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    Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food
    By ANITA CHANG – 12 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted food
    crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands of Inner
    Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and rice watered by
    melted mountain snow.

    And it's all supplied by a special government outfit that provides all-
    organic goods from farms working under the strictest guidelines.

    That secure food supply stands in stark contrast to the frustrations
    of ordinary citizens who have faced recurring food scandals —
    vegetables with harmful pesticide residue, fish tainted with a cancer-
    causing chemical, eggs colored with industrial dye, fake liquor
    causing blindness or death, holiday pastries with bacteria-laden
    filling.

    Now that the country's most reputable dairies have been found selling
    baby formula and other milk products tainted with an industrial
    chemical that can cause kidney stones and kidney failure, many Chinese
    don't know what to buy. Tens of thousands of children have been
    sickened and four babies have died.

    Knowing that their leaders do not face these problems has made some
    people angry.

    "Food safety is a high priority for children and families of
    government officials, so are normal citizens less entitled to safe
    food?" asked Zhong Lixun, feeding her 7-month-old grandson baby
    formula after he got checked for kidney stones at Beijing Children's
    Hospital.

    The State Council Central Government Offices Special Food Supply
    Center is specifically designed to avoid the problems troubling the
    general population.

    "We all know that average production facilities use large quantities
    of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Antibiotics and hormones are
    commonly used in raising livestock and poultry. Farmed aquatic
    products are contaminated by various kinds of water pollution," the
    center's director, Zhu Yonglan, said in a speech.

    "It goes without saying that these are harmful when consumed by
    humans," Zhu told executives at supplier Shandong Ke'er Biological
    Medical Technology Development Co., which posted it on its Web site
    earlier this year.

    Zhu's speech has been widely circulated by Chinese Internet users on
    blogs and forums in recent days, with many expressing outrage that top
    government officials have a separate — and safer — food supply than
    the public.

    The special food center enforces strict standards on suppliers like
    Shandong Ke'er, which makes health supplements designed to boost
    immunity and energy. Foods must be organic, not genetically modified
    and meet international food standards, said a manager in the center's
    product department, who only gave her surname, Zhang.

    The reason: its A-list clientele of government officials and retirees
    of vice minister rank or higher.

    It's not unusual for China's leadership to have a special food supply;
    the practice stretches back thousands of years to farms providing
    ingredients for lavish imperial meals or the greasy, spicy dishes
    favored by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong.

    The former Soviet Union's ruling classes also ate food that was
    unavailable to the masses. In North Korea, where withering famines
    have seen tens of thousands starve over the past 13 years, leader Kim
    Jong Il is a gourmet known for his love of lobster, shark's fin soup
    and sushi. His former private chef has said Kim keeps an extensive
    collection of vintage French wines.

    Set up in 2004, China's Special Food Supply Center is almost as
    secretive as its high-end clientele, whose precise number is unclear,
    but includes hundreds of top political leaders, their families and
    retired cadres. Much of the information on its Web site was removed
    after media inquiries and interview requests this week.

    Goods deemed to meet the highest standards are stamped with the label
    "Nation A," which stands for "top end, irreplaceable, the best,"
    according to the Web site. Those products are for senior politicians
    or government offices and not released to the general consumer market,
    said a customer service agent surnamed Dong.

    Rice fed by melted snow from Mt. Changbai, which straddles the China-
    North Korean border, gets a "Nation A" rating, according to the Web
    site.

    The center scours the country for purveyors in places famous for a
    particular product, said Zhang, the manager.

    These include fish from Hubei province — known traditionally as the
    "land of fish and rice" — tea from mountainous Yunnan province
    abutting Tibet, and beef and mutton from the Inner Mongolian steppes,
    according to Zhu's speech.

    As for rice, some comes from the northeast, grown from seeds specially
    cultivated by experts from the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences,
    said sales manager Wu Honghua of Chifeng Heiyupaozi Organic
    Agropastoral Development Co.

    It "has a very small output. It tastes very good. And it doesn't
    involve genetic engineering," said Wu.

    Wu said 90 percent of the rice goes to the Beidaihe Sanitorium — a
    seaside resort for retired party cadres. The remainder is sold on the
    market, he said, at $4 a pound — a price five times higher than
    regular organic rice and 15 times more than the price of ordinary
    rice.

    A brand of organic tea supplied to the center sells for $187 a pound.
    "It's fresh and tender, smells good and has a bright color," said Xia
    Dan, an employee of the Huiming Tea Co. in eastern Zhejiang province.

    The latest food safety scandal began with tainted baby formula from
    one company, but widened to include products from 22 of China's
    dairies. Countries as far away as Kenya and Colombia have banned or
    recalled Chinese dairy imports, while cakes, candies and other
    products made with milk products have come under suspicion.

