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Toxic cabbage another food scandal in China

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper gives a story based on Middle Shandong Morning Post’s report that a new toxic food, toxic cabbage, has emerged in Shandong, China.

Recently, people in Shandong find that cabbages on the market have a pungent smell and guess that they have been sprayed with formaldehyde to keep them fresh. Upon enquiry, local cabbage farmers frankly admit that due to hot weather, cabbages spoil in a couple of days; therefore, it is necessary to keep cabbages fresh by some chemical. The chemical solution able to keep cabbage fresh is made of formaldehyde by local cabbage wholesalers on their own and the use of such chemical has already become a “default rule” in the trade. It will not be discovered if cabbages are put on sale after removal of their outer leaves.

The reporter made random purchase of three batches of cabbage on the markets in Jinan and sent them to Shandong Light Industry Collegef or test. Formaldehyde was found in the roots and leaves of two of the samples.

The toxin in formaldehyde destructs the sarcode in the protein of cells. Long-term taking of food containing it may harm people’s skin, respiratory track and viscera, paralyze nervous centralis and cause pneumonedema, cancer, liver and kidney damage, etc.

Some experts suggest: As it is well soluble, formaldehyde can be removed as long as a cabbage has been washed carefully. However, what if there is still remnant of it in the cabbage? It is easy to keep cabbages fresh in a cellar and cabbage after all is a low-cost product. Why would farmers and wholesalers take the risk in using a poisonous chemical to keep cabbage fresh? It seems that people’s life and health are worth nothing in the minds of those farmers and wholesalers.


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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


7 thoughts on “Toxic cabbage another food scandal in China

  1. Reblogged this on Craig Hill.


    Posted by Craig Hill | May 5, 2012, 7:01 pm
  2. What is going on …. over there ????? We have keep cabbage fresh so long as it has been around.


    Posted by viveka | May 6, 2012, 2:50 am
  3. Those farmers and wholesalers need to eat vegetables too, and all the vegetables they eat are equally toxic because everyone does that! Idiots


    Posted by Bane | November 14, 2012, 11:24 am


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