Dead Fish and Infant Formula Are the Latest Problems to Worry China's Consumers

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For people worried about China’s potential to unleash deadly diseases and contaminated products on its own citizens and the rest of the world, every day seems to bring more bad news. First there were the dead pigs floating through Shanghai. While the pigfestation is mercifully over, China’s financial hub is the center of what appears to be a spreading outbreak of a new and deadly avian flu. At the same time, a new plague has hit the city: In the past five days, the local government has hauled about 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of what the Shanghai-based Global Times newspaper describes as “putrid, dead fish” from a river in the city’s Songjiang district.

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