Curious, the only winning move is not to play.
Alright everyone, please take out your scorecards for the latest round of China Food Scandal Bingo! Just a quick recap, so far we’ve had tainted mantou buns, glow-in-the-dark pork, pork that’s being sold as “beef,” relabeling expired meat, cancer-causing juice from Taiwan and – of course, the oldie but goodie – milk tainted with melamine! I know you’re all eagerly anticipating today’s scandal so here it is: vinegar created from industrial-grade acid! Any Bingos yet?
According to a report in First Financial Daily, roughly 90% of vinegar on the market today is using glacial acetic acid rather than grain. No big deal, right? Those in the vinegar industry would be quick to point out that the use of edible glacial acetic acid is commonplace and is basically harmless. However, greed is king here and a few corporations have discovered that for the price of one barrel of edible glacial acetic acid they can buy 2.5 barrels of industrial glacial acetic acid.
What’s the difference between the two? Well, more than just taste, unfortunately.
The industrial glacial acetic acid has heavy metals and methanol, which will result in polyneuritis and can cause blindness, blood intoxication, stomach and intestinal adhesion. A prolonged period of consumption would lead to lung and stomach cancer.
No names have been named as of yet in regards to which companies have no problem with poisoning their customers, but we will keep you updated with which brands to avoid when the information becomes available.
By Joel Herrick