Killer banana rumour grips China
Producers say the rumour has caused big financial losses
A rumour spread by text message has badly hit the price of bananas from China’s Hainan island, state media say. The messages claim the fruit contains viruses similar to Sars, the severe respiratory illness which has killed hundreds of people worldwide.
Producers in Hainan say the resulting price slump is costing them up to 20 million yuan ($US2.6m) a day.
China’s Agriculture Ministry has dismissed the Sars claim as baseless. Police are investigating its source.
“It is utterly a rumour,” a Chinese Health Ministry official was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
“There has not been a case in the world in which humans have contracted a plant virus, and there is not any scientific evidence.” (READ MORE)
Now … regarding that last sentence… Did we not have people dropping like flies a few months back from contracting E. coli from spinach? And weren’t we told that we couldn’t wash it off? Indicating that the virus was “in” the plant… And when did E. coli or SARS become “plant” viruses?
In light of this and the previous post… I’m getting more and more worried about our proclivity to outsource everything that big business thinks will save them another dime.
Now… don’t think me some kind of a China basher… My wife is Chinese… Thereby making my kids 1/2 of same… But… Isn’t China still a communist regime that we would go to war with in a heartbeat if it threatened any of our “Allies”? Would we have allowed the Soviet Union to have as much control over our essentials? Don’t we still complain about human rights abuses in China?… Yet… And please correct me if I’m wrong… We’ve turned over so many essentials to the Chinese and lost our own capacity to manufacture these things domestically that if… The Chinese government chose to do harm to the USA… The use of military force would be like number 10 on the list.
Lets See How Many Ways They Could Do Damage To Us:
- 70% of our seafood comes from China… Cut it off or poison it.
- 90% of our vitamins comes from Chinese Manufacturers.
- 80% of our electronics i.e. TV’s, Ipods, Computers, DVD players and disks,
- 25% of our clothing comes from China
- 75% of everything in your average Wal Mart comes from China.
- 50% of our steel
- 50% of our shoes
If the U.S. and China were to become hostile towards one another… Who will suffer the most… Given the USA’s trade deficit with China… Do we even dare to cross them. .. The fact is… We could be shoeless, naked and very, very ill by the time our government even got wind that something was amiss.
It seems that we’ve outsourced …and outsmarted ourselves this time.
Your vitamin likely is from China
If you pop a vitamin C tablet in your mouth, it’s a good bet it came from China. Indeed, many of the world’s vitamins are now made in China.
In less than a decade, China has captured 90 percent of the U.S. market for vitamin C, driving almost everyone else out of business.
Chinese pharmaceutical companies also have taken over much of the world market in the production of antibiotics, analgesics, enzymes and primary amino acids. According to an industry group, China makes 70 percent of the world’s penicillin, 50 percent of its aspirin and 35 percent of its acetaminophen (often sold under the brand name Tylenol), as well as the bulk of vitamins A, B12, C and E.
In the wake of a pet-food scandal, in which adulterated wheat gluten from China led to the deaths of thousands of pets in North America, and other instances of food and toothpaste tampering, China’s vitamin producers are reaching out to reassure U.S. consumers that their vitamins are safe.
Whether that’s true isn’t clear, however. Foreign food-safety experts say China’s larger companies have reputations to protect. The question is how they maintain quality control.
A survey earlier this year said more than three-fifths of Chinese worry about whether the food they eat is contaminated or adulterated.
Fake drugs to treat impotency and help with weight loss are legion in China. Some African nations complain of fake Chinese medicines hitting their pharmacy shelves. Shady small pharmaceutical firms have exported bogus anti-malaria medication to Southeast Asia, where the illness is prevalent, allowing sick people to grow sicker.
“We really believe they are criminals,” said Dr. Henk Bekedam, chief of the World Health Organization office in China, referring to producers of fake medicines.