Shanghai Daily has released two rather disturbing updates concerning the health of the citizens (and netizens) of Shanghai. Remember how we heard about cancer-causing napkins in Beijing? It seems like we are now facing a similar threat in Shanghai. And if that’s not enough, going to the internet cafe might give you tuberculosis!
After multiple customer complaints about substandard tissues causing allergic reactions in small restaurants around the city, low quality napkins made from dangerous materials have been reported by the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. From Shanghai Daily:
To make tissues look whiter and feel soft, harmful chemical substances such as caustic soda or dyes are added during production. These chemicals can cause skin allergies and, if used frequently, raise the risk of getting cancer, officials said.
Even worse? Instead of using wood pulp, apparently these toxic tissues are being made from unsterilized waste paper!
The Bureau’s advice? Don’t use tissues if they fall apart easily. Surely to know, you’d have to use it in some way.
Another rather frightful tale is the rise in TB in young people, particularly those spending their times breathing in the stale air of a Wang Ba (网吧.） Apparently, those who play computer games all night in internet cafes suffer from decreased immunity, and thus are prone to catch disease in the poorly ventilated rooms.
TB is already a serious killer in this country. In Shanghai alone, last year 44 of the 139 killed by infection diseases died of TB. On top of this, China has the 2nd highest number of TB sufferers in the world!
Goodness sakes, with cancer tissues adding themselves to the list of things we’re already wary of: hot tea, rice, oil and even mushrooms, what are we supposed to do? At this point, who cares about radiation blowing in from Fukushima. We’ve got enough enemies to our health right here at home.