China’s famous ice cream that doesn’t melt even in fire… “Is it safe?”

(Shenyang = Yonhap News) Correspondent Park Jong-guk = A famous Chinese ice cream product, which does not melt well in high temperatures as well as in fire, has been engulfed in safety controversy.

Zhongxue Gao Ice Cream that doesn’t melt even in the balls

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It started when a netizen recently posted on social media Weibo an article and a video stating that ice cream sold by Zhongxuegao, a Chinese ice cream company, does not melt even after an hour at a high temperature of 31 degrees Celsius.

On the 5th, another netizen released a video of experimenting with this ice cream with a lighter and a torch.

Related hashtags have risen to the top of various social media search terms every day, becoming a social issue.

Netizens responded, “A special chemical additive is added so that it does not dissolve easily” or “Is it safe for the human body to artificially add a substance that does not dissolve for a long time?”

As the controversy spread, Xuegao Zhong said, “I added a viscosity enhancer to prevent it from easily melting, but it meets the national food safety standards.”

Despite the company’s clarification, netizens are not skeptical, saying, “If it is much more expensive than a regular product, it will not only meet the standard, but the quality should be much better,” or “food safety standards should be strengthened more strictly.”

In an Internet poll, when asked whether they would like to eat this ice cream, 45% answered ‘worried about affecting human health’, and only 16% answered ‘we just need to meet the national standards’.

People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, commented on the 6th, “The reason the public is attacked is because of the high price and the suspicion that the product may be poor. There is a need for practical verification.”

Ice cream that does not melt even though it is burnt by fire
Ice cream that does not melt even though it is burnt by fire

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Founded in 2018, Xue Gao Zhong received attention by differentiating it from existing products through a strategy to sell high-priced products.

Low-priced ice creams cost 12-17 yuan (about 2,000-3,000 won), several times more expensive than other ice creams, and there are expensive products priced at 160 yuan (about 31,000 won).

The reason why the Chinese are sensitive to the safety of food, especially dairy products, is the trauma caused by the successive food scandals.

In 2008, milk powder containing melamine, a chemical harmful to the human body, was distributed, killing at least six infants and causing damage to 300,000.

When it was found that melamine was added to deceive the protein content, the immoral behavior of companies focused on making money while putting public safety at the forefront was criticized.

In 2020, there was an incident in which the heads of babies who ate fake formula swelled up.

Last month, propylene glycol, which can cause nervous system and kidney disorders if consumed in excess for a long period of time, was detected in milk produced by Dairy Company, Mitsuel, and was rejected as food by the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration of China.

In April, the owner and four employees of a famous restaurant in Sichuan Province, who sold 50,000 bowls of hot pot by reusing so-called ‘Chinese New Year’s cooking oil’ extracted from leftover food, were sentenced to up to 10 years and 6 months in prison and sentenced to 23 million won. It was ordered to pay compensation of yuan (about 4.4 billion won).

Xiamen city officials cracking down on food
Xiamen city officials cracking down on food

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