A local report has revealed that 90% of vinegar in the market is produced by glacial acetic acid rather than grain.
According to the report [zh] in the First Financial Daily, the annual consumption of vinegar on average is up to 3.3 million tons and 90% is a chemical combination of glacial acetic acid, water and other addictives. The term “Vinegar Mixture” (勾兌醋) has become another hot search term in the past few days.
Egugu forum user, Bean Eyes warns [zh] other consumers about the chemical vinegar mixture:
The edible glacial acetic acid has gone through the distillation process and is harmless. But it does no good to the human body, it is just acidic water, not vinegar. The industrial glacial acetic acid has heavy metals and methanol, which will result in polyneuritis and can cause blindness, blood intoxication, stomach and intestinal adhesion. A prolonged period of consumption would lead to lung and stomach cancer.
In Sina Weibo, the problem of “vinegar mixture” appears in a number of news threads today. Below is a translation [zh] of selected comments from the Global Entrepreneur Magazine news threads:
Li Jinli: This is not a business secret at all. The problem is no one steps up to manage the situation. Our tax money is spent on feeding dogs.
Spiritual mountain: There isn't a single food we can eat with confidence. What kind of world are we living in? Probably we should turn our kitchen into a chemical laboratory and test the food before we cook it.
Cao-min: How come we have so much chemical food. I wonder if other countries are the same? Expecting enlightenment…
Zou Xiaobing: A reversed question: Can you tell us what else we can eat with confidence?