Email Circulating About Chinese Year Oranges…


Perhaps you’ve received this email on the topic:-

 

Dear All,

 
             Chinese new year is drawing near. When buying Chinese oranges
             please beware of the worms inside.  These worms are very
             similar to the texture of the orange and therefore can only be
             observed if you look carefully (long sighted person may not
             notice).

             The Chinese government had in fact made efforts to destroy
             hundreds of tons of these oranges and compensate the farmers
             for these. But however some culprit may still sell it
             illegally. That’s why we need to be careful.
 
             Whether the worms are harmful to the human body or not is still
             questionable. But generally if small quantities are consumed it
             should not cause any major harm according to doctors. It is
             advisable to be careful about it.

Well according to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), oranges from only one plantation in China are affected by an outbreak of fruit fly maggots – and Singapore does not import oranges from there.
The AVA said the problem was isolated to a plantation in Wangcang county in Sichuan province.
Singapore’s sources of Chinese mandarin oranges are Guangdong, Fujian and Shantou provinces.

Besides if we are talking about just fruit fly maggots then I am pretty sure our digestive juices are more than capable of handling those tiny little things. Just watch ‘FEAR FACTOR!’

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