Posted: 15 Jun 2012 01:43 PM PDT
Chinese diary maker Yili is under fire again, after its products were detected with an “unusual” levels of mercury in a recent check by China’s food-safety watchdog.
Among 715 samples of infant formula covering various formula producers of the country that have been examined so far, only batches from Yili were found contaminated, according to China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
The state-owned dairy company, based in Inner Mongolia, has now started recalling some of its baby formula products. In a statement released on Yili’s official website, the recall would only apply to “Quan You” baby formula products produced between November 2011 and May 2012. The company said, no problems are found in other products.
It is unclear that how much Yili’s baby formula was affected, and there is no strict regulation for mercury levels in milk powder products.
But over exposure of mercury can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system.
It is not the first time that Yili was found with tainted products.
The melamine crisis of 2008, in which the industrial chemical melamine was found to have been illegally added to dairy products, also involved Yili Group.
Posted: 15 Jun 2012 12:33 PM PDT
Chinese netizens have compared the recent incident that China is sending its first female astronaut, Liu Yang, 33, into space Saturday to work on a temporary space station for 10 days, with another incident that a 7-month pregnant woman, Feng Jianmei, 22, was forced to undergo late-term abortion after she failed to pay 40 thousand yuan asked by officials from the local family planning authority.
A netizen said on Sina Weibo, “We can send a female astronaut into space, and abort a 7-month fetus of a woman villager by force too. The strikingly different fates of the two women, 33-year-old Liu Yang and 22-year-old Feng Jianmei, show real images of the country’s current ‘tearing-apart’ condition. The glory and dream strikes with the shame and despair, and the most advanced technology is accompanied by the most outrageous abuses of human beings. The spacecraft blasts off while the morality falls down, and the nation rises up as a great power while its people kneel down like slaves. The best age encounters the worse age in this way.”
The post has been retweeted tens of thousands of times, provoking a huge wave of public anger.
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