Mouse Head Found In Chinese Canteen Lunch Boxes For The Second Time; Raises Food Safety Concern

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by Tejashee Kashyap

Food safety is a significant concern for individuals and regulatory bodies alike. Contamination or mishandling of food can lead to foodborne illnesses, which can range from mild discomfort to severe health complications. But how will you feel if you open your canteen lunch box and find a rodent’s head? Well, we know how you are feeling reading this. However, in China, a mouse head had been found in a lunch box meal at a cafeteria. Moreover, it’s for the second time in a month!

Rodent’s Head Found In Canteen Lunch Boxes

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Sparking online witticisms and a larger debate about food safety in the country, their state media reported that the head of a rodent was found in a lunch box in the cafeteria of Xiushan county’s traditional Chinese medicine hospital. Even a video was posted online, showing the mouse head in a dish of moyuya, or duck stewed with konjac, a local speciality.

The hospital claimed that its cafeteria food is outsourced to a third-party contractor through government tendering and had never before run into such a problem. A hospital representative who declined to provide his identity when reached by the media did not go into further detail.

According to the South China Morning Post, a student at Jiangxi Industry Polytechnic College in Nanchang posted a video of “an object with teeth, eyes, and nose” in his rice dish at a college cafeteria on June 1. This was the second time a mouse head had apparently made its way into a dish this month. This Chinese canteen lunch box incident has garnered online debate.

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Food Safety Concerns Has Been Ongoing In China

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In China, like in any other country, there are several food safety concerns that have been identified and addressed. The Chinese government has been working to address these issues through stricter regulations, improved surveillance, and public awareness campaigns.

Following the two occurrences, users on social media raised worry about the safety of the food supply. According to the State Administration for Market Regulation, 518,600 incidents of infractions involving food safety were looked into and handled nationally in 2022.

Despite recent improvements in food safety in China, official media reported that issues were still more prevalent in the catering and farming industries during product inspections last year.

What do you think of this Chinese canteen lunch box incident?

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