• Posted by Califia Suntree on May 17th, 2011, 9:02 AM

    “In theory,” reports The Telegraph, “China follows many internationally recognised standards for food safety.” But in practice, they spray their melons with so much growth chemical that they explode “like landmines.” The fruit was sprayed with forchlorfenuron, which is also used in the U.S. and, according to the EPA, “promote[s] plant cell division and lateral growth.” That seems like an understatement, if it can actually cause fruit to detonate, but there you have it.

    The fruitocolypse is just part of the story, however: “China’s government is increasingly nervous about food safety issues after a string of scandals that include melamine-tainted milk, toxic beansprouts, steroid-laced pork and meat that glows in the dark.” I bet Nestle is looking into that last one—kids would just love glow in the dark Hot Pockets!

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