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China: Tainted hotpots 'common'(arsenic, lead, poppy trace)
Global Times ^ | December 16, 2010 | Huang Jingjing

Posted on 12/16/2010 3:31:05 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Tainted hotpots 'common'

* Source: Global Times

* [08:09 December 16 2010]

By Huang Jingjing

Food safety has once again drawn negative attention amid claims that many flavoring ingredients served in popular hotpot dishes at restaurants contain harmful chemical additives, according to insiders.

"Eighty percent of hotpots served at (restaurants) contain such chemical additives," said Wang, a chef who recently quit from a hotpot restaurant due to guilty feelings over the practice, the Anhui Business Daily reported Tuesday.

A restaurant owner named Xu made a damning claim, saying he never eats hotpots at his restaurant because boiling the chemical additives for a long time can increase their harmful effects on health.

Such additives mostly contain chemicals simulating flavored powder, concentrated spicy liquids and even poppy traces, insiders said.

The concentrated base could contain heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, risking damage to the nervous and digestive systems and could lead to mental disorders and cancer.

Some restaurants even eschew natural ingredients such as Sichuan pepper or cinnamon since chemical additives are much cheaper, reports said.

(Excerpt) Read more at china.globaltimes.cn ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; foodsafety; hotpot; madeinchina

1 posted on 12/16/2010 3:31:15 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jeff Head; Tainan; hedgetrimmer; Unam Sanctam; taxesareforever; Avenger; ...

P!


2 posted on 12/16/2010 3:31:47 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

My dizzy wife, the first time a server in China inquired how “hot” {meaning spicey} she wanted her pot insisted it must be very, very “hot” {thinking temp}.
Anyway, I let her feast out of my pot that night.


3 posted on 12/16/2010 3:57:25 AM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hotpot is destructive, deadly, and delicious!


4 posted on 12/16/2010 4:15:20 AM PST by Phoebe From China (I believe we've arrived at another quintessential "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock" moment.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I don’t know what a hot pot is and it’s probably not something I would order. At least I don’t think so. I’m going to avoid chinese food. There’s just too many problems with it. MSG et all. I’ll stick to home cooked meals. At least I have control (to a certain extent)of what goes into it.


5 posted on 12/16/2010 4:35:25 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: TigerLikesRooster

(said with best Homer Simpson imitation voice)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Arsenic...


6 posted on 12/16/2010 5:36:21 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Did you ever read the ingredients on a bottle of Creamora?
7 posted on 12/16/2010 5:45:22 AM PST by IC Ken
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s been a few years since my last trip to China but even at the top restaurants in Beijing I felt like I was jepodizing my health. I was there shortly after the tainted baby formula scandel.

From what I can gather, exports are held to a higher standard but even then you get the pet food incident.

The utter lack of respect for their own neighbors is what surprizes me. I suppose there are the same type everywhere but when you think of things on the scale of a China, everything is so much bigger.


8 posted on 12/16/2010 5:49:46 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Are hotpots available here or only in China? Curious mind that doesn’t know what this is...


9 posted on 12/16/2010 6:16:30 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Incorrigible
The utter lack of respect for their own neighbors is what surprizes me.

Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace...

10 posted on 12/16/2010 6:18:18 AM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: frithguild
"And no religion too"

Well, there's always the worship of Money and The State.
11 posted on 12/16/2010 6:32:54 AM PST by indthkr
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I love Chinese food but given how insidious the government of China is and lets face it that can and does trickle down to the mindset of many people I believe it is insane to eat, drink or consume ANYTHING Chinese.

Think about it, these are very patient people and if they could slowly poison their enemy (us) rather than to declare a hot war with us I believe they will do just that.

12 posted on 12/16/2010 6:44:29 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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