Food in China; DISGUSTING due to CCP ...

Food in China; DISGUSTING due to CCP "absence of integrity"

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Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#1 Sep 4, 2012
China's Corrupt Food Chain
By YANZHONG HUANG
Published: August 17, 2012
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An April report by China’s national broadcaster CCTV detailed the manufacturing process followed by 16 companies that sell preserved fruit. It made the meat-packing methods described by Upton Sinclair in “The Jungle” a century ago seem pale by comparison.

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Rotten peaches pickled in outdoor pools surrounded by garbage are spiked with sodium metabisulfite to keep the fruit looking fresh and with bleaching agents and additives harmful to the human liver and kidneys. The peaches are packed in uncleaned bags that previously held animal feed and then shipped off to big-brands stores.

Toxic preserved fruit is the latest item on China’s expanding list of unsafe food products. Baby formula adulterated with melamine is the best known, but there is also meat containing the banned steroid clenbuterol, rice contaminated with cadmium, noodles flavored with ink and paraffin, mushrooms treated with fluorescent bleach and cooking oil recycled from street gutters. A 2011 study published in the Chinese Journal of Food Hygiene estimated that more than 94 million people in China become ill each year from bacterial food-borne diseases, leading to about 8,500 deaths annually.

China’s food-safety problems highlight both the collapse of the country’s business ethics and the failure of government regulators to keep pace with the expanding market economy. Yet an excessive focus on poor government oversight often means that the much graver problem of disintegrating civic morality is neglected.
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#2 Sep 4, 2012
Amid growing public discontent the Chinese government enacted the Food Safety Law. The point of the legislation, which took effect in June 2009, was to prohibit the use of unauthorized additives and also, more broadly, to provide a basis for strengthening oversight “from farm to fork.” In 2010, a national commission of three vice premiers and a dozen minister-level officials was set up. This year the central government asked provincial authorities to “increase the punishment for illegal criminal behavior in food safety.”

But implementation has been bedeviled by inefficiency and corruption. Given China’s underdeveloped institutional capabilities and its weak civil society, fulfilling regulatory objectives often depends on administrative fiat. And the Food Safety Law, combined with various recent rounds of administrative restructuring, has further fragmented the state’s regulatory capabilities over the food industry.

While the Ministry of Health is now responsible for coordinating food-safety issues, three other government agencies are entrusted with overseeing food production, distribution and use, respectively. This not only complicates information sharing and coordination among departments. It also provides fertile ground for bureaucratic shirking and buck-passing.

These failures in regulation underscore the importance of ethics in governing how people should behave in business transactions. But it’s precisely because of failures in that area, too, that lack of food safety is such a serious concern in China.

Historically, two state ideologies — Confucianism and communism — acted as restraints on commercial dealings. Traditional Chinese society acknowledged the human desire for wealth, but it also warned that,“A man of noble character acquires his wealth by just and ethical means.” Later, the Maoist regime’s emphasis on sacrificing the individual self to the collective also served as a moral check on people’s behavior.

The destruction of Confucianism during the Cultural Revolution and the hollowing out of communism during the recent reform era left behind a vacuum of belief. This was quickly filled in by materialism.

Although materialism also is common in the West, religious values, along with well-developed regulatory frameworks and the rule of law, help define what is acceptable in business there. In China, the revival of capitalism has been driven almost entirely by the pursuit of wealth. In the words of Deng Xiaoping,“To get rich is glorious.”

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Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#3 Sep 4, 2012
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This single-minded pursuit of material interests is now threatening China’s moral baseline. In a nationwide, online survey of nearly 23,000 adults last October, about 82 percent of respondents agreed that China has experienced a significant moral decline over the past decade. More than 40 percent attributed the slip to the worship of money (35 percent blamed it on development problems and inadequate enforcement of the law). Yet more than half of the respondents also said they did not think that complying with ethical standards was a necessary condition for success.

Ordinary citizens are trying to take food safety into their own hands. Farmers trust only the produce they’ve grown themselves. A Beijing taxi driver once told me that he avoids small grocery stores. Yet there is no guarantee that food sold in shopping malls is safer: the State General Administration of Sports forbids its athletes from consuming meat outside of official training facilities. As far back as 2008, the government started setting up Special Food Supply Centers to make sure the elite eats organic.

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has invoked food scandals as examples of the “absence of integrity and a landslide of morality” in China, adding that,“It would be absolutely impossible for a state to become a truly powerful and respectful one if it did not see improvement of its national quality and moral strength.”

But his pleas for better business ethics have fallen on deaf ears. The Chinese elite doesn’t fully acknowledge the problem itself. In April an article in the communist mouthpiece Qiushi (“Seeking Truth”) denied that there has been any systematic decline in morals. Perhaps this should come as no surprise since many Chinese politicians and law-enforcement officials are the ones behind the moral landslide.

