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Chinese Factory Sold 100K Dirty Chopsticks

From those lovers of Communist dictatorships at Reuters:

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A worker walks past piles of disposable chopsticks at a factory in Sanjiang, southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, May 27, 2007. A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest is a string of food and product safety scares.

Chopsticks picked up in new China scare

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Beijing factory sold up to 100,000 pairs of disposable chopsticks a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of food and product safety scares.

Counterfeit, shoddy and dangerous products are widespread in China, whose exports have been rocked in recent months by a spate of safety scandals, ranging from pet food to medicine, tires, toothpaste and toys.

Officials raided the factory and seized about half a million pairs of disposable bamboo chopsticks and a packaging machine, the Beijing News said in a story headlined “Dirty Chopsticks.”

The owner, identified only by his surname Wu, said he had sold the chopsticks for 0.04 yuan a pair and made an average of about 1,000 yuan ($130) a day.

Wu, who had no license to sell the goods, said he had sold 100,000 pairs a day when business was good.

China lacks the manpower to enforce food and drug safety regulations at home or for export. Imports are generally carefully scrutinized.

Shao Mingli, the country’s food and drug watchdog chief, conceded that in recent years the safety situation had “indeed been relatively grim.”

But in a posting on the central government’s Web site (www.gov.cn), Shao vowed it would take “about five years of hard work” to realize an “obvious turnaround” in management order and food and drug safety across the country.

“The number of cases of fake food and drug products and criminal activities will be effectively curbed,” Shao said.

A lack of business ethics and a spiritual vacuum after China embraced economic reforms in the late 1970s have been blamed for unscrupulous business practices and corruption…

It’s kind of hard to imagine “shoddy” disposable chopsticks.

As the photo caption notes, the chopsticks were “recycled” and then resold without disinfecting them. But the article didn’t bother to mention that.

Reuters was too busy pointing out the moral:

A lack of business ethics and a spiritual vacuum after China embraced economic reforms in the late 1970s have been blamed for unscrupulous business practices and corruption.

Of course capitalism is to blame.

Besides, they don’t want to make recycling look bad.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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