- Fuji apples from Yantai grow up in toxic plastic bags
- Olympic ambassador shines music event with sexy appearance
- Stylish coolie gains overnight fame
- Pictures: Wuhan city shrouded in mysterious haze
Posted: 12 Jun 2012 12:04 AM PDT
A new food safety scandal has triggered public outcries in China.
A recent report revealed that Fuji apples from Yantai, Shangdong may be poisonous, because growers have been wrapping their apples up in plastic bags containing drug powders until they reach eating ripe stage.
Fuji apples from Yantai, known for their large and round appearance and sweet and crisp flesh, are sold nationwide.
Shangdong province’s Qixia and Zhaoyuan, as two main producing cities of this kind of apple, have a total annual output of over one billion kilograms sold to the market. However, a large amount of local apple growers in the areas have used these drug bags, in order to achieve better skin for their crops.
Regarding the drug powders used in the plastic bags, the bag producers and distributors have been kept them as industrial secrets. But local farmers and employees of the local Agricultural Cooperative Federation have admitted that “everyone knows they’re thiram and melarsoprol, prohibited to use.”
A farmer told the undercover reporter that the fruit is kept in the drug bags for more than five months until they ripen and enter the market. When applying the drug bags to apples, farmers have to wear masks and gloves, as the thiram and melarsoprol are dangerous and toxic.
These drug bags are produced in secret small workshops in towns. A machine operated by three persons can produce 150 thousand plastic bags a day. Each bag with the drug powders costs at five cents.
Besides, the plastic bags are marked with “apple bags only”. There is no word about medicinal drug and fungicide.
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Posted: 11 Jun 2012 04:40 PM PDT
June 8, singer Sun Jingyuan (孙敬媛, also known as Fish Blanda) attracted a lot of attention at an award ceremony of a music event held in Beijing, by wearing a sexy dress.
The 25-year-old starlet was once a member of a famous girl group, named “Ming Jun Girls“, but she decided to go solo in 2010 and has achieved success in her solo career since then.
The Changchun-born beauty graduated from Jilin Arts Institute, and has trained herself hard to be an all-round entertainer.
In August 2011, Sun released her debut EP, capturing hearts of many fans. In 2012, she was appointed as a London Olympics ambassadors.
Posted: 11 Jun 2012 02:49 PM PDT
Recently, a coolie from Wuhan has caused an Internet sensation for his cool and stylish appearance.
Photos capturing him pulling a overloaded flatbed handcart, with a cowboy hat, short jeans, heavy side-whiskers, and well-built muscles rippled beneath his nicely-tanned skin, have gone viral online.
Chinese netizens were greatly amazed, and hailed him as “Brother Handcart (or 板车哥)”, by comparing him with the 2010 Internet celebrity, Brother Sharp (or 犀利哥), a homeless man from the streets of Ningbo city who became famous for a runaway photograph online capturing his fashionable and handsome look too.
It was learned, the transport worker, 47, works 12 hours a day to make a living. He has two daughters who have started school.
Posted: 11 Jun 2012 11:43 AM PDT
June 11, Wuhan city of Hubei province was covered in mysterious grey-yellow haze, triggering outrage among the public.
Rumors have widespread online suggesting that an industrial accident was the cause of the air pollution, but the local environmental protection beauru denied it by announcing that the burning of straw in neighboring provinces is the most likely culprit, after their initial investigation.
“Many farmers choose to burn crops that are left behind in their fields after harvesting,” according to Xinhua news agency.
It was said some other cities in Hubei province were seen with the similar smoggy weather too.
The thick and smelly haze has promoted the local government to issue a yellow warning signal, and residents to wear masks when going out or choode to stay indoors.
Several days ago, China’s battle with the U.S. over the release of the air quality readings of major Chinese cities by the U.S. consulates has put Chinese government under fire for having been understating the severity of air pollution.
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