Food Safety

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

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 [...]

Melamine in Milk Products -- Again

Melamine in Milk Products — Again

Most expats probably remember the late 2008’s food safety scare regarding melamine in milk products (especially formula) causing kidney problems in hundreds of thousands of Chinese infants. Unfortunately, it seems that we still need to be concerned about milk products [...]

Green Grocers in China?

Green Grocers in China?

I read an intriguing post recently on the Global Times about a Greenpeace investigation into China’s foreign-owned supermarket chains. This Greenpeace “Supermarket List for China” ranked the 15 largest supermarkets based on categories such as pesticides and GM foods. The [...]

Fruits & Pesticides: Are Supermarkets Safe?

Fruits & Pesticides: Are Supermarkets Safe?

I’ve had a couple posts regarding pesticides and fruits, and have a follow up now. In early spring, Greenpeace China published results of their private testing of fruits in major markets in some cities, including Beijing, and found many pesticides. [...]

Organics: I Love...Walmart?!

Organics: I Love…Walmart?!

I find myself in an unexpected position here. As am American, I rarely considered Walmart a place to shop for general products, much less my groceries. I was fortunate to live in the natural paradise of Sonoma and San Francisco, [...]