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Dangerous chemicals have been used in food for years

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:05 am

After Chinese media stated that their satay might contain a toxic cancer-causing substance, a number of individuals are now feeling sick after eating the satay.

Chemicals found in Kim Bien Market. Chefs have used these chemicals for years in making food (Photo: SGGP)

Chefs at sidewalk restaurants have used additives and chemicals in food for many years, as buying these chemicals are easy and inexpensive.

A Sai Gon Giai Phong journalist toured one of the biggest wholesale markets in Ho Chi Minh City – Kim Bien Market in District 5.

Chemicals including liquids to bleach, chemicals to create coffee foam and colorings, and chemicals to make chicken and goat meat crispier were found in nylon bags and bottles.

One retailer said that chefs should use one spoonful of these chemicals in order to make the food crispier.

At another shop, the owner said chefs have used additives and spices to make pho (Rice noodle soup with beef) and bun bo (Beef rice noodles).

She stated she sells more than 50 liters of beef to eateries in a week. She said that a one-liter bottle of additives priced at VND250, 000 could be used to cook 100 big pots of rice noodle soup or beef rice noodles.

The situation is much the same at Binh Tay Market in District 6. A shop assistant told a journalist that he uses a red powder in varnishing cooked crab rice noodles. She compared the cost of these chemical to only VND50, 000, while food colorings would cost six times more to buy. 

After the news became public, the Food Hygiene Department in Ho Chi Minh City, told the market management boards not authorize any shop to sell Chinese satay and spices for cooking ‘pot-au-feu’.

However, much Vietnamese food is package in nylon, without any clear indication of its origin and no labeling on the food product were available at several of market stores.

Source: SGGP

‘Naked’ airport scanners may be ‘dangerous’

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 9:53 am

Leaked Afghan war files a ‘dangerous’ risk: Gates

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 3:18 am

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said leaked US documents on the Afghan war posed grave risks for Americans in battle and for US relationships in the region.

Gates vowed the Pentagon will “aggressively investigate” and prosecute those behind the leak and had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help in the probe.

The leak of 92,000 classified documents by the website WikiLeaks contained no surprises and did not call into question the US strategy in the Afghan war, Gates and the US military’s top officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, told a press conference.

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website ‘WikiLeaks’, speaks during a press event in London

Gates, however, said “the battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world.”

The leak exposed sources and methods for US intelligence agencies and allowed US adversaries to learn about military tactics and procedures, said Gates, clearly angry over the episode.

The founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, has defended the release of the files, saying he hoped it would spark a debate about the war and that his site had checked for named informants before distributing the papers.

But Admiral Mullen said there were better ways to question the war and that Assange may have blood on his hands.

“Mr Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family,” he said.

Gates promised a thorough probe to find out how the “massive breach” occurred, to identify who was responsible, and to assess what information was compromised.

The military will take additional steps to protect classified information and to safeguard the lives of US service members as well as Afghans possibly endangered by the leaks, Gates said.

The unprecedented leak jeopardized the trust vital to gathering intelligence in the field, said Gates, a former CIA director.

“We have considerable repair work to do,” to fix relations damaged by the leak, he said.

“That is one of the worst aspects of this, as far as I’m concerned. Will people trust us?

“Will people’s whose lives are on the line trust us to keep their identities secret? Will other governments trust us to keep their documents and their intelligence secret?”

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned the release of the documents, saying it could endanger the lives of Afghans cooperating with the US-led force.

Gates declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that authorities had evidence linking an army soldier, already accused of leaking a classified video from Iraq, to the leaked Afghan war documents.

Private First Class Bradley Manning was charged earlier this month with illegally releasing a video of a helicopter attack as well as State Department documents.

The Pentagon chief said the leak will force the military to review how it shares intelligence with soldiers on the battlefield.

In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has worked to ensure soldiers deployed on the front line had the latest intelligence, entrusting troops with sensitive information.

“We want those soldiers in a forward operating base to have all the information they possibly can have that impacts on their own security, but also being able to accomplish their mission,” Gates said.

He said he would be discussing with commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq whether to “change the way we approach that, or do we continue to take the risk.”

Source: SGGP

Women play with dangerous animals

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Women play with dangerous animals

QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Many women sell poisonous and dangerous animals like scorpions and snakes at Cho Xuan To, a market along the Vietnam-Cambodia border in the southern province of An Giang.

Tran Thi My sells scorpions, spiders and other insects at this market. Scorpions are considered a specialty. In front of many visitors, she naturally caught scorpions and spiders by hand. When asked if she has been stung by a scorpion, she replied “many times,” but maintained that now she is used to it.

 There are many other such young women at this market. Nguyen Thi Nam from An Giang province began this job four years ago. She remarked: “On my first day, I was stung by a scorpion. My arm was swollen and my whole body was stinging. The pain dissipated after a week.”

 “I’ve bitten and stung by scorpions and geckos many times, so now I only feel numb,” she added, admitting that the job is dangerous and selling wild animals is illegal. She must accept it to support her six-member family.

Some women in Ha Tien, Kien Giang “play” with snakes. Pham Thi Tien has been a snake breeder since 2000. She currently has nearly 400 vi tuong snakes. Tien observed that breeding snakes is lucrative. One kilo sells for 400,000 dong.

Holding several snakes in her hands, Tien explained: “This species of snake is not poisonous. You will only feel pain if bitten. But if its teeth break off and are stuck in your flesh, then the pain is very terrible.” She has been to the hospital several times to remove broken snake teeth.

In Hau Giang province, many women butcher mice. Truong Thi Be has sold mice at Seo Vong market for over ten years. She caught the tail of a mouse and spun it as she detailed how, to avoid being bitten by a mouse, one must quickly catch the head or tail and spin it to make the mouse dizzy.

This woman often goes to the forest to hunt mice. Sau noted that mice in mangrove forests are very cruel and will even attack cats and dogs. “I’m bitten by them very often. They are very wise,” she asserted.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

HCMC hospitals admit children under 5 with dangerous Kawasaki disease

In Vietnam Health on January 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

Two Ho Chi Minh City pediatric hospitals reported January 14 they have admitted several children with suspected Kawasaki disease that could lead to heart-related complications.

A 14 month old child infected Kawasaki is treated at the city Children Hospital I

The exact cause of the disease is not known despite much research but the children have symptoms like redness and swelling of the lips, tongue, and oral mucous membrane, dark rings around the eyes, and high fever.

It typically affects kids below five.

The cardiac ward at Children Hospital I has up to three children to a bed. Most had been diagnosed with dengue fever by small clinics in their districts.

Doctors at the hospital said until five years ago there were around 20 cases a year. But the disease is in an uptrend, with the number going past 100 last year.

Medical experts said Kawasaki is a dangerous disease that can lead to serious complications of the heart.

The fatality rate is around 1 per cent and half of patients died during two first months.

The disease is named after Dr Tomisaku Kawasaki, the Japanese doctor who first identified it in 1967, Dr. Vu Minh Phuc, head of the cardiac ward at Children Hospital I, said.

Because the cause of the disease remains unknown, doctors treat the symptoms which are similar to those of dengue fever and bronchitis.

They try to reduce inflammation in the child’s body and prevent a coronary artery aneurysm from forming.

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