The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 May 2007

The pot says the kettle is contaminated

News Item: Groupe Danone said Wednesday that Chinese officials had seized about 118 tons of its Evian mineral water on the ground that it breached local safety rules. The water, which arrived in China in February, failed quality inspections by Shanghai customs officials for having excessive amounts of bacteria.

Suggestion to Danone: Re-label it as dog food and see what happens.

(Via Consumerist.)

Posted at 10:03 AM to Dyssynergy

Seized so the officials can drink it and avoid the local water system, no doubt.

Posted by: Brian J. at 1:27 PM on 30 May 2007

We need to simply see China as another participating country in the international community -- who doesn't have problems, while China might have more or less of them in certain areas. Stop being bitter towards one entire nation, it's more important to find the solutions to problems. Nobody wants to create his or her own enemies right? So why be so hostile towards China? I want to ask you this...Are you simply angry with China actually due to some other unrelated thoughts?

Posted by: hostility is no use at 8:41 AM on 31 May 2007

I have no particular quarrel with China, other than that whole Mao Zedong business; on the other hand, I have reason to question some of the foodstuffs Beijing has sent us in recent years, and by "recent years" I mean "in the last couple of months."

Posted by: CGHill at 11:19 AM on 31 May 2007

hmmmm, I like China. Of course my uncle always thought they were purposely trying to kill him during the Korean War ... seems he met a few of the more angry ones than you meet nowadays :)

Posted by: Ron at 11:21 AM on 31 May 2007

Of course, you have reason to question any type of foodstuffs or anystuffs problem, and you should -- we need caring and responsible people in this world. But I'd like to point out that "Beijing" is rather a political term nowadays and I don't think the use of this one city name could bring much of "objective" tone to your questioning. If there are non-political issues, then let's talk about just that. But don't bring the whole nation or the nation's Capital down. How would it sound if they say that "Paris purposely sent the dangerous Evian water to the Chinese people...?" I like China, but I hate the communist system itself with passion -- it's just not working for the people. By denying the whole nation and clinging to its unfortunate past forever, we are denying the people in China who are just like us here... and who are we to judge others...?

Posted by: hostility is no use at 7:36 PM on 31 May 2007

Why, if it weren't for judging others, I'd have no reason to live.

Slightly more seriously, I'm waiting, perhaps as anxiously as you, for China to shake off as much as possible of that "unfortunate past." It's not going to be easy.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:40 PM on 31 May 2007

Unfortunately, the unfortunate past remains very much a part of the present.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:19 PM on 1 June 2007