Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Great Kimchi Crisis of 2005-06

Could this be the start of the next grand regional conflict?kimchi

There hasn't a rousing squabble in Pacific Rim in quite some time. And this is home to the Opium War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 which led to the great Russian Revolution of 1905 (and that great baby buggy scene in "Potemkin"), and the Great Leap Forward.

And now - the Sino-South Korean Kimchi Crisis.

In October the Korea Food and Drug Administration found parasites in imported Chinese brands of kimchi. China replied that the department should be called SOUTH Korea Food and Drug Administration.

When So. Korea told China to bugger off, China responded by banning some South Korean food products. And they emphasized the "South" in South Korean. Miffed, Saigon replied "as if NORTH Korea has anything to export."

In the meantime, (S)KFDA announced on 3 November 2005 that it discovered parasites in 16 brands of kimchi from China. And these were different parasites than the ones found last month. The Parasites of October are normally found in human feces. The second round of testing found roundworm, which usually hang out in dog and cat neighborhoods.

And here we are obsessing over bird flu.

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