    Since the scandal broke earlier this month, sales of Chinese milk have
    plummeted after top dairies Mengniu Dairy Group Co. and Yili
    Industrial Group Co. were found to have sold contaminated milk.

    Chinese looking for reassurance have turned to one company not named
    in any recalls — Sanyuan Foods Ltd.

    It proudly advertises that its milk is used for state banquets at the
    Great Hall of the People and has seen its sales triple in Beijing,
    while demand has outstripped supply in at least one province. And
    that's despite the fact that its price — about $1.60 a quart — is 25
    percent higher than other brands.

    ___

    Associated Press writer Chi-Chi Zhang and researchers Zhao Liang and
    Bonnie Cao contributed to this report.

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    Bert Hyman Guest

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    [email protected] () wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food
    >


    Nothing new there of course; the only startling thing is that the
    words got spoken publicly un China and that the news got published.

    --
    Bert Hyman | St. Paul, MN | [email protected]

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    none Guest

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    On 25 Sep 2008 15:46:16 GMT, Bert Hyman <[email protected]> wrote:

    >rks97@yahoo.com () wrote in
    >news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food
    >>

    >
    >Nothing new there of course; the only startling thing is that the
    >words got spoken publicly un China and that the news got published.


    Unfortunately, ignorant people like you are easily fooled because you
    don't know **** about what you are reading.

    How Sad!

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    Bert Hyman Guest

    Default Re: Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food

    ""bbb\"@(none)" (none) wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > On 25 Sep 2008 15:46:16 GMT, Bert Hyman <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>[email protected] () wrote in
    >>news:[email protected]
    >>:
    >>
    >>> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food
    >>>

    >>
    >>Nothing new there of course; the only startling thing is that the
    >>words got spoken publicly un China and that the news got published.

    >
    > Unfortunately, ignorant people like you are easily fooled


    Fooled about what?

    > because you don't know **** about what you are reading.


    Here's your chance to set me straight.

    > How Sad!


    Thanks for your concern.

    Now, what the hell are you talking about?

    --
    Bert Hyman | St. Paul, MN | [email protected]

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    none Guest

    Default Re: Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food

    On 25 Sep 2008 15:52:30 GMT, Bert Hyman <[email protected]> wrote:

    >""bbb\"@(none)" (none) wrote in
    >news:[email protected] :
    >
    >> On 25 Sep 2008 15:46:16 GMT, Bert Hyman <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>[email protected] () wrote in
    >>>news:[email protected]
    >>>:
    >>>
    >>>> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>Nothing new there of course; the only startling thing is that the
    >>>words got spoken publicly un China and that the news got published.

    >>
    >> Unfortunately, ignorant people like you are easily fooled

    >
    >Fooled about what?


    Fooled by that junk news you just read obviously.

    >
    >> because you don't know **** about what you are reading.

    >
    >Here's your chance to set me straight.


    You are born deformed. I'm not sure I can help.

    >
    >> How Sad!

    >
    >Thanks for your concern.


    You are welcome.

    >
    >Now, what the hell are you talking about?


    I'm talking about your obvious ignorance and stupidity of course.

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    Billy Guest

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    PETA makes demands for human breast milk to be used by Ben & Jerry's

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....ae236bc3.html


    I can see it now....Nipple Nougat!




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    Julia Altshuler Guest

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    Billy wrote:
    > PETA makes demands for human breast milk to be used by Ben & Jerry's
    >
    > http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....ae236bc3.html



    Do you sometimes get the idea that PETA members work for The Onion on
    the side?


    Or maybe it's the other way around.


    --Lia


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    Dimitri Guest

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    "Billy" <Hereiam@hotmaildotcom> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    >
    > PETA makes demands for human breast milk to be used by Ben & Jerry's
    >
    > http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....ae236bc3.html
    >
    >
    > I can see it now....Nipple Nougat!




    PETA - A large association of Chemists.

    Chemist - A person who can take a perfectly good product and turn it to
    ****.

    Dimitri



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    jmcquown Guest

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    Dimitri wrote:
    > "Billy" <Hereiam@hotmaildotcom> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    >>
    >> PETA makes demands for human breast milk to be used by Ben & Jerry's
    >>
    >> http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....ae236bc3.html
    >>
    >>
    >> I can see it now....Nipple Nougat!

