Jul 13, 2007

Open Letter to China

I'm not trying to hate on you guys or anything, but what is UP with you?

Dangerous chemicals in pet food, toothpaste, and whatever else. But this?

State TV's undercover investigation features the shirtless, shorts-clad maker of the buns, called baozi, explaining the contents of the product sold in Beijing's sprawling Chaoyang district.

Baozi are a common snack in China, with an outer skin made from wheat or rice flour and a filling of sliced pork. Cooked by steaming in immense bamboo baskets, they are similar to but usually much bigger than the dumplings found on dim sum menus familiar to many Americans.

The hidden camera follows the man, whose face is not shown, into a ramshackle building where steamers are filled with the fluffy white buns, traditionally stuffed with minced pork.

The surroundings are filthy, with water puddles and piles of old furniture and cardboard on the ground.

"What's in the recipe?" the reporter asks. "Six to four," the man says.

"You mean 60 percent cardboard? What is the other 40 percent?" asks the reporter. "Fatty meat," the man replies.
You really know how to kill my cravings for dim sum.

Which, I guess is a good thing, since my diet is going nowhere. But still. That just is not right!

(Props to SpaceRich for the link.)

UPDATE 7/18: Formaldehyde was recently found in Chinese cookies in the Philippines. Seriously, China. I'm going to have to chill from using anything made in your country for a while. And as painful as that might be, you've gone and done it now that you're messing with my people. That's just not right!

UPDATE 7/19: Or not. I just hope they don't execute the reporter like they did that Zheng Xiaoyu guy.


Mike Davis said...

Hey Mags - remember me? Adamant from 'What's Wrong With...'?

Good to see you're still going strong and still on the right track!

I was trying to get a new blog going and was checking to see who was still active.

Take care!

pins&needles said...

Yeah, I heard about that. Crazy huh? I guess that's what happens when people run a highly industrialized nation that enslaves it's own people. And did you know that we feed cows the same stuff too? Don't ask about chickens. This just shows how China's under such immense pressure to produce so much with so little cost just to stay as the world's number one supplier for everything. I truely feel sorry for those who have to work in such a country. Maybe stuff like this will be blown wide open after the execution of the Food and Drug safety director of China.