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Post details: Killer banana gossip spreads in China

05/25/07

Killer banana gossip spreads in China

I couldn't make this stuff up, but apparently somebody did. Read on:

A rumour spread by text message has badly hit the price of bananas from China's Hainan island, state media say.

The messages claim the fruit contains viruses similar to Sars, the severe respiratory illness which has killed hundreds of people worldwide.

Producers in Hainan say the resulting price slump is costing them up to 20 million yuan ($US2.6m) a day.

China's Agriculture Ministry has dismissed the Sars claim as baseless. Police are investigating its source.

"It is utterly a rumour," a Chinese Health Ministry official was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

"There has not been a case in the world in which humans have contracted a plant virus, and there is not any scientific evidence."

Full BBC Article Here

Wow! China really didn't need this one, considering the very real concern over Chinese products in the western marketplace that is ongoing.

This just goes to show you the power of word to mouth or in this case text messaging of silly gossip that has had an actual impact on a product in this case quite negatively.

Cheers!
Sue
XOX

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