Is No Milk Safe, Anywhere In The World?

From the Danwei blog:

Life Times (生命时报) is a weekly newspaper on health, medicine, and wellness that grew out of the weekly supplement “Life Week.”

Its most recent issue features a cover story on the most pressing health issue of the day: the safety of powdered milk. The large headline reads “Milk powder businesses must have a conscience.”

The subhead reads “Foreign brands have had crises, too; their management system has much to teach.”

Zhai Hua, a blogger who covers cross-cultural issues, took issue with the way the cover feature referenced international milk powder scandals:

Life Times: “Our milk has problems, but your foreign milk isn’t clean either”
by Zhai Hua

Whenever there’s a scandal, the habitual response of certain people is to cover it up, and to minimize major problems that can’t be covered up. If it can’t be minimized, then there’s another technique: prove that it exists in foreign countries, too. This time is no exception. Sanlu’s milk powder has become kidney stone powder, and other famous national brands have been laid low as well. Life Times, a domestic paper attached to a major newspaper, has taken advantage of its position to report what its journalists, stationed all over the world, were able to find: “The safety of milk powder is actually a global problem. It’s not unique to China; across the whole world, there have been milk powder safety incidents involving more than a few famous and well-regarded businesses in major infant formula producing nations like the United States and Germany.”


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