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Following a three-month investigation, authorities in Guangzhou have released data showing that nearly half of the city’s rice has high levels of cadmium, a heavy metal that causes cancer and damages the kidneys. While it may appear that the Food and Safety Administration finally did its job, don’t get excited just yet. Authorities still managed to
fuck it up attract criticism by refusing to disclose the rice brands involved, because local businesses prefer not to publicize the fact that their products are killing everyone.
South China Morning Post reports:
The city government declined to disclose any information about the problematic rice, telling the Southern Daily that it was “inconvenient” to reveal the brands involved. The secrecy triggered a national outcry. […]
Most [online] comments criticised the government for protecting the interests of businesses rather than residents. Many alleged that officials had been bribed by manufacturers to keep quiet.
“How can you require us to trust […] the government, trust the party, if you can’t even give us the most basic health?” an internet user from Shandong wrote.
Cadmium poisoning wreaks havoc on nearly all internal organs, and the metal can stay in one’s body for up to 30 years. At least it’s not rat?