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Links 1 through 10 of 37 by David Bandurski tagged safety

A report in the China Business Herald details the appalling conditions of Qinhai Gelatin, a company at the center of the ongoing scandal over the use of recycled leather and bones with high levels of chromium in the manufacture of gelatin used for medicinal capsules and also sold as a food additive. Local sources tell the newspaper that bones from restaurant garbage were also a key raw material, and the stench of the factory drove many people in the area in recent years to sell their homes and relocate.

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China's official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday that a section of a brand new high-speed railway in Hubei province collapsed after heavy rains. However, the company operating the rail line, the Huhan Hubei Rong Railway Company Limited (沪汉蓉铁路湖北有限公司), quickly denied that there had been a collapse, saying these were "routine improvements in the process of inspection." In an editorial in today's Beijing News, Han Han (韩涵) -- not to be confused with the race car driver and celebrity writer -- questioned the railway company's suggestion these were "routine improvements" and said national safety inspectors needed to move quickly to conduct a full and thorough inspection of the high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Wuhan and Yichang, which was due to open in May.

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According to China National Radio, an explosion today at a chemical factory in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, has killed at least 12 people and injured more than 40. By clicking on the headline above readers can view video from the scene posted to QQ.com on the afternoon of February 28.

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The Legislative Affairs Office of China's State Council announced yesterday that it had received 2,818 comments by e-mail and 7,030 written letters from the public concerning a proposed new national ordinance on school bus safety (校车安全条例草案). The proposed legislation was announced late last year in response to a series of tragic accidents involving school buses across the country. According to coverage by The Beijing News today, one of the strongest comments in response to the proposed legislation was that more funds go to the building of schools rather than focus on the safety of buses themselves. More schools, said many Chinese, would mean schools were closer and long bus journeys unnecessary.

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On Tuesday, as Chinese web users chattered across social media about China's latest bus crash, which left at least 15 schoolchildren dead on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency ran a live online chat in which State Administration of Work Safety spokesman Huang Yi (黄毅) explained draft rules on school bus safety released over the weekend. The draft rules were introduced following a public outcry over bus safety that followed a November crash in Gansu province, in which 21 people died, 19 of them schoolchildren.

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China's Ministry of Health responded in state media today to public concerns that new quality standards for the milk industry in China had been influenced by major milk producers in the country, as some experts have publicly alleged in recent days. The MOH said the new standards had been drafted by 70 experts, including 24 from various universities and government quality control agencies, and 9 representatives from milk companies (Abbot, Mead-Johnson, Danone, Sanyuan, Mengniu, Yili and Guangming). The other 37 "experts" were not specified.

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Chinese media report today that two-year-old Xiao Yueyue, who was struck twice by vehicles on a street in Foshan on October 13, and callously ignored by passersby until one woman finally stopped to assist her, died in hospital early this morning. Xiao Yueyue's case has shocked China, sparking a debate over ethics, morality and social responsibility in Chinese society.

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In a follow-up report today on the case of Xiao Yueyue (小悦悦), a two year-old girl in Foshan, Guangdong province, who was struck twice by passing vehicles and left bleeding in the middle of the road as at least 18 passersby ignored her, Guangzhou Daily reports that Yueyue is stabilized but remains in critical condition in a Guangzhou hospital. QQ.com has set up a special feature page on the case, which is drawing broad national attention: http://news.qq.com/zt2011/fsnt/index.htm
The China Media Project has a round-up of the case here:
http://cmp.hku.hk/2011/10/18/16469/

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According to a report by the official China National Radio, an explosion occurred Thursday morning at a chemical factory in Inner Mongolia, killing at least one person and injuring six people. The report says one person is still listed as "missing." The explosion occurred in Wuhai (乌海市), a prefectural-level city in Inner Mongolia.

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Jian Guangzhou (简光洲), the reporter for Shanghai's Oriental Morning Post who stepped onto the national stage in 2008 by breaking the Sanlu poisoned milk scandal, reports today that compensation for the 7-23 train crash victims has been increased to 915,000 yuan. This is almost double the previously reported figure of 500,000 yuan. Click on the headline above for a photo filed from the scene in Wenzhou. 

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