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By Paul Hickey
Over the past few months, there have been a number of shocking discoveries concerning our food. The chemicals found in wines all over China were found to cause cancer, left over oil was being recycled, reused and repackaged to be sold back to the public, and lard made from that oil was causing serious illness… A new addition to the already growing list of false, faked and potentially fatal food products is salt.
The Shanghai Salt Administration Bureau (who knew there was one?) has released information stating that “they had raided and closed down two hideouts where industrial product was being repackaged for domestic use.” 8 tons of industrial salt was found being put into packages for public consumption. Authorities also found another 50 tons at a factory in Jiading district.
The salt problem has two main roots: The first stemming from the comparative price difference between industrial salt and table salt, the latter sometimes fetching up to 10 times the price. The second reason is that the government bizarrely allows companies to make up to 10 tons of substandard salt. Since when did making substandard produce become ok? Especially considering that the consumption of industrial salt can “cause dizziness, stomach pains, damage to kidneys and – if large quantities are consumed – lead to death”.
UPDATE: Check out the photos of the stampede for salt all across China here.
UPDATE 2: Salt, salt, and more salt moves from the warehouses to the stores.
The food problems are becoming more and more obscene with every story that is published. It is only a matter of time before we start hearing the reports of the deaths that have been caused by the latest in substandard food standards. The government are beginning to take notice. “A court in southwestern municipality of Chongqing sentenced 12 people from 10 months to 13 years’ imprisonment for illegally selling industrial salt as edible salt.”
But given that the process itself isn’t actually illegal, you may want to think twice covering your fries in salt.