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Noxious Chinese Food- Do not Eat in China- Oysters Have 740 Times Acceptable Level of Copper

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 4, 2011

Do not eat in China….
From here:
” Oysters, for instance, have been detected to contain levels of copper 740 times the acceptable standard.

The Local Yangcheng Evening News reported that in 2010 the Pearl River and a number of other rivers including the Jung River, Shenzhen River and Tong River discharged 1.08 million metric tons of petrochemical pollutants, arsenic and other heavy metals into the sea off the coast of Guangdong, with the Pearl River accounting for 70% of the total amount.
Huang Xiaoping, a researcher at the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, pointed out that among the sea fish caught off Guangdong, Jitoumeitong fish contained levels of chromium and lead 24 and 48 times acceptable level. Another popular fish, the Shetzi, has been found to contain amounts of lead 53 times the permissible level. Oysters, a favorite food among local diners, contains copper and cadmium levels 740 and 90 times the acceptable standards, respectively.

4 Responses to “Noxious Chinese Food- Do not Eat in China- Oysters Have 740 Times Acceptable Level of Copper”

  1. gowron said

    Well I can finally live out my heavy metal dreams, of being a metal head.

  2. Brewskie said

    WTF? Are China’s “exchange warehouses” so overstuffed with copper (which has been getting murdered lately) that it’s getting dumped into rivers?

  3. Brewskie said

    For a little info. on exchange warehouses and “inventory financing,” FT Alphaville had a good piece back in March:


    Recently, it’s believed there’s more than 2.8 million tons of copper just sitting around, serving no purpose than collecting dust, and grabbing loans to plug in the property market.


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