How to stop your food poisoning from Beijing Palace
In Beijing, the food is not safe.
China’s government and state-run food agencies are increasingly using the public to spread the blame for outbreaks of food poisoning, with Beijing’s Pita Palace becoming a hotbed for public accusations that the country’s pandemic has tainted food.
The government has blamed the coronavirus on the spread of contaminated rice from one palace restaurant to another.
“I can only imagine what the government’s trying to do here,” said Wang Zhiyu, a 30-year-old Beijing resident who works at a local Pita restaurant.
“This is a government official making a public accusation.
There is nothing the government can do to stop this.”
The Beijing authorities have not publicly admitted any role in the outbreak.
“If you’re a food inspector or a health official, it’s really difficult to get any real information about the quality of the food,” said Li Xin, who works for the Beijing-based advocacy group People’s Food Security.
“It’s impossible for us to get a good picture of what’s going on.”
But with more than 100 million people, China’s economy is a huge one and the government needs to control its food, Li said.
In recent weeks, a string of food incidents have put the country on edge.
A recent outbreak at a state-owned restaurant in the city of Xiamen has prompted a nationwide crackdown on adulteration.
The restaurant was found to be dumping food that had been contaminated by the virus.
A few weeks later, police at a Beijing government-run kindergarten found a dead dog at a food warehouse.
Officials say the dogs died of exposure to the virus after the restaurant failed to sanitize it properly.
The pandemic also has sparked protests over what many say is unfair treatment of Chinese nationals, including those from China, who are considered economic migrants.
The United Nations and the U.S. State Department have condemned the pandemic and urged the Chinese government to prevent and contain outbreaks.
Some Chinese officials have said that Beijing should accept more U.N. aid, including for food, while others have said it would not.
“There is an urgent need to stop the spread and eliminate the source of the infection,” said Zhang Xunyuan, an official with the Ministry of Health in Beijing, adding that the government should be able to provide medical help.
“Even if you’re not a doctor, we know that the only way to stop food poisoning is to stop it from spreading,” Zhang said.
“The government is really pushing people to make public accusations about the pandemics.”
A food inspector at Pita’s Palace restaurant in Beijing says the public can’t be trusted to know what’s safe and what’s not.
(Photo: Jie Sun, AP) Beijing’s government has not publicly acknowledged any role, but the state-controlled food agencies have been increasingly using public accusations to push for a ban on food exports to the U