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An American in China

McDonalds and China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 9, 2010

McDonalds has some drama about some preservatives in their food. Is this really surprising to anyone? Here in China, they are pursuing the sotry with a vigor(see snippet below). Which to me is quite laughable. I live in China and I see what happens here on a daily basis. I love the place but it is like a zoo of fraud, deceit and anarchy. The Chinese reuse the food from your plate to save money – this is true. They reuse old oil by skimming off the cigarette buts food and such, then sieve it and serve it to us again. They currently have more toxic milk, that kills children and causes kidney stones, but are upset with McDonalds.
IN the end it is all about face. China, by showcasing this McDonalds issue, can show their people that they are not so brutish or thuggish and that they are no different than anyone else. The problem is that Chinese more than anyone know better. Anyone who has lived here has seen the depths to which the Chinese will sink to make a buck, and are usually appalled by it. The place is great, but has some serious challenges.

McDonald’s China said Thursday that the company is “actively cooperating” with China’s food safety authorities in an investigation of its Chicken McNuggets for possible harmful additives, the 21st Century Business Herald reported.

Media reports home and abroad said that the McNuggets contain preservatives made from tertiary butylhydroquinone (tBHQ), a petroleum-based product, and dimethylpolysiloxane (the most common form of silicon and an anti-foaming agent).

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