Memo of health incidents in 2010

From Southern Metropolis Weekly:

The cruel reality reminds us that we are in the environment of “man-made illnesses”. What can we do? How do we break out?





January 7, over 30 dialysis patients were infected with hepatitis C virus in Anqing City, Anhui Province.  January 11, 16 people were infected in Shou County.

January 22, in Guangzhou, a junior high school boy got meningitis after injection of flu vaccine.

January 25, 18 pregnant women in Shantou city were infected with disease-causing bacteria, led to chronic illnesses, 7 cases were concealed.



February 4, a bread factory in Conghua, Guangzhou was forced to shut down for using milk powder containing melamine.

February 9, “melamine ice cream” appeared in Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province.

February 10, Guangdong Chao Candy contained melamine way exceeding limits.

February 23, Wuhan Bureau of Agriculture announced, cowpea of Hainan were detected to contain Isocarbophos.

February 24, due to industrial pollution, 250 children in Jiahe County, Hunan province had mass amount of lead in their blood. Some parents were arrested by the County Public Security Bureau for trying to go of town for physical examination. The company Tengda caused the lead poisoning incident was ordered to stop several times by the EPA but continued to operate. It has now been shut down.

February 26, According to Agricultural Quality Supervision and Testing Center in Jiangmen City, one of the Cucumber samples and one of the cowpea samples from Hainan contained banned pesticide – Isocarbophos.




March 2, 26 workers at Dongguan Ding Xin Metal & Plastic Products Co. Ltd. were diagnosed with diseases that are caused by the harmful aspects of their profession.

March 14, the news of certain cabbage contained pesticide residues exceeding 20 times of the national standard broke out in Haikou City.

CCTV reported on March 15, “Yong Heng calcium alkaline ionized water” and other alkaline water are harmful to human body.

March 17, over hundreds of children in Shanxi died or became disabled of unknown causes, but all were vaccinated before their illness. This was so called the “Shanxi Vaccine incident”.

March 18, media reported that in China, the “sewage oil” that goes back onto the dinner table is about 2-3 million tons each year, and the total oil consumption is about 22.5 million tons a year. Sewage oil is 100 times more poisonous than arsenic, since then, sewage oil incident has attracted more media’s attention.



April 1, Yangshen (company that makes vaccines) in Jiangsu province admitted that 180,000 of their rabies vaccines do not meet the standards.

April 9, Chenzhou City Children’s Hospital used industrial oxygen instead of oxygen, causing panic.

April 11, Report showed rising in numbers of Parkinson’s disease in China, an annual increase of 100,000 cases.

April 15, news broke out in Hunan Province that during student medical examination, same needle tubing was used on multiple students for skin test.

April 19, news said diseased pigs were sold at restaurants and food stalls in Qingyuan, Guangdong.

April 22, Botox became widely used, but improper injections causing facial paralysis frequently occurred.

April 23, 73 tourists at Huairou Mountain in Beijing had nausea, vomiting and other symptoms after eating. After going to the hospital, doctor said the food they had contained clonidine, which was an expired high blood pressure medicine.

April 28, media exposed an oil factory in Changsha made and told 20 tons of “black heart oil”, mostly to college cafeterias.



May 4, a man in Wuhan sold sleeping pills mixed with flour to the entire nation as “imported medicine”.

May 11, a Foxconn employee committed suicide. Since January 23, 2010 Foxconn employees “first jump” to November 5, 2010, 14 Foxconn employees leaped to their deaths one after another, which causing  great concern of the community all over the world.

May 23, In Lingbi County, Anhui, “problem cucumbers” brought down 13 people, caused by use of highly toxic pesticides.

May 25, a woman in Hainan died of poisoning after eating sunfish (also called the wheel fish).

May 26, in Shenyang, over 250 chickens died of diseases were found a smoked chicken joint. Sunset Yellow, Color Agent, other industrial dyes and also bags of iron rust were used to color the dead chickens.

May 27, a man believed that the electronic cigarette can cleanse his body, but he died suddenly after smoking it.

End of May, the Ministry of Health denied Zhang Wu his status of “Ministry of Health the first senior nutrition expert”. This former “most expensive Chinese doctor in Beijing” was discredited; his illegal clinic was also closed down.



June 3, the World Health Organization said, H1N1 outbreak still continued.

June 4, Hubei Province confirmed a case of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

June 7, Hong Kong Watson Drinks said to be infected with fungi.

June 11, poisonous sea snails were selling hot in the market, it was reported that eating one sea snail will cause death.

June 13, a large number of pigs died in Wuxuan County, Guangxi.

June 13, 30 people in Chongyang County, Hubei had great amount of lead in their blood.

