A few weeks ago China buzzed with news about KFC apparently reusing cooking oil and using powdered soy milk instead of fresh. The state media was happy to jump on this as proof that foreign companies occasionally do bad things, too, and used it to distract the public from the stream of over-the-top food safety problems that have cropped up here. The newspapers were trying to sell powdered vs fresh as being on the same level as the melamine and industrial chemicals in milk problems that China has had, which strikes me as insane but I guess that’s the point of being a propaganda outlet. Anyway, Chinese Greenpeace tested produce in a number of Chinese cities and stores, and as Shanghaiist reports, the results don’t look good:
16 vegetable and fruit samples were taken from Tescos in Beijing and Guangzhou. Among them, 11 were found containing pesticide residues. Six samples contained pesticides that the EU classifiers suspect to be hormone disruptors. Six samples contained pesticides that EU classifies as possibly harmful to unborn babies.
A spinach sample contained pesticide procymidone level 2.99 mg/kg, which exceeds the EU MRL of 0.02 mg/kg by 149 times. The pesticide itself is no longer allowed to be used in EU as it has been classified as a suspected hormone disruptor.
One leafy vegetable sample turned up two kinds of pesticides, methamidophos and monocrotophos, the use of which have been prohibited in China since the beginning of year 2007.
Out of four rice samples taken, one contained 0.02 mg/kg of isoprothiolane pesticide residue, which is above the EU MRL standard. In the EU this product would not be allowed to be sold.
We sampled 12 fruit and vegetable samples from stores in Shanghai and Wuhan. Nine samples contained pesticide residues. Seven samples contained pesticides that the EU classifiers suspect to be hormone disruptors. Five contained pesticide residues that EU classifiers suspect may harm unborn babies.
A Chinese leek sample and an eggplant sample contained the pesticide methamidophos, the use of which has been banned since 2007. The pesticide was also found on a rice sample at low levels.
Lianhua, with affiliate stores Hualian and Century Mart
We sampled 22 fruit and vegetable samples from supermarkets in Shanghai, Wuhan and Hangzhou. 15 samples were found to contain pesticide residues. 11 samples contained pesticides that the EU classifiers suspect to be hormone disruptors. Eight contained pesticides the EU classifiers suspect may harm unborn babies.
A Chinese leek sample contained pesticide residue procymidone levels of 1.05 mg/kg. This exceeds the Chinese MRL standard of 0.02 mg/kg. The pesticide residue carbendazim levels of 3.21 mg/kg also exceed the Chinese MRL standard of 2mg/kg. These two pesticides are both categorized by the EU as hormone disruptors. Procymidone is not allowed to be used in the EU.
A leafy vegetable contained the pesticide methamidophos, the use of which has been banned since year 2007.
But you see Nike tried selling a shoe that only had one sole as opposed to the advertised two, so widespread chronically tainted foodstuffs isn’t really a problem.