A south China city is considering using milk at the center of a poisoned food scandal to make bricks as a cheap and clean way of disposing of the tainted products.
Guangzhou officials are looking into the viability of dumping the toxic products, found to have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine, into furnaces that make bricks and cement.
City officials are having a hard time ensuring the milk is disposed of properly. Some Guangzhou garbage stations poured tainted milk into rivers earlier this month, triggering concerns the city’s water supply would be contaminated.
Using the milk products in the manufacturing process is estimated to cost 700 yuan (NT$3,369) for each ton of milk processed, more than 70 percent cheaper than burning it in garbage incinerators, media reports said.
The reports said that burying the poisoned products was another alternative allowed by the government, at a cost of 200 yuan a ton, but quantities would have to be limited to prevent soil pollution.
In China alone, four children have died and 53,000 have fallen ill after consuming milk or milk products laced with melamine, which can make the protein content appear higher.
Many countries and territories have banned Chinese milk and milk products in the wake of the scandal, one of many involving tainted Chinese-made foods. (AFP)
1. scandal n.
醜聞 (chou3 wen2)
例: The politician was at the center of a corruption scandal.
2. viability n.
可行性 (ke3 xing2 xing4)
例: The legislators discussed the viability of building a new terminal.
3. toxic adj.
有毒的 (you3 du2 de5)
例: The government has placed a ban on importing the toxic products.
4. estimate v.t.
估計 (gu1 ji4)
例: Our estimated arrival time was 10:30am.
1. What have some garbage stations done with the milk?
a. Poured it into rivers.
b. Poured it into the sea.
c. The article doesn’t say.
2. According to the article, which is the most expensive?
a. Burying the milk.
b. Burning the milk.
c. Using the milk for manufacturing.
3. How many children have fallen sick due to contaminated milk?
4. Is this the first Chinese food scandal?
a. Yes, it is.
b. No, it isn’t.
c. The article doesn’t say.
a hard time
If somebody is having a hard time, they are finding it difficult to do something. In the article, the city officials are having a hard time ensuring the milk is disposed of safely.
For example: “Since the start of the recession, Terrence has had a hard time finding investors willing to invest in his microbrewery.”
如果說某人正處於「a hard time」，就表示他們覺得某事執行起來有困難。文章中提到，市府官員費力地向民眾擔保會妥善處理毒奶。
Winston: You look like a bag of bones! What’s wrong with you?
Elaine: I’ve just got back from China and I was terrified to eat anything.
Elaine: Well, there have been a lot of food scandals, and I don’t think the cooking standards are very high.
Winston: Yes, that’s probably true. Now go and get a burger and fatten yourself up!
a bag of bones 骨瘦如柴
If a person looks like a bag of bones, they are drastically underweight. For example: “Paulo looked like a bag of bones when he came out hospital.”
如果說某人看起來像「a bag of bones」，就表示他們太瘦了。例如：「保羅出院時，看起來骨瘦如柴」。
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