Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Food Safety Bureau Promises Healthier Chinese Hairy Crabs
Taipei Times ^ | July 21, 2007 | By Angelica Oung

Posted on 07/21/2007 7:50:37 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL

The public can enjoy hairy crabs from China this fall without reservations, Bureau of Food Safety officials said yesterday.

"A series of new protective measures will ensure that we don't have a repeat of last year's tainted crab scandal," Hsieh Ting-hung, the deputy director of the bureau under the Department of Health (DOH), told a press conference.

Last October, during the peak of the hairy crab season, metabolites of the banned antibiotic substance nitrofuran were found in batches of hairy crabs from China.

However, as the crabs were put on the market before the results of food safety tests were completed, most of the tainted crabs were eaten before they could be pulled from shelves. Then bureau director Hsia Tung-ming stepped down as a result of the public outcry over the incident.

Nitrofuran is a carcinogen banned from use in foods in Taiwan and many other countries, such as the US and the EU's member states.

EVERY BATCH

In order to prevent a repeat of last year's debacle, Hsieh said yesterday that every batch of crabs entering through customs would be tested.

"By increasing the capacity of our testing labs, we will be able to test the crabs in four days or less," he said. "With current refrigeration technology, there's no problem keeping the crabs alive for four days until they have cleared the test."

If three batches of crabs from one region test positive for banned substances, crabs from the whole region will be banned until the bureau believes that standards have improved, he said.

In contrast, only one in fifty batches of crabs were tested last year and the testing took at least a week to complete.

CHINA-CERTIFIED

Customs will also immediately reject any batches of crabs that do not come from one of the 42 crab producers who are approved by the Chinese government and have received Beijing-issued Animal Health Certificates.

The regulation barring individuals from bringing in crabs will not be lifted.

"There are innumerable crab producers in China whose food safety standards cannot all be vouched for," said Nigel Jou of the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation, a body that assisted the DOH in confirming the safety of crab producers in China.

When asked for comments, Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Lai Shin-yuan said "we'll wait and see if they mean business."

"We have seen problems with Chinese hairy crabs two years in a row, with contamination not just from nitrofuran last year but from cholera bacteria the year before," Lai said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; foodsafety; foodsupply; poisonfood; trade

1 posted on 07/21/2007 7:50:40 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

Hairy crabs? Some jokes just write themselves...


2 posted on 07/21/2007 7:51:32 PM PDT by coydog (Keep Canada green - paint a Liberal!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL
China, Hairy Crabs, there has to be a Clinton joke in there somewhere..
3 posted on 07/21/2007 7:51:45 PM PDT by mnehring (Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arizona Carolyn; mom4kittys; blam; Salamander; Red Badger; WakeUpAndVote; dirtboy; Overtaxed; ...

4 posted on 07/21/2007 7:53:17 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

Paging,....... Bill Clinton,Paris Hilton,Michael Vick,...


5 posted on 07/21/2007 7:53:28 PM PDT by cmsgop ( "cmsgop" a Mark Goodson / Bill Todman Production)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: coydog

Carcinogens, polyethylene glycol, cardboard, and melamine.

Why would ANYONE eat ANYTHING from China?
I wouldn’t even let the product in the same building with me
given the vapor pressure of some of these poisons.


6 posted on 07/21/2007 7:54:02 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL
As if there isn't enough Harry Potter flooding the news, now we have Harry Crabs to think about.

Leni

7 posted on 07/21/2007 7:54:51 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Three Cheers for the FRed, White and Blue !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

LOLOLOL! You can’t make this stuff up.


8 posted on 07/21/2007 7:54:59 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE TREE OF LIBERTY NEEDS TO BE WATERED FROM TIME TO TIME WITH THE BLOOD OF TYRANTS!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL
The public can enjoy hairy crabs from China this fall without reservations, Bureau of Food Safety officials said yesterday.

And just why should we trust these idiots?

9 posted on 07/21/2007 7:58:37 PM PDT by SIDENET ("IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mom4kittys
The public can enjoy hairy crabs from China this fall without reservations, Bureau of Food Safety officials said yesterday.
~~~~~~~~~~~
mmmmmm,,,,,,uh,,,er,,,,,,,I, mmm,,,~~~NO COMMENT~~~;0)
10 posted on 07/21/2007 7:58:39 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

he he he


11 posted on 07/21/2007 8:03:50 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SIDENET
And just why should we trust these idiots?

Because they just fired the screwup who used to run this outfit, and solved the problem of how to handle his pension by EXECUTING him!! The new guy should be highly motivated to avoid this kind of situation.

12 posted on 07/21/2007 8:05:01 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL
Did someone mention hairy crabs?


13 posted on 07/21/2007 8:05:35 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MinuteGal

As if there isn’t enough Harry Potter flooding the news, now we have Harry Crabs to think about.


Are you ready for the Harry Potter spin-off series?

Book 1 - Hermoine Granger and the Hairy Crabs


14 posted on 07/21/2007 8:07:58 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

No reservations required? I believe them.


15 posted on 07/21/2007 8:13:53 PM PDT by LilAngel (No blood for quislings)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: LilAngel; mom4kittys
LOL,,,WTH in their rite mind would eat a “Hairy Crab”?;0)
16 posted on 07/21/2007 8:44:07 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: mom4kittys; LucyT

Maybe we can just get a short list going of what isnt from or made in China.


17 posted on 07/21/2007 8:51:25 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Boycott China)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL
Correction, the American investors of Chinese business, promises healthier Chinese food.

Just keep purchasing Red Chinese products, it's good for you.

18 posted on 07/21/2007 8:54:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Is there a difference between a bad hairy crab and a good one? And is there such thing as a good hairy crab? Anyone who’d eat such a thing, can’t be too particular.


19 posted on 07/21/2007 8:55:35 PM PDT by LilAngel (No blood for quislings)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

Now, now everyone. China has the olympics next year and the last thing they would want is a hairy crab incident...........


20 posted on 07/21/2007 8:56:29 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mnehrling

“China, Hairy Crabs, there has to be a Clinton joke in there somewhere..”

Bill Clinton is responsible for introducing Hairy Crabs to China.


21 posted on 07/21/2007 8:57:21 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (eHarmony reject)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mnehrling
there has to be a Clinton joke in there somewhere.

Don't know about Clinton, but the Red Chinese are having a big laugh at America's middle class expense.

22 posted on 07/21/2007 9:02:06 PM PDT by dragnet2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: LilAngel

No Way will I EVER eat anything Chineezz again,,,
I don’t care WHO sezz it is safe...;0)


23 posted on 07/21/2007 9:54:27 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

My daughter has seen packaged Chinese food products with “no formaldehyde” printed on the wrapper. That’ll give you confidence, won’t it?


24 posted on 07/21/2007 9:57:00 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

25 posted on 07/22/2007 5:58:47 AM PDT by NCjim (The more I use Windows, the more I love UNIX)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JACKRUSSELL

CHINA-CERTIFIED


That sure is reassuring.


26 posted on 09/22/2007 7:28:25 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Duncan Hunter .....................a man of his word.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson