The Incontiguous Brick

September 12, 2007

Don’t drink the water!

Filed under: China,Warnings — iknowkeith @ 3:05 pm

If you are planning a trip to China in the near future (I hear there is some big sporting event next year) you might want to bring your own beverages.

Reuters reports a…

Chinese family on the southern island province of Hainan had just that idea when one of their number started vomiting blood after drinking a bottle of water, a newspaper said.

They fed a luckless chicken the rest of the water to see what would happen, the Beijing News said, citing a report in a local paper. “The result was the chicken died within a minute,” it said, showing a picture of a man holding a plastic bottle squatting over the crumpled body of the bird.

If that is the bottled water, what the heck does the tap water do? Explode? I have heard of water that burns, so I guess that is possible.

Seriously, we need to take a hard look at our trade relationship with China. All this cheap stuff is great, but the risks might be too high. I am not going to blame Wal*Mart, the Government, or even China. The blame now rests on us, the consumers. We have got to look at labels and make a decision each and ever time we buy a product made in China. Is it worth it? You might save a couple of bucks, but what risks are you taking?

China is a country that can not even keep extremely toxic bottled water off the shelves. There is no way we can trust anything that is exported.

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