Friday, 17 June 2011

An Offense Spin on Food Safety

The Chinese government doesn't want anymore misreporting of food scandals so now it's creating a blacklist of reporters it believes is misleading the public.

Earlier this week the Ministry of Health announced at a meeting in Beijing it will establish this list of reporters it claims is deliberately spreading false information to attract attention.

Mao Qun'an, spokesman of the MOH said the main task of the Chinese Health Education Center and the ministry's publicity department is to provide valuable information to the MOH about health education, organize activities to publicize health information and assist the media in better communicating with the public.

He said the ministry will remind reporters to play an active role in promoting food safety information.

This is a brilliant attempt by the MOH to spin the story in claiming unscrupulous journalists are creating the hysteria over tainted food, when really for the most part it's intrepid reporters who are uncovering these food scandals.

For example, pork was found to be masquerading as beef after it had been soaked in the cleaning agent borax; some cheap restaurants used recycled cooking oil that is hazardous to your health; ink, industrial dyes and paraffin found in noodles, and most recently watermelons sprayed with too much growth hormones that they exploded.

If the MOH was doing its job, then there would be articles of how the ministry stopped these tainted foods from entering the market. But instead it is all revealed after there are a number of reported cases of people being sick.

This clearly shows the MOH doesn't have the manpower to enforce rules and also inspect every single food producer.

One good thing that's come out of this is that some Chinese have opted to become vegetarians instead and choosing organic if possible.

This could all help significantly cut down on methane gas and increase grain supplies for humans.

Or it could entice obese Chinese to go on a diet, because healthy people mean a more productive workforce.

Now that would be news the MOH would love to spread.

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