Monday, February 11, 2008


The East is red (why wo ai zhong guo)

After the pesticide in Chinese gyouza dumplings story broke a week or so ago, the daily read of the newspaper has become rather monotonous.

It but more colourful are the displays at local quality book retailers like Kinokuniya and Junkudo. Bums on seats, eh.


More than 2,700 people have reported suffering health problems in the wake of a report that pesticide-contaminated gyoza produced in China had sickened 10 people in Japan, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Yet since the original 10 cases, no further examples of organophosphate poisoning have been confirmed.

Experts say mild cases of poisoning by minute traces of organic phosphorus may have been overlooked. But they believe in most cases people are probably mistakenly attributing their symptoms to food poisoning...

Susumu Oda, a professor at Tezukayamagakuin University who specializes in psychiatry, said, "As concerns over Chinese-made food have been growing for some time, and with the reports of food poisoning, there may have been some cases of autosuggestion, where people thought they had been poisoned [but hadn't]."

Experts say gyoza cases exaggerated / Believe many people mistakenly attributed symptoms to food poisoning
The Yomiuri Shimbun


Reasons to love thy neighbours:

They've got Faye Wong

They've got Jet Li

And they've got child-proof doors.

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