Author: João da Silva

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The Chinese government is investigating allegations that fuel tankers have been used to transport cooking oil without proper cleaning between loads, potentially contaminating food products. This controversy has sparked concern among social media users about food safety standards. State-run Beijing News reported that tankers used for fuel were found carrying cooking oil and syrup without proper decontamination, considered an “open secret” in the industry. This latest scandal has further eroded public trust in the government’s ability to enforce food safety regulations. Chinese social media platforms have been abuzz with discussions about the incident, drawing parallels to the 2008 Sanlu milk…

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EU Raises Tariffs on Chinese Electric Vehicles The European Union has increased tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles to protect its motor industry. Tariffs range from 17.4% to 37.6%, adding to the existing 10% duty. This move could elevate the prices of electric vehicles in the EU, impacting consumers. The EU suspects “unfair subsidization” leading to lower prices for Chinese EVs. The tariffs affect Chinese brands, as well as Western firms operating in China. This move is expected to balance the market and reduce Chinese imports. In response, some Chinese firms plan to localize production in the EU to bypass tariffs.…

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Attention Australian McDonald’s breakfast fans! Due to an egg shortage caused by a bird flu outbreak, the fast food giant has temporarily shortened its breakfast hours by 90 minutes. Now, the full breakfast menu is only available until 10:30am instead of the usual midday. McDonald’s Australia is working closely with farmers and suppliers to manage the challenge, as several strains of bird flu have been detected in poultry facilities across southeast Australia. While authorities have the situation under control, some businesses are imposing limits on egg purchases. Consumers may notice empty shelves in the short-term, but supplies are being redirected…

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Recent reports suggest that the US government is considering a “sweetheart plea deal” for Boeing in the aftermath of two deadly crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The proposed deal includes a small fine, three years of probation, and independent safety audits, sparking outrage among the families of the 346 victims. Paul Cassell, a lawyer for the victims, revealed that the Justice Department may offer this lenient deal to Boeing, despite prosecutors recommending criminal charges against the company for violating a previous settlement. The crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019, respectively, were attributed to faulty flight…

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