It is recently rumoured that radioactivity may be carried by winds from Japan to China. Also, someone on the Internet said that salt contained iodine which could offer protection against radiation.
Therefore, after the rumour regarding the prevention of cancer had circulated, there was a panic buying being sparked. For example, scrambling for salt against radiation, crowds of customers lined up in the stores of Macau where the salt supply was sold at more than 200 dollars a bag within two hours.
It is the same story in Guangdong, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and so forth. As a matter of fact, it all started with rumour on the Internet which misled people into thinking that consuming iodised salt will prevent cancer that may result from radiation in Japan. It is extremely foolish to believe that because it is completely unfounded scientifically and medically, isn’t it?
As the case stands, according to some professional doctors, too much iodine is bad for our health. As a result, eating too much salt can increase potential risk of heart disease, nephropathy and so on.
All in all, in fact, the government has the responsibility to strengthen the control of the food importing from other countries so as to ensure the safety of food instead of encouraging the general public to scramble for iodised salt. Otherwse, it will be easy to make society unstable.