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1/3 of Shenzhen Markets Selling Contaminated Noodles

Posted: 05/12/2014 5:37 pm

hoh funThrough unannounced inspections of the city’s markets, Shenzhen municipal health inspectors have discovered a full third of tested fresh noodles do not conform to health standards, the Nandu reported.

Of the 99 sellers of wet noodles and Hoh Fun (flat white noodles) inspected, 34 sellers broke regulation, mostly by adding food additives.

Six were found to have food additives including borax (four cases), formaldehyde (two cases); preservatives including benzoic acid (22 cases), dehydrogenated acid, and sorbic acid; food coloring was also found that included lemon yellow (9 cases), and sunset yellow. Three cases were found to have both additives of benzoic acid and lemon yellow.

The inspection covered 21 farmer’s markets located in Luohu, Futian, Nanshan, Bao’an, Longgang, Longhua New District, and Guangming New District, and was carried out from end of March to beginning of April of this year.

As well, the inspection was extended to city center supermarkets and restaurants. Focusing upon prepackaged noodles, the city health inspector found that out of a sample of 172 different sellers of noodles, 49 were found to contain illegal food additives such as benzoic acid.

The findings of the Shenzhen health inspectors have been transferred over to the local Public Security Bureau for policing.

Photo: 21cn


Looking to cut costs, one reporter finds cheap living in Taipei

Posted: 07/22/2013 7:00 am

A reporter from The Daily Sunshine spent half a month in Taiwan after his friend, a long-term Shenzhen resident originally from Taipei, returned to his hometown after claiming living costs in Shenzhen were too high.

Initially sceptical about his friend’s claim, the reporter concluded that his friend, Mr Zeng who lived in Shenzhen for 20 years, had a point in saying that prices in Taipei are more reasonable.

After following Zeng to Taipei, the reporter noted that a respectably-sized portion of beef chow mein cost 50 NT (10.24 RMB) and a large enough portion for two to three people cost 90 NT.

The reporter went on to claim that a quality portion of beef chow mein would cost at least 33 yuan in Shenzhen. He later said he had a filling meal on Shaoxing South Street for the equivalent of 10.4 yuan.

As for the price of vegetables, although prices increased in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Soulik, they have already returned to normal. And according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Agriculture, of the 110 major types of vegetable available in Taiwan, 72 have decreased in price since a year ago, 34 have increased and four have stayed the same.

He also observed that broadband and mobile internet are cheaper in Taiwan. It cost just 900 NT for an international phone card and that included a month of high-speed mobile internet.

Also, oil is cheaper in Taiwan than in many mainland provinces after prices decreased in Taiwan and increased in mainland China in the first half of this year. In Taiwan, a litre of No. 92 unleaded gasoline costs 6.82 RMB, 0.3 RMB more expensive than a litre of No. 90 unleaded gasoline in Shenzhen.

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