2,500 Russians suffer from severe food poisoning every year
It seems that
food poisoning has become a sad part of everyday reality in Russia.
News programmes continue reporting serious food poisoning incidents,
in which dozens and even hundreds of people suffer. The latest
one happened last week in Russia, when over 600 people traveling
in a train from Russia's south to Moscow were poisoned with bad
quality food. Over a hundred passengers, most of them children,
still remain hospitalized. Preliminary investigation showed that
all those people had eaten pieces of a large 50-kilo cake, whichseems
to indicate the source of such a widespread poisoning.
a lot of other examples like that. About 100 cadets of the Stavropol
Military Institute found themselves on hospital beds after they
had had dinner in the dining hall of the institute. Over 30 school
children from the republic of Chuvashia in Central Russia were
poisoned with bad-quality sausages in the middle of October. Fifty
residents of one of the settlements in the Amur region of Russia,
48 of them school children, suffered from low quality food on
October 21. All these incidents happened in Russia in the space
of one month.
to the federal service for control of consumers' rights, about
2,500 Russian people suffered from various types of poisoning
in 2004. Russian Surgeon General, Gennady Onischenko, said that
the majority of incidents took place because of low-quality foodstuffs.
The turnover of such food has increased in Russia: these products
basically include tinned food, as well as butter, vegetable oil,
tea and coffee, which appeared on the market illegally.
It is worthy
of note that illegally-made alcohol beverages poison up to 40,000
Russians ever year. The quality of imported food leaves much to
be desired too. Valery Fraganov, the chairman of the State Duma
committee for economic policy, business and tourism, said that
developed countries perceive Russia as a market, to which they
can deliver second-best products.
service to supervise consumers' rights rejected over 600 tons
of foodstuffs last years as a result of numerous inspections.
A lot of specialists believe that the number could be a lot higher
if specialists approached the inspections more meticulously. To
make matters worse, the number of inspectors involved in such
procedures has been decreasing in Russia lately.
who bought a pack of rye crackers to have them with a bottle of
beer, was shocked when he opened the pack and saw a dried rat
inside. This news has received an extensive coverage in Russia
recently. Experts investigated the incident and came to the conclusion
that the dead body of the baby rat had been heat-treated together
with other ingredients used for the crackers. "The baby rat
was cooked with other products used in the making of this beer
snack. We noticed various spices on the body of the animal,"
an experts said. The man and two of his friends, who bought those
rye crackers, were lucky to avoid severe problems with digestion:
they decided to sue the makers of the snack.
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