    >
    >
    >
    > PETA - A large association of Chemists.
    >
    > Chemist - A person who can take a perfectly good product and turn it
    > to ****.
    >
    > Dimitri



    When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. gulf coast in 2004 PETA was widely
    reported as saying they'd sent a "large number" of people to help get the
    pets out that couldn't be evacuated for whatever reasons. Knowing PETA's
    track record, a Memphis radio station kept calling to get a statement from
    them. At first no one would talk to them. Then they finally reached
    someone at PETA with a conscience to admit on the air they'd sent THREE
    people to Louisiana. Gee, thanks. I'm not saying three people wasn't a
    help, but a "large number?" Um, I don't think so.

    PETA slants everything in their favour and doesn't like one little bit of
    criticism. I don't trust PETA. Perhaps at one time they actually cared
    about the ethical treatment of animals. I haven't believed that in a very
    long time.

    Jill


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    Billy Guest

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    On Thu, 25 Sep 2008 14:53:26 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >PETA slants everything in their favour and doesn't like one little bit of
    >criticism. I don't trust PETA. Perhaps at one time they actually cared
    >about the ethical treatment of animals. I haven't believed that in a very
    >long time.


    Didn't PETA rescue a large number of animals in Virginia?


    http://www.petakillsanimals.com/



    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group that complains
    bitterly when animals die accidentally in horse races or intentionally
    in slaughterhouses, killed more than 90 percent of the adoptable
    animals in its care during 2007.

    Last year, PETA wrangled with the Virginia government for nine months
    before its 2006 records were finally made public. In a cynical bid to
    hide the outrageous percentage of animals that wind up in their giant
    walk-in freezer, PETA's leaders tried to lump the pets they spayed or
    neutered in with those they took in for more than an hour. That
    squabbling continues, but this year we decided not to wait for the
    dust to settle.


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    Dimitri Guest

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    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Dimitri wrote:
    >> "Billy" <Hereiam@hotmaildotcom> wrote in message
    >> news[email protected]..
    >>>
    >>> PETA makes demands for human breast milk to be used by Ben & Jerry's
    >>>
    >>> http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....ae236bc3.html
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> I can see it now....Nipple Nougat!

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> PETA - A large association of Chemists.
    >>
    >> Chemist - A person who can take a perfectly good product and turn it
    >> to ****.
    >>
    >> Dimitri

    >
    >
    > When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. gulf coast in 2004 PETA was widely
    > reported as saying they'd sent a "large number" of people to help get the
    > pets out that couldn't be evacuated for whatever reasons. Knowing PETA's
    > track record, a Memphis radio station kept calling to get a statement from
    > them. At first no one would talk to them. Then they finally reached
    > someone at PETA with a conscience to admit on the air they'd sent THREE
    > people to Louisiana. Gee, thanks. I'm not saying three people wasn't a
    > help, but a "large number?" Um, I don't think so.
    >
    > PETA slants everything in their favour and doesn't like one little bit of
    > criticism. I don't trust PETA. Perhaps at one time they actually cared
    > about the ethical treatment of animals. I haven't believed that in a very
    > long time.
    >
    > Jill


    As far as I can tell, like many other good ideas, if they are carried to an
    extreme, any extreme they become an absurdity. PETA is a prime example.
    Personally the ASPCA has a much better track record.

    Dimitri


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    James Guest

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    On Sep 25, 11:34*am, rk...@yahoo.com wrote:
    > Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food
    > By ANITA CHANG – 12 hours ago
    >
    > BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted food
    > crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    > delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands of Inner
    > Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and rice watered by
    > melted mountain snow.


    When the English was trying to sell mad cow beef to English school
    lunch programs did any of the ruling class eat any suspected beef?
    Did baby Bush eat any beef from downers?

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    Rod Speed Guest

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    James <[email protected]> wrote
    > rk...@yahoo.com wrote


    >> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food By ANITA CHANG – 12 hours ago


    >> BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted
    >> food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    >> delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands
    >> of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and
    >> rice watered by melted mountain snow.


    > When the English was trying to sell mad cow beef to English school
    > lunch programs did any of the ruling class eat any suspected beef?


    Yep, one govt minister did.

    > Did baby Bush eat any beef from downers?


    Corse he did.



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    rst0wxyz Guest

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    On Sep 25, 6:38*pm, "Rod Speed" <rod.speed....@gmail.com> wrote:
    > James <j0069b...@hotmail.com> wrote
    >
    > > rk...@yahoo.com wrote
    > >> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food By ANITA CHANG – 12 hours ago
    > >> BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted
    > >> food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    > >> delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands
    > >> of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and
    > >> rice watered by melted mountain snow.

    > > When the English was trying to sell mad cow beef to English school
    > > lunch programs did any of the ruling class eat any suspected beef?

    >
    > Yep, one govt minister did.
    >
    > > Did baby Bush eat any beef from downers?

    >
    > Corse he did.


