood lately and reading about kimchi kick-started my inevitable Korean food craze. Made two gallons of paechu and a half gallon of khaktugi. Mmmm.

Khaktugi will be ready by Friday and the rest by next week. Recipe taught to me by “real” Korean ajima’s and is (will be) DELICIOUS.

6 posted on 10/24/2005 4:52:06 PM PDT by Who dat?
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Anyway, my wife thanks you for your post of this story yesterday.

You are welcome. I hope you enjoy your brand-new Khaktugi!

7 posted on 10/24/2005 8:52:03 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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