June 26, in Qingdao a female teach died during liposuction weight loss surgery.



July 6, 8 children were poisoned from eating Jatropha in Hainan.

July 6, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets said to contain two chemical components: one was in the clay toys “polydimethylsiloxane”, the other was extracted from oil “t-butyl benzene Diol”.  McDonald’s said the amount of contents are lower than the international limits.

July 7, 22 patients at the Qichun County People’s Hospital all went into spasms after blood transfusions.

July 9, melamine milk powder was found in Gansu, Qinghai and Jilin.

July 14, Bawang shampoo was said to contain carcinogenic substances.

July 27, in Shenyang, a boy who started smoking when he was 8 died of heart attack. His blood vessels looked like a 60-year-olds’.

July 29, contraceptive market leader, “Yu Ting” was said to cause ectopic pregnancy.



August 2, Coca-Cola admitted the new product "Vitamin water" is not a health drink.

August 2, Shandong’s “Want Want Crackers” was found containing coliform bacterium.

August 5, milk powder was questioned for causing precocious puberty.

August 12, U.S. media reported that “super germs” spreading to the world, causing many deaths.

August 23, many people in Nanjing reported muscle degeneration after eating crayfish.

August 30, Hunan Jin Hao tea oil was found to contain carcinogenic substances which exceeding 6 times of the limit.



September 2, 26 villagers in a village of Yunnan Province all suffered emphysema; water pollution may be the cause.

September 2, cases of mosquito-bone disease were found in Guangdong.

September 8, more than 60 ophthalmic patients in Shanghai had adverse reaction after injecting Avastin. Subsequently, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration announced that what Shanghai First People’s Hospital was using, labeled with Product of Roche Company, number B6001B01 of Avastin is fake medicine.

September 8, ticks poisoning in Henan caused 18 deaths.

September 9, 19 students in Huaian were identified to have cholera.

September 14, 12 primary school students in Nanning, Guangxi were infected with pink eye.

September 15, outbreak of dengue fever in Dongguan.

September 16, in Foshan, Guangdong, a 66-year-old woman was killed by tsutsugamushi mite bites.

September 20, Vitamin C tablets with Yinqiao was said can cause adverse reactions or going into shock.



October 8, food poisoning incident occurred in a hotel in Luding County, Sichuan Province.  Dozens were poisoned including the tourists, tour guides and hotel staff.  One tourist died.

October 15, maggot infested oranges were found in Shandong, expert said do not panic after accidentally eating one.

October 16, Jiucheng perfume was found to contain carcinogens – phthalates.  Currently there is no standard on the limit of phthalates.

October 17, Canton West Classic and the Guangxi Golden Tea oil products were found to contain some carcinogens.

October 19, it was reported that some food business in Hefei, Anhui when making lamb soup using banned substances as additives.

October 29, after an announcement paper was published by SFDA, fifteen weight loss drugs exit the market in a hurry, including the one sold for 10 years, Qumei weight loss capsule.



November 15, 24-year-old talent show star Wang Bei died in an accident during her plastic surgery.

November 17, a 59-year-old woman in Hong Kong who had visited Mainland till the end of last month was infected with H5N1 avian influenza virus.  But it is not yet sure if she was infected locally or from outside.

November 22, dairy drinks that contain excessive melamine were found in Xiangfan, Hubei province. 

November 23, State Administration of Quality Supervision announced that from March to August, 670 tons of dairy products imported to China are unqualified, in which infant formula was accounted for 7 percent. Most of them were originated from Australia.  Main reason was because fungi or heavy metals exceeding limits.

November 24, City of Nanning seized more than 150 kilograms of mushrooms bleached with bleach.

November 29, CCTV "Focus" reported many foods on the market which contains vegetable butter may cause side-effects of trans fatty acids.

  1. I’m guessing this is just the very tip of the iceberg. Is it really true that China doesn’t have legislation aimed at the use of phtalates?? I can’t believe that.

  2. Tell the world again how China wants to be a super power instead of a corrupt cesspool of self aggrandizing cavemen.

  3. Any Americans want to complain about outsourcing now? I guess we should thank the multi-national conglomerates? And also, lets thank the US gov’t for the farm subsidies that make our food cheaper than the chemically enhanced Chinese alternative.

  4. good post Key
    most of the dumbass from outside of China doesn’t know this sort of thing exist

        1. i guess you are right
          that’s why the rich buys import goods in China
          but the problem is import goods for average Joe in China are luxury

          1. i meant not buying anything china made here in the west. which… well, try it and see how much these exported corporations screwed us over.

    1. That is true to some extent but most developed countries have measures to counter individual greed that causes dangers to the public health. China is still lagging behind on legislation, control, punishments and effective deterrents, and when it puts everyone’s health at risk it’s just not good enough. The raging corruption doesn’t exactly help either.

