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26 tons of inedible “fake” salt seized in Guangzhou

Posted: 03/18/2014 9:27 am

Easy on the salt, not just for the sake of your blood pressure! These days in Guangzhou who knows what “salt” you are sprinkling on your food.

Nanfang Metropolis Daily reported that about 26 tons of fake salt, mainly industrial salt, was uncovered in Guangzhou in the first half of the month, according to figures released by the provincial salt industry group on March 15, China’s consumer day.

Industrial salt, which contains excessive levels of metals, are not safe for human consumption. Some industrial salt that contains sodium nitrite can sometimes result in deaths. The confiscated salt has been circulated in Baiyun, Huadu, Zengcheng and other overlaying regions between city and countryside, the report said. The salt was smuggled from central Jiangxi Province, and stocked in several warehouses in places such as Baiyun before being distributed in Guangzhou.

An executive from the provincial salt group said 96% of the 650,000 tons of salt consumed annually in the city was safe. But still, you don’t want to be the one buying the remaining 4%, if the numbers are reliable.

Here is a trick identified by the newspaper to tell if the Yuepai salt (粤牌盐) is table salt or not: fake salt often has folds around the edges, while real salt doesn’t. Here is a comparison of edible Yuepai salt and the bogus one (top). Courtesy of Orange Net:

Home page and content photo credit: Nanfang Metropolis Daily 


Jobless and unaccepted: man on trial after failed suicide pact with girlfriend

Posted: 08/1/2013 11:00 am

A young couple in Guangzhou who couldn’t afford a house made a suicide pact because their families would not let them be together. After eating cockroach poison, they both survived. Then they stabbed each other. She died and he survived.

The man is currently on trial for murder.

Moreover, the girl’s family are now demanding 8 million yuan in compensation from Wang Jiangyong after he was found lying next to his dead girlfriend in a rented room last December with a stab wound in his chest, Anhui Satellite Television reports.

Wang insists that he can only afford to pay a maximum of 50,000 yuan, and the money could turn out to be the least of his worries.

After he was arrested, Wang explained the suicide pact and how his girlfriend’s family would not accept him because he did not have steady employment.

On December 9, Wang and his Hunan girlfriend Xiao Jing (alias) bought two packets of cockroach poison, ate them in a hot pot and then lay down in bed in a rented room arm-in-arm, waiting to die. When they woke up the next morning, they realised they would need to seek another method.

During the small hours of December 11, they decided to stab each other. After they both stabbed each other near the left shoulder, they embraced and fell onto the bed, but he didn’t die.

Realising he would face murder charges, Wang then tried to poison himself with gas, but again didn’t succeed.

On Dec. 14, the landlord smelt gas coming from Wang’s room and had the door kicked down. He was found along with Xiao Jing’s body.

Prosecutors have questioned parts of Wang’s account. For example, he said his girlfriend was naked when he stabbed her, but the knife clearly penetrated the clothes she was wearing.

And to compound the sheer awfulness of the whole thing, Xiao Jing’s mother told the court that she would have approved of the relationship if it really made her daughter happy.

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