Ethics: China's Tainted Milk Question 4

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Question 4: Governments throughout the world have been slow to react publicly to serious problems such as SARS, mad cow disease, and now melamine contamination. Who benefits and who loses because of these delays?

Benefits:
1. Government.

Government wants to attract tourist and outsider to come to their motherland for both purpose, to promote tourism and to promote investor to invest and set up business in their country. For tourism industry, they want to attract tourist as many as possible. For business purpose, they want to attract investors as many as possible. Government may try to keep the rumors or secrets especially about health issue because outsider who want to come to other countries will first look for that country’s health situation and political situation to ensure safety. Tourists most likely don’t want to go to country that has bad health issue and problem. By delaying or slowing down the spread of that health issue to public, it may reduce the public’s panic. Citizens of that country especially will react to it the most. When all people are panic, there will be a chaos situation. If government announces the rumors to public, all the citizens in China for sure will band and not buying that tainted milk product. This will affect local market and product. Maybe government has reason of not telling the rumors immediately to the public, perhaps they want a time to think for the solutions. Therefore, government benefits from delaying those rumors because it will help protecting their tourism industry and maintain good economic conditions.

2. Company which used melamine in their product.

The melamine was detected been used in milk powder, paint, paper, construction and textile industry. Because of melamine is durable when wet and retains color well, it is an excellent resource for the paper and textile industries. Its resistance to moisture and strength encourage the construction industry to use it in particle board, plywood and to...
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