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What Kind of Freaky Milk Do They Have in China?

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

No seriously...noticed something today and am trying to figure out if it's bad translation, or symptomatic of a REALLY big problem in China.

What am I talking about? Well, Elnora got one of those little grocery baskets filled with fake groceries for Christmas. You know, fruits, little boxes of cereal, ketchup bottles and so on. Well, one of the bottles is this little white bottle that's labeled "Chocolate Milk." I happened to look at it today when she was "sharing" all the food with me.

Take a look...

Notice anything strange? Read the text on that little fireburst up there toward the top. Yeah...that's it...the text that says "No Antiseptic."

Now what in the WORLD is that supposed to mean?

Does most milk in China have antiseptic in it and this is supposed to be a selling point? If so...egads.

What I'm guessing is that it's one of those infamous translation mistakes. It's probably SUPPOSED to say "No Antibiotics" which is a big selling point of organic milk here in the U.S. At least that's what I hope it means.

Hmm...now that I think about it, maybe I should send this image in to David Letterman... ;)


  1. Anonymous Anonymous | 9:41 AM |  

    That is so funny! You should send that into Letterman or Leno!

  2. Blogger Jennifer | 12:28 PM |  

    Ok...apparently this is NOT a bad translation. My sister-in-law emailed me today to say that she has a friend that was a missionary in China. She sent this along to her and the friend commented that most milk in China that includes English translation states that it has "no antiseptic."

    She linked to this site as an explanation.

    Basically it's about a "pure" milk sold on the mainland in China and in the description, it has the following text. "The Yili milk comes through 23 strict raw milk tests, and no antiseptic is added in the process."

    Best we can figure, this is sort of like the hormone or no hormone milk here. Milk there, by default, has antiseptic added to it in order to kill any bad bacteria or other micro-organisms in the milk. This is probably especially true if milk comes from places that are less than sanitary. So I'm guessing that "no antiseptic" might be a selling point because it would imply that the milk came from extremely clean processing facilities where there's not much concern of bad things getting into the milk.

    Weird, huh? Guess you learn something new every day.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous | 3:36 PM |  

    You mean they sell raw milk in China? Cool- we have a hard time getting it here in the States.

  4. Blogger Judy | 12:39 PM |  

    You should probably trust the missionary friend but they're scrambling to solve bad translations on signs before the Beijing Olympics in '08.

    Example: a "multicultural" park is labeled "racist park" in English. Sounds like fun.

  5. Anonymous VivM | 12:06 AM |  

    I suppose they mean "No preservatives" like benzoates / Bi sulphites.

    I suppose that after 10 years, Chinese dairies will have more market share worldwide than Nestle etc. No wonder Nestle, Arla have scrambled to China to set up their plants. They are just the world's largest producer and consumner of Milk !!

  6. Anonymous Anonymous | 2:57 PM |  

    That's kind of weird...
    I'm still wondering what it means, though.
    And could that be part of what keeps alot of Asians slim and vitaminless?
    No, really, though.
    -Adrian C.

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