Food safety

Sanctimonious Chinese hypocrite gets mocked online

The Chinese government got on its high horse in the wake of the media manufactured Fonterra botulism scare. Their finger pointing even reached their president who used the APEC meeting to castigate John Key for food safety…even when there was no risk at all from the Fonterra scare.

Well, his own population set about mocking their president in social media.

It’s rare for Chinese citizens to laugh outwardly at their president. But when Xi Jinping appeared to scold his New Zealand counterpart over food safety during a face-to-face meeting in Bali on Sunday, the irony proved too delicious to ignore.  Read more »

While China points the finger

China has been pointing the finger at New Zealand and criticising our 100% Pure branding. Trying to say New Zealand is 100% “pure festering sore”. The left wing of course has jumped onboard with this because running down the country is preferable to them.

But while China uses this scandal as a negotiating ploy to extract substantial discounts for new orders they really should be getting their own house in order before shamelessly pointing the finger at us.

The New York times in an article titled “Life in a Toxic Country” they examine and expose the startling hypocrisy of the Chinese government.

I RECENTLY found myself hauling a bag filled with 12 boxes of milk powder and a cardboard container with two sets of air filters through San Francisco International Airport. I was heading to my home in Beijing at the end of a work trip, bringing back what have become two of the most sought-after items among parents here, and which were desperately needed in my own household.

China is the world’s second largest economy, but the enormous costs of its growth are becoming apparent. Residents of its boom cities and a growing number of rural regions question the safety of the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. It is as if they were living in the Chinese equivalent of the Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster areas.

Puts a little bit of botox in some milk powder in perspective doesn’t it.

Before this assignment, I spent three and a half years reporting in Iraq, where foreign correspondents talked endlessly of the variety of ways in which one could die — car bombs, firefights, being abducted and then beheaded. I survived those threats, only now to find myself wondering: Is China doing irreparable harm to me and my family?   Read more »

Green taliban now exploiting NZ’s woes

The leader of the Green Taliban, Australian and committed communist Russel Norman is desperate to be involved in the Fonterra issue.

So much so that over the last day he’s lodged 13 Written Questions to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye.

Here’s but 5 of them.

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Labour’s policy disarray continues

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You’ve got to give it to Damien O’Connor for at least trying to be relevant. He’s in a face-off with Nikki Kaye and needed to look as though he was doing something when Nikki saved the good-ol Kiwi sausage sizzle from the officious bureaucrats.

Sad thing was his media release was two days after Nikki had announced the changes.

Then in Labours’ rush to be seen responding to the Government’s announcement, Damien didn’t do his homework.  Read more »

Next thing you know, they will ban rare steaks

Council jobsworths with clipboards are setting about telling diners what they can and can’t order…they are cracking down on gourmet burgers and punters ordering the meat rare.

[C]ouncil officials are cracking down on the freedom to choose how your burger is done, warning restaurants not to offer them rare or even medium-rare.

A number of celebrity chefs are affected by the move, including Gordon Ramsay, whose Maze Grill restaurant sells a burger for £12, Angela Hartnett, whose York and Albany’s bar menu includes burgers, and the Soho House chain, run by Nick Jones, the husband of broadcaster Kirsty Young.

All face being asked at their next routine inspection how they offer their burgers after the decision by Westminster city council, which regulates food safety in more restaurants than any other local authority.

The decision is expected to be followed by other councils, but critics fear it could lead to questions over the safety of rare steaks and raw meat dishes such as steak tartare.

The policy is to be the subject of a legal ruling.

After routine inspections by environmental health officers, Westminster council challenged the way Davy’s was serving its £13.95 burgers at one of its restaurants in central London. Davy’s has taken the case to the High Court, which experts say could set a legal precedent as to whether or not diners will be able to order meat rare.

A Davy’s spokesman said: “The burgers are produced from high quality ingredients and Davy’s contends that it has safe measures in place to serve rare or medium-rare burgers.”

James Armitage, the council’s food health and safety manager, said: “This is about making sure customers are eating meat that is not a threat to their health. It is possible to produce burgers that can be eaten undercooked, but strict controls are essential.

“We have enlisted the UK’s top expert on E. coli, Prof Hugh Pennington, to get this matter resolved and he has outlined that rare minced meat that is not correctly cooked and prepared can kill.”

But John Cadieux, the executive head chef for the Burger and Lobster chain, said: “If you follow the guidelines to the letter then you’re going to destroy the burger industry.“

Not only that but you’re opening a Pandora’s box, because where do you finish? Steak tartare, runny eggs … the list is endless.”

Fongterror product recall

It was pretty bad when Fongterror was putting melamine into Chinese baby food products but now they are putting metal into butter:

Fonterra has recalled two ranges of butter after receiving complaints that metal objects were found in the products.

Fonterra managing director Peter McClure said two isolated complaints had been received and there were no reports of anyone being injured by the “fine metal objects”.

The products being recalled are: 500g Mainland salted butter, with a best before date of January 10, 2013 (batch CV12) and 500g Anchor salted butter with a best before date of January 26, 2013 (batch CV28).

“The voluntary recall is a precautionary measure as there can be no compromise when it comes to product quality or the health and safety of our consumers,” McClure said.

The products should be returned to the point of purchase in their packaging for a full refund and not be consumed, he said.

Don’t their product lines have metal detectors and rare earth magnets to test product for metal objects?