What I am saying is there is no point in publishing a half baked story. If they have this much info on this issue I am sure they would be knowing the brands as well. It should have been published.
Why should the news article be for reading only? By publishing the names of the brands and findings it could have actually served a purpose. Thats what I meant.
I've shared the info with all my friends who had not heard of yet. They all felt disturbed. Although I understand how many of us feel about it I personally would not expect any disclosure of the unsafe brands because the local culture here does not encourage (even) constructive criticism. You can only say nice things about everything - just a comment nothing else meant.
Where's investigative journalism? Where did they get this story from in the first place? Did they contact the SQU guys who did the investigation and did they try to get the brand names from them?
Gone are the days when readers would just digest whatever is dished out.
Investigative journalism ? It is easy to get news handouts from major advertisers than to dig out stories concerning the public health. Muscat Daily got the news from Doctor at SQU who has done the test but he did not give brands - quite understandably because his job is research not food safety authority. The Muscat Daily went back to Doctor but he refused to name the brands - this was in paper. What I didnt see is Muscat Daily appoaching the resposible authority for food safety to get answers and if they approached nand didnt get responce then they should inform readers that concerned authority has not given any reply.
Leo, are you by any chance working for a chicken company?
As received by email....
As received.... MAY be true please don't use any Chinese product AVOID CHINA MADE FOOD: CHOCOLATES : WARNING: IMPORTANT
Everything you need to know about MELAMINE
Make sure you read to the very end - very interesting -
perhaps the best way to tell where things are made....
China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report.
Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and what not to eat.
1.What really is poisoned milk?
It is milk powder mixed with 'MELAMINE'
What is Melamine used for?
It is an industrial chemical used in the production of melawares.
It is also used in home decoration. ' US resistant board'
We all MUST understand that Melamine is used in INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION
- - - - - it CANNOT be eaten.
2.Why is Melamine added to milk powder?
The most important nutrient in milk is protein.
And, Melamine has this same protein that contains 'NITROGEN'
Adding Melamine into milk reduces the actual milk content required,
and therefore it is cheaper than all milk. So it lowers the capital required
in the production of milk products. Therefore it earns the business man more profit!
Below is Melamine; doesn't it look like milk / milk powder?
It doesn't have any smell, so cannot be detected.
3.When was it discovered that it had been added to milk products.
In 2007, US cats and dogs died suddenly, they found that pet food from China contained Melamine.
Early in 2008, in China , an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones was reported.
In August 2008, China Sanlu Milk Powder tested for Melamine
Sept. 2008, the New Zealand government asked China to investigate this problem
Sept. 21, 2008, they found that many food products in Taiwan tested for Melamine
4.What happens when Melamine ingested and digested?
Melamine remains inside the kidneys. It forms into stones blocking the tubes.
Pain will be imminent and the person cannot urinate. Kidney(s) will then swell.
Although surgery can remove the stones, it causes irreversible kidney damage.
It can lead to the loss of kidney function and will require kidney dialysis or lead to death
because of uremia.
What is dialysis? In fact, it should be called 'blood washing'; it is filtering all of the body's blood into
a machine and then returning the blood back to the body.
The whole process takes 4 hours; and it is necessary to have dialysis
once every 3 days for the rest of your life.
A small hole is required in the arm to insert the sub-dialysis catheter.
Why is it much more serious in babies?
A baby's kidneys are so very small and they drink a lot of milk powder.
China currenty has 13,000 infants hospitalized
It does not matter how much Melamine a human being ingested (ate) (took).
The important point is: 'MELAMINE CANNOT BE EATEN!'
5.What foods are to be avoided?
Foods from China that contain dairy products should be avoided.
Remember: Foods with cream or milk should be avoided.
6.Which companies are affected?
Hereunder are the companies affected with Melamine.
7.What do we do next?
Avoid the above foods for at least six months.
If you own or operate a snack bar, a restaurant, or a coffee shops, etc.,
stop selling dairy products for the meantime.
If you have infants at home, change to mother's milk or find other substitutes.
Finally, share this information with friends so they will understand the risk of milk poisoning.
The whole world is very afraid of "Made In China" 'black-hearted' goods.
Do you know how to differentiate which products are made in
the USA , or in the Philippines , in Taiwan , or in China ?
The first 3 digits of the barcode identify the country code
wherein the product was made.
For Example: ALL barcodes that start with 690, 691, 692, etc., . .
up to and including 695 are all MADE IN CHINA .
Barcodes starting with 471 are printed on products Made in Taiwan .
You have a right to know. But the government and related departments
never inform or educate the public. Therefore we must educate ourselves,
be vigilant, and RESCUE ourselves.
Today, Chinese businessmen know that consumers will not select products
'Made in China '. So, they make every effort not to show or state the country
of origin on their products. However, you can now refer to the barcode.
DO remember if the first 3 digits are one of those between 690 and 695 inclusive then it is a product Made in China .
00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
628 ~ Saudi-Arabia
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
740 ~ 745 - Central America
All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines.
Just another one of those rubbish forwarded emails. It's so poorly written and has some false information that it's not worth reading. Just like most chain emails.
Here's some properly written information about Melamine.
As for the barcodes:
Where is the admin people with this Karen Millen crap coming up everywhere!
What the hang is happening in this world?
the topic has strengthened the ordeal of cancer in the Sultanate in my mind. What we are supposed to do right now is to take an action ; such as, posting some ideas or precautions to our friends at facebook or when u talk with. In that way, we can awaken people to this serious issue.