With the recent cases of H7N9, or bird flu in the news it makes me stop and wonder just how safe the chicken I buy really is. Although, it is considered safe to eat chicken so long as it is properly cooked according to WHO and the CDC. Now, with the thousands of pigs found in the Huangpu River, pork is coming into question. As an American, I am used to being able to count on both local, and national news to keep me informed on food safety. In China however, it is very different. The government does their best to cover up or play down any negative news While I find that to be a huge disservice most Chinese will just shrug their shoulders and just go on about their day, considering it just a part of life.
After talking with both my Ayi and Eric, I've decided to continue to buy chicken from Carrefour, a large French chain in Shanghai, and for the time to pass on the pork.
On a lighter note, my little girl lost her first tooth! She told us about her loose tooth a couple of weeks ago and has been diligently working it loose. This weekend she could wiggle it so much that it would actually lay horizontal. With a bit of coaxing I managed to convince her that letting me pull it out would not only hurt, but was a good idea. So, with a tissue and a little tug, her first tooth came out. She was super excited to put it under her pillow so the tooth fairy could come and take it. Unfortunately, her tooth pillow won't get here until the end of the week so we made due with a tissue. But, when the tooth fairy went to remove the tissue the tooth fell out, which made for a tense moment until the errant tooth was found. Can't have a visit from the tooth fairy and leave the tooth! For her first tooth she got 20RMB, or about $3. We explained that her first tooth was special so she got a bit more than usual and that her other teeth would only get her 10RMB.