Yes, different cultures have different moral standards, but any functioning society needs a basic moral code. One can only hope that after China’s recent slew of scandals — about food safety, about the murder allegedly committed by Bo Xilai’s wife, about corruption by the former railway minister Liu Zhijun — reform-minded leaders will amass enough political capital to push for fundamental change and a more ethical society.

Yanzhong Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and an associate professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#4 Sep 5, 2012
Even the CCP crooks themselves are forced to admit they have "no integrity"!!!

JOKE regime!
FREE PALESTINE

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Sep 5, 2012
You need to calm your ass down before you bust a blood vessel.
UIdiotRacesMAkeW orldPeace

United States

#6 Sep 5, 2012
We know about China's food quality. u are dying from our Western processed foods, and Sugar Aspartame... Japan developed High Fructose for Western Junk food... and what with this pink slime in your hamburger meat.. it reason our western get alot cancers, sickness, diabetes etc, ANd , our Western food outlets serve non biodegradable food like french freis, greasy hamburgers are oil heart clogging heartt attack -filled produce fatty that died quick and obese dis young.
BIG PANSY

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Sep 5, 2012
A-hhahahahahhahahahhahaa!
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#8 Sep 6, 2012
The Chinese Communist Party criminals are too busy having bisexual orgies and stealing public funds, so as far as they are concerned the Chinese people can eat shiht!

This is what comes of an UNACCOUNTABLE and ILLEGITIMATE dictatorship!

TONS of propaganda about how they "serve the people" but the FACTS show they don't give a damn at all!

CCP China is PATHETIC!
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#9 Sep 6, 2012
But the 87th "crackdown on CCP corruption" has been announced! It's a "five-year-plan" this time!

I'm sure after 86 TOTAL FAILURES the CCP will be successful this time (or at least print propaganda about how "successful" it is...likely those have already been written!)....yeah, that's the ticket.......

HA HA HA HA HA HA!

This Chinese Communist Party regime is a BIG, STINKING JOKE that HUMILIATES and DEMEANS all Chinese!
China rises and falls

Clarksville, MD

#10 Sep 6, 2012
Even Chinese in the U.S say that they would not buy food and products from China....

Shame on China!
Poor China

Nanaimo, Canada

#11 Sep 6, 2012
UIdiotRacesMAkeWorldPeace wrote:
We know about China's food quality. u are dying from our Western processed foods, and Sugar Aspartame... Japan developed High Fructose for Western Junk food... and what with this pink slime in your hamburger meat.. it reason our western get alot cancers, sickness, diabetes etc, ANd , our Western food outlets serve non biodegradable food like french freis, greasy hamburgers are oil heart clogging heartt attack -filled produce fatty that died quick and obese dis young.
All that food you are talking about is not forced into anyone's throats. People CHOOSE to eat it. They could also CHOOSE to eat raw vegetables if they wanted.

Chinese eat oil from the sewer with pee and poo in it.

Nothing more to say...
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#12 Sep 12, 2012
An illegitimate and unaccountable dictatorship like that of the Chinese Communist Party is only concerned with how much their "take" is, and does not care if its Chinese slaves eat shiht or are poisoned.

Why should it?
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#13 Sep 17, 2012
No reason to care about unprofitable pigs if you are a pig farmer.
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#14 Sep 19, 2012
The Chinese Communist Party's "solution" to its total incompetence in regulating food safety in China is.....

HATE JAPAN!!!!!

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

CCP are CLOWNS!
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#15 Sep 21, 2012
"Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has invoked food scandals as examples of the , adding that,“It would be absolutely impossible for a state to become a truly powerful and respectful one if it did not see improvement of its national quality and moral strength.” "

The CCP obviously knows that Chinese are being poisoned, and just as obviously is INCAPABLE of ever improving things!
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#16 Sep 25, 2012
"Given China’s underdeveloped institutional capabilities and its weak civil society..."

ie.; given the fuhked-up, incompetent and totally corrupt Chinese Communist Party dictatorship, Chinese will have to feed their children poison crahp until the CCP regime is removed!
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#17 Sep 27, 2012
China rises and falls wrote:
Even Chinese in the U.S say that they would not buy food and products from China....
Shame on China!
Chinese IN CHINA feel the same!

But, of course, Stalinist terror keeps them silent and eating crahp!

Poor China!!!!!
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#18 Oct 1, 2012
Note how the WEAKNESS AND INCOMPETENCE of the Chinese Communist Party puppet "government" is mirrored by the WEAKNESS AND INCOMPETENCE of the Chinese Communist Party "supporters" on this forum!

If it's important to China, they HIDE IN THE TOILET!

If it is important to the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship, they attack en masse!

Poor China, enslaved to criminal scum.
Mirolyuba

Port Moody, Canada

#19 Oct 2, 2012
The CCP China "soy sauce factory" owned by a CCP official that used human hair swept from the filthy floors of barbershops, and dissolved by solvents and then salted to make FAKE soy sauce?

PUKE!

THAT is one of the CLASSICS!

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