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Posted: June 15 2012

The Guardian - May 30, 2012

Pah, pah, pah. This is how Chinese farmers have described the dreadful sound of watermelons exploding in their fields.
Last summer, the overuse of growth chemicals led to acres of spoiled watermelons in Jiangsu province. Around the same time, hundreds of guests at a village wedding were hospitalized after eating pork laced with another harmful growth chemical. Other science fiction-like food scare stories include soy sauce made of human hair, fluorescent-blue pork and pork chemically made to taste like beef. These food scares remind many in China of the melamine-tainted milk that sickened 300,000 babies and killed six in 2008, and of growing food safety problems.
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