      On the other hand I do imagine that the CCP is working hard to rectify this situation but is generally overwhelmed by the sheer size of the country, the population and the amount of producers/factories. Unfortunately we haven’t seen the last case of food that kills here in China.

    2. “Most of this is the same stuff that happens anywhere”
      i would say only some stuff happens anywhere, not most
      i don’t know which other country you are referring to

  5. Pinky Eye – oh, please, talk about a minor infection. Might as well mentioned every time someone stubbed their toe!

  6. “July 27, in Shenyang, a boy who started smoking when he was 8 died of heart attack. His blood vessels looked like a 60-year-olds’”
    Ahaha :)) fucking smoker doesn’t even know what hit him.

  7. Melamine…..still!!!!

    I came to China 9 years ago, there were reports of infant powder in Western China with no nutritional value, a few years back the Xinjiang Noodle scare with melamine, the supposed ‘cleanup’ of the industry after SanLu 2 years ago and still more tainted ice-cream, milk products and foodstuffs!

    Still like my street BBQ despite to sewer oil!!!

  8. It is all a bunch of Bull!!!
    Alkaline Water. You have heard a lot about it and you want to know if what is said about it is true or a bunch of hipe. A least those were my questions after my Doctor recommended that I should start drinking it. Go to my site for all of your answers. While the water is not the ware all be all medical cure, it is a step in the right direction of cleansing the body so that it can do it’s job of healing it’s self.
    The realistic fact is that people need to recognize the truth about Alkaline Water and all the benefits it will give you. We need to get the word out about Alkaline Water. The AMA and the Big Drug Companies do not want you to know the water really does work. They would be out of business if we all were healthy and did not need them any longer. The water really works. It cleanses the body of contaminants that we put in it by everyday living, floods your body with antioxidants that lets the body do its job of healing itself, and restores your natural wellness. For instance, this is how antioxidant are measured, the more negitive -mV the higher antioxidant level. Tap Water has positive +400 to +500mV, Wheat-Grass Juice has an negative O.R.P. (antioxidant) of -120mV. Which is good. Real fresh squeezed Orange Juice has a negative O.R.P. of -250mV. Which is better. The LIFE 7600 Ionizers TM can get over -800mV. in one glass. This is as close as we can ever hope to get to a Fountain of Youth. In addition, irrespective what Machine you buy, the alkaline water is going to help you feel better. Check it out for yourself and you make the call. Do You Want To Feel Good for a Change?

    1. Nice try Mr. Alkaline Water salesman.

      Is it this “conspiracy” you are referring to?

      “A water ionizer is an appliance that ionizes water. Although there is no empirical evidence that ionized water is beneficial to human health, it is marketed with claims that it is an antioxidant which can slow aging and prevent disease. Such claims contradict basic laws of chemistry and physiology.”

      Yeah, those damn basic scientific laws. Ruining another good business idea.

    2. “The AMA and the Big Drug Companies do not want you to know the water really does work. They would be out of business if we all were healthy and did not need them any longer”
      Well you have to consider the good of humanity, Mike! The alkaline water you speak of seems like a solution today for today’s problems. If I follow you, if we all switched to alkaline water, the big corporations would go broke, since we would all be healthy. But then there would be no more researchers working in those big corporations. If in the future, an ailment that cannot be cured by alkaline water WERE to arise, then we would be left helpless without a research force. The people who have discovered alkaline water, and its ability to cure every ailment known today, are geniuses of epic proportions for this discovery. It is statistically implausible that they would invent another cure of similar proportions, given the sheer importance of alkaline water. As much as these people are geniuses, relying on isolated geniuses to save humanity from the future diseases that ARE YET to arise seems irresponsible and frightening to average Joes like me. Using lots of people in a group, and motivating them with money, is closer to a solution that reassures Joes like me. Besides, if a new separate genius were to arise in the future and give humanity another ultimate remedy as alkaline water is supposedly today, who is to say that they would be as kind as the discoverers of alkaline water, sharing their discovery at an affordable cost? So, all in all, I have shown you that whereas alkaline water is certainly capable of curing all ailments known to man TODAY , it is irresponsible and cowardly to use it instead of going with the established system.

  9. is there a good site/feed that publish health/food-related incidents in China regularly? I can’t seem to find one. It doesn’t really help when I see it 11 months after it happened.

  10. Sane Country: Some product is deemed unsafe for consumption and is recalled. Reasons vary from contamination, packaging flaws, etc.

    Insane Country: Unsafe products are put on the market where the maker knows FULL FUCKING well they are hazardous.

    Nice one, China.


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