By Yip Lois
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Two months ago, a broadcast has shown workers at Shanghai Husi Food, a supplier to McDonald’s and many other fast food chains, preparing expired beef and chicken while packaging meat which had been picked up off the floor (Robert, 2014). After the deaths of six babies and illnesses of thousands due to tainted infant formula in 2008 (Reuters, 2014), the latest food scandal has raised public attention over food safety and social responsibility once again. The fast food giant involved – McDonald’s will be illustrated with possible solutions.
By Kang Eun Bi
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Child Obesity is a growing global health concern and junk food marketing to children has been widely criticised. The world food and beverage giants including McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola pledged to put voluntary restrictions on their promotional activities targeting children below 12. This pledge is intended to support the international marketing law standards and ethical business behaviours. Yet, some food campaigners claims that the measures may not have significant effect.
By Lam Yan
In recent years, the unmasking of Chinese adulterated food has drawn public attention towards the food safety problem in the country. This unsettled issue has become more serious since the late July of this year when there was a report of rotten meat production in a subsidiary of USA food production company OSI Group in Shanghai. The uncovering of the scandal triggered country-wide scrutinization of the spoiled meat. In Hong Kong, McDonald’s was found to have sold the problematic meat. To deal with the problem, the fast food chain announced the suspension of the sale of the related products. In addition, the Group announced a layoff of 340 factory workers in the Shanghai plant.
By Ma Xing
Due to the delay for the release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Mainland China, it had been a catastrophe for Hong Kong residents to pre-order the new devices. On September 19th, the first day of pre-order, all the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold out in no more than two hours. Obviously, apart from people’s enthusiasm for Apple products, there were a certain amount of scalpers among the ordinary customers waiting to make a killing by reselling them in Mainland China. The new products is so attractive that they can be sold at four times the original price of Hong Kong. The considerable profits motivated scalpers even Hong Kong students to smuggle the products across the border into Mainland China.
By Ng Ka Yee
Again, a tragedy caused by high-risk medical procedures in beauty industry.
Li Ka Ying Josephine, a 32 years old Latin dance instructor, died of anesthetic overdose during a 4 hours liposuction treatment on June 27, 2014 at the Regrowth Hair Transplant Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui B Siu (2014). It draws the attention on the risk of cosmetology in our society after 2012 DR Group tragedy.
By Cheung Kam Yi, Kammy
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About 300 annoyed cruise passengers refused to leave the ship on 6th February 2014, after a 6-day trip held by Miramar Travel. The ship was supposed to unload the passengers at Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, one of the top tourist attractions. Yet, it was not allowed to stop at the port due to sunken barge as reported so Miramar Travel cancelled the event. This disgruntled many passengers, which demanded compensation. The application of contract law to this issue is discussed in this post.
By CHAN Yat Hong, Victor
Back in 2010, along with the introduction of the iphone 4 in the Worldwide Developer Conference, Steve Jobs introduced the concept of Retina Display. According to Steve, with a display somewhere around 300 pixels per inch (ppi), the pixels will be so packed that a human eye will not be able to differentiate among the pixels at a typical viewing distance. In other words, the graphics will be projected perfectly onto our retina without any noticeable distortions due to pixelation. With a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, Steve Jobs claimed that iphone 4 is the first phone ever made that features a retina display. Later on, most of the products of apple were labeled “with retina display” to emphasize the quality of their screens.