    You left a "p" in the first word. You really mean "corpse", don't
    you?

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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Sep 25, 8:52*am, Bert Hyman <b...@iphouse.com> wrote:
    > ""bbb\"@(none)" (none) wrote innews:[email protected]:
    >
    > > On 25 Sep 2008 15:46:16 GMT, Bert Hyman <b...@iphouse.com> wrote:

    >
    > >>rk...@yahoo.com () wrote in
    > >>news:[email protected]
    > >>:

    >
    > >>> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food

    >
    > >>Nothing new there of course; the only startling thing is that the
    > >>words got spoken publicly un China and that the news got published.

    >
    > > Unfortunately, ignorant people like you are easily fooled

    >
    > Fooled about what?
    >
    > > because you don't know **** about what you are reading.

    >
    > Here's your chance to set me straight.
    >
    > > How Sad!

    >
    > Thanks for your concern.
    >
    > Now, what the hell are you talking about?


    He's talking about nothing, of course. His screen name of "none" is
    more appropriate than he realizes.

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    =?windows-1252?Q?Je=DFus?= Guest

    Default Re: Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food

    Rod Speed wrote:
    > James <[email protected]> wrote
    >> rk...@yahoo.com wrote

    >
    >>> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food By ANITA CHANG – 12 hours ago

    >
    >>> BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted
    >>> food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    >>> delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands
    >>> of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and
    >>> rice watered by melted mountain snow.

    >
    >> When the English was trying to sell mad cow beef to English school
    >> lunch programs did any of the ruling class eat any suspected beef?

    >
    > Yep, one govt minister did.
    >
    >> Did baby Bush eat any beef from downers?

    >
    > Corse he did.



    Where've you been, you old bastard?

  17. #17
    Gregory Morrow Guest

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    Jeßus wrote:

    > Rod Speed wrote:
    > > James <[email protected]> wrote
    > >> rk...@yahoo.com wrote

    > >
    > >>> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food By ANITA CHANG – 12

    hours ago
    > >
    > >>> BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted
    > >>> food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    > >>> delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands
    > >>> of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and
    > >>> rice watered by melted mountain snow.

    > >
    > >> When the English was trying to sell mad cow beef to English school
    > >> lunch programs did any of the ruling class eat any suspected beef?

    > >
    > > Yep, one govt minister did.
    > >
    > >> Did baby Bush eat any beef from downers?

    > >
    > > Corse he did.

    >
    >
    > Where've you been, you old bastard?



    Standing in the benefits queue, no doubt...lol...!!!


    --
    Best
    Greg

    " I find Greg Morrow lowbrow, witless, and obnoxious. For him to claim that
    we are some
    kind of comedy team turns my stomach."
    - "cybercat" to me on rec.food.cooking



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    mmm&m Guest

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    "Gregory Morrow" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] m...
    >
    >
    >
    > Jeßus wrote:
    >
    >> Rod Speed wrote:
    >> > James <[email protected]> wrote
    >> >> rk...@yahoo.com wrote
    >> >
    >> >>> Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food By ANITA CHANG – 12

    > hours ago
    >> >
    >> >>> BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted
    >> >>> food crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    >> >>> delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands
    >> >>> of Inner Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and
    >> >>> rice watered by melted mountain snow.
    >> >
    >> >> When the English was trying to sell mad cow beef to English school
    >> >> lunch programs did any of the ruling class eat any suspected beef?
    >> >
    >> > Yep, one govt minister did.
    >> >
    >> >> Did baby Bush eat any beef from downers?
    >> >
    >> > Corse he did.

    >>
    >>
    >> Where've you been, you old bastard?

    >
    >
    > Standing in the benefits queue, no doubt...lol...!!!
    >
    >
    > --
    > Best
    > Greg


    So...what's cooking Greg?



  19. #19
    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Amid milk scare, China's elite get special food

    [email protected] wrote:

    > BEIJING (AP) — While China grapples with its latest tainted food
    > crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    > delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands of Inner
    > Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and rice watered by
    > melted mountain snow.


    And that's the "equality" of communism. **** it.
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano



  20. #20
    none Guest

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    On Fri, 26 Sep 2008 08:03:43 GMT, "ViLco" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >[email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> BEIJING (AP) ? While China grapples with its latest tainted food
    >> crisis, the political elite are served the choicest, safest
    >> delicacies. They get hormone-free beef from the grasslands of Inner
    >> Mongolia, organic tea from the foothills of Tibet and rice watered by
    >> melted mountain snow.

    >
    >And that's the "equality" of communism. **** it.


    And here we see another duped foolish westerner swallow the bait hook,
    line, and sinker.

    You people are real dip****.

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