The hydrogenated oil widely used in food industry is as dangerous as DDT. The trans-fatty acids contained in hydrogenated oil pose a severe threat to health that has led many Western countries to ban its use, but its production and use are still rather common in China.
Margarine as dangerous as pesticide
The hydrogenated oil widely used in food industry is as dangerous as DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane), CCTV reports. The trans-fatty acids contained in hydrogenated oil pose a severe threat to health that has led many Western countries to ban its use, but its production and use are still rather common in China. A survey has found that the trans-fatty acids content in cheese, margarine, cakes and biscuits in the Chinese market exceed 5 percent.
China creates nutrition departments
Provincial governments across China are beginning to set up food and nutrition departments in an effort to strengthen food safety and raise nutrition levels, Xinhua reports. Heilongjiang Province's food and nutrition inquiry committee held its first plenary session last week, after its establishment in April following Tianjin and Shanxi Province.
Six provinces, including Sichuan and Liaoning, are now preparing to set up their own food and nutrition departments. "New problems arise when people's living standards improve," said Wan Baorui, director of the National Food and Nutrition Department. "Food production cannot meet nutrition standards. Some people suffer from malnutrition and some from over-nutrition. It is imperative to guide food development and nutrition improvement."
Projectors damage eyesight
Improper use of projectors in the classroom can damage students' eyesight, Yangtze Evening Post reports. If the light in classroom is too strong, students cannot see the slides clearly, but if the light is too dim, they have trouble taking notes. A report from China Electronic Chamber of Commerce suggests that most of the students sitting in the last three rows cannot see the slides clearly when teachers use projectors.
(China.org.cn November 11, 2010)