Food safety in China has always been a concern but that concern has been whipped up into an international frenzy recently by the media. Abroad, the concern is about the safety of Chinese imports. Here in China, there was a kafuffle about an investigative report that purportedly showed dumplings made of cardboard being sold in Beijing.
Now a new food class must be approached with caution. In Beijing again, a "high-ranking" South Korean diplomat died after eating a sandwich from a shop near his office. He suffered a stomach-ache and diarrhea after ingesting the food item.
The Beijing hospital conducting the postmortem said only that results would be out in a month.
This makes me rethink the wisdom of having eaten a sandwich I just bought from a shop near my office.
I originally came across this article on the website of the Straits Times, Singapore’s main paper, which is pay-only, and there were some comments left by readers. Since Beijing will be host to plenty of tourists and foreigners next year, their comments might be worth reading:
Just remember that there are many ‘sudden’ and explained death in Singapore too, some are food related too.
Posted by: kjks at Wed Aug 01 08:02:46 SGT 2007
I worry for all the athletes and tourists that are going to flood China for the Olympics during next year.
China have a BIG problem on her hands now because all these doesn’t happened overnight but have been ongoing for many years already – unhygienic and bad food stuff.
The autopsy result will come out in a month’s time but who is doing the autopsy ? The South Koreans should get back the body and do their own autopsy inorder to get a true result.
Posted by: stompKING at Wed Aug 01 04:16:11 SGT 2007
What a sad way to die.
Posted by: catflyhigh at Tue Jul 31 22:00:57 SGT 2007
The thought of China food scares me … yikes!!!
Posted by: Overworked at Tue Jul 31 20:31:44 SGT 2007