Chinese Killer Bananas

Back in 2000 an email rumor was going around here in the U.S. warning of bananas infected by a flesh-eating bacteria. The rumor read, in part, that:
Several shipments of bananas from Costa Rica have been infected with necrotizing fasciitis, otherwise known as flesh-eating bacteria... It is advised not to purchase bananas for the next three weeks.
Because of this rumor, the Centers for Disease Control had to issue a warning assuring everyone that no shipments of killer bananas had ever arrived from Costa Rica, or anywhere else in the world.

It now looks like a variant of the killer-banana rumor has popped up in China. The BBC reports that:
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.
The Chinese Health Ministry has issued a statement, assuring everyone that there is no truth to the banana rumor and noting that, "There has not been a case in the world in which humans have contracted a plant virus, and there is not any scientific evidence."

Food Urban Legends

Posted on Thu May 31, 2007


I can see the movie now - Evil Killer Bananas Eat Your Flesh!!!!
Posted by Nona  on  Thu May 31, 2007  at  06:34 AM
Is this the same China that keeps putting poison in the food/animal feed/toothpaste?

I can completely understand the Chinese people being worried and discounting the governmental assurances that their bananas are safe, especially in light of the recent death sentence handed down to the head of their State Food and Drug Administration.
Posted by Charybdis  on  Thu May 31, 2007  at  09:23 AM
I wonder if they can put that stuff in gasoline. I could use a break on the price per gallon!
Posted by OriginalSim  on  Thu May 31, 2007  at  12:20 PM
Chinese Health Ministry:
"There has not been a case in the world in which humans have contracted a plant virus, and there is not any scientific evidence."

Are we supposed to believe the country that gave us acupuncture and feng shui?
Posted by Captain Al  on  Thu May 31, 2007  at  02:05 PM
It's really annoying. They're right, but you have a hard time accepting that because they've been lying or covering up things for so long. Look how long it took them to even admit they had more than a 'handful' of SARS cases.

So even when they have the facts on their side you're automatically skeptical of them. It will be hard for them to every achieve a level where most people, even their own, give them the benefit of the doubt.
Posted by Charybdis  on  Thu May 31, 2007  at  03:36 PM
In a related note, the Chinese Communist Government issued a statement that Mao was expected to recover from his temporary indigestion soon.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Thu May 31, 2007  at  11:25 PM
Yea I remember this one its fake
Posted by Jerry  on  Wed May 21, 2008  at  09:24 PM
i want remove the virus
Posted by mohammed hossam  on  Thu Jul 30, 2009  at  08:49 AM
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