Food Safety

Food safety is such a big issue in China that it deserves its own category. Here are all articles regarding this topic.

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

I’ve discussed many wellness topics on this health blog, but the major interest, by far, is pollution. Everyone in China is very concerned about the safety of the air they breathe and the food and drinks they put into their [...]

Mid-Summer Heat, Beware All Meat!

Mid-Summer Heat, Beware All Meat!

We’re in the middle of the sānfútiān 三伏天, the three ten-day periods signifying the hottest days of summer. In the west we call it “dog days of summer” for reasons which escape me. But my point is that it’s hot. [...]

Food Safety: Open Invite For Forum

I’m glad to see that the Beijing Healthcare Forum is continuing to offer the occasional free lecture to the public. I’ve been invited back to their next meeting on July 18th at 8 pm, to discuss food safety. All are invited! [...]

Food Safety In China: New Slide Show

Food Safety In China: New Slide Show

I’ve recently updated my popular Food Safety presentation after presenting at the US Embassy, so I’d like to share it with a larger audience. You can watch the entire slide show below, full screen and without downloading, by clicking on [...]

Food Safety in China: The Basics

Food Safety in China: The Basics

The hottest topic on my blog, apart from air pollution, is always food safety in China. The newspapers are filled almost daily with the latest scandal, or a repeat of old scandals, and it’s a legitimate question to wonder just [...]

Don't Share Chopsticks! (If You Can Avoid It)

Don't Share Chopsticks! (If You Can Avoid It)

How many of you get a bit queasy in a Chinese restaurant when you watch everyone dipping and re-dipping into the shared dishes with their own chopsticks? Well, you’re not being a hypochondriac or showing Western cultural insensitivity — there [...]

Are Your Store's Eggs Refrigerated?

Are Your Store's Eggs Refrigerated?

Many readers may be following the story in the U.S. about an epidemic of stomach infections from eggs contaminated with salmonella bacteria. This bacteria can live both inside and outside eggs, which otherwise may look perfectly normal. The main way to [...]

Safe Seafood -- In Beijing?

Safe Seafood — In Beijing?

Emperors and kings used to have food tasters screen their foods for poisons; I have my own tester — my skin. Whenever I eat unfresh foods that have toxins or chemicals in them, my skin will quickly break out with [...]

Gastroenteritis — The Basics (& Slide Show)

Gastroenteritis — The Basics (& Slide Show)

Case study: A 45 year old woman eats leftovers of sushi and salad (1 day in fridge). Two days later, she has diarrhea, stomach cramps, gas, and vomiting… The Basics Literally, gastroenteritis means “inflammation of the stomach”. This is the [...]

Enjoy Dragon Boat Zongzi -- Safely

Enjoy Dragon Boat Zongzi — Safely

Next week is Dragon Boat Festival (duanwu 端午), and the big dish is the very tasty rice dumpling wrapped in banana leaf. Known as zongzi (粽子), these come in both savory and sweet flavors. It’s a great tradition, and probably [...]

Surprise! Some Upbeat Food News: Xibei Restaurant

Surprise! Some Upbeat Food News: Xibei Restaurant

I think we’ve all had enough of depressing food safety articles, haven’t we? So, I’ve decided to provide a ray of hope and tell you about a Chinese restaurant chain that is extremely healthy, inexpensive, fun, family friendly, and clean (“A” [...]

China's Health: Special Articles in the Lancet

China's Health: Special Articles in the Lancet

Those of you interested in the state of China’s healthcare should scoot over to the Lancet’s current magazine, available for free online (partly, with free registration). The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, has been running an almost-annual [...]

Food Safety -- Very Cool Bilingual Newsletters

Food Safety — Very Cool Bilingual Newsletters

I’ve mentioned many times the excellent website by the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety, with their enormous collection of bilingual PDFs. They also have a very readable monthly newsletter which I recommend to all. Below are some snippets from their [...]