31 brands of bottled water fail safety tests in Beijing

When we first arrived in China, local friends warned us to be careful which drinking water company we used. No one’s surprised that drinking water has now officially made the long list of Chinese food safety scandals:
Beijing halts sales of tainted bottled water
“”In order to prevent these substandard products from entering the distribution chain, the product quality bureau has taken measures to halt sales,” the administration said in a statement Wednesday.

“Tests on one brand of bottled water — Yiqun — found that bacteria levels were 9,000 times above safety standards, while those in Tianxing Special Water were 560 times higher, a report in the state-run Beijing Times said.”

7 thoughts on “31 brands of bottled water fail safety tests in Beijing”

  1. One of the rules I have when I travel is to never drink tap water even when everybody says it’s completely safe. I don’t want to get sick while travelling and being away from home, no matter where I go. Now if bottled water isn’t safe either, well…Maybe I’ll just carry 2 or 3 big bottles of water in my suitcase, that’s the only thing I think of right now. as well as contacting locals lo find out about these things beforehand, if I can.

  2. The dangers of eating and drinking water in China are huge.
    There have been so many food and water safety scandals I have given up eating at Chinese restaurants altogether. Whatever some people may think of McDonalds and Burger King, at least, you won’t get poisoned eating there. Generally, if you avoid the French frys and the ice creams their menue is not unhealthy anyway.

    For those who want to understand more about this and other quality issues in China they should read, Poorly Made in China by Paul Midler. Midler’s central thesis is that Chinese companies cut the price to get the orders and then engage in what he calls ‘quality fade.’ In the process of quality fade cheaper components and ingrediants are used in order to make profits. From the research I have conducted, many US companies have woken up to ‘quality fade’ and this explains why US investment dropped by a staggering 41% over the last year. My advice is, if you can, avoid buying anything made in China and especially the food. Recently I was in Hong Kong and spoke to many families from the mainland who go there every weekend to do their shopping for the week. The food and beverage scandal is just another example of how the culture of face will end up destroying this country.

  3. Hi Ross

    I knew you when your were postgraduate advocate at UNSW – I was having a l ot of trouble with bullying and obstruction from my supervisors and department head. Despite all the relentless toxic tantrums etc from dear old Grant McCall and Jocelyn Pixley I got the PhD in the end. There were problems with them failing to act appropriately right up to the final opportunity to do something toxic of course.

    I am sorry to hear there are problems with the water in China. How much per kilowatt hour is electricity? In NSW it is now in AU$ 20.6cents which is a huge leap. Our water is ok luckily. It would be nice to catch up via email Ross, so if you could send me your address that would be great. I have a VOIP phone that is cheap to talk on as well. My laptop is on its last legs so won’t support SKYPE anymore.

    Kind regards
    Christine

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