You’re not going to like this, not one bit.
Although the news came out more than a year ago, the USDA now allows domestic chickens to be sent to China for processing before being shipped back to the states for human consumption. via EcoWatch
As disturbing as this may sound, this practice isn’t just limited to poultry. In fact, the same thing is happening with your salmon.
What’s scary is that the Chinese food industry has been consistently blamed for its falling standards.
An increasing number of people are beginning to avoid foods imported from China, and there are legitimate reasons for that.
The country has built a dubious reputation over the past few years by producing excessively toxic foods. Have a look for yourself.
1. Cement Walnuts
How would you feel if you had purchased and carried a bag of walnuts all the way home, only to find that their shells were empty? Now, how would you feel if these shells were filled with something else?
That’s exactly what happened to a Chinese man a few years ago. While in Zhengzhou, the man had purchased walnuts from a street vendor.
When he arrived home, he realized that the shells had been filled with pieces of concrete.
The vendor had made sure that his scheme didn’t arouse any suspicion by wrapping each piece of concrete in newspaper to prevent them from making noise.
Since walnuts are typically sold by weight, the vendor managed to make a big profit off the whole thing. via News 163
2. Imitation Eggs
If you do some online search you can come across Chinese websites offering video tutorials on how to make and sell fake eggs and earn up to $70 per day by selling your products. They use the following compounds for making these so-called eggs : Alginic acid, Gelatin, Potassium alum, Artificial colors, Calcium chloride, Water.
Consuming these fake eggs may put you at risk of Alzheimer’s and memory loss (1). The trouble is, they’re not that easy to distinguish from the real thing. via Chinahush
3. Fake Green Peas
The authorities seized fake peas in Hunan almost a decade ago. The local media reported that even after boiling them, the peas remained hard. The water they had been boiled in had also turned green. The fake peas contained the following ingredients: Soy beans, Snow peas, Green dye, Sodium metabisulfite ( a preservative).
The metabisulfite is a known carcinogenic and that’s not all: there’s a lot of talk going around about the safety of consuming food dyes (2). Chinese authorities refuse to crackdown on these fake products until someone dies, but that doesn’t mean that these peas should be on anyone’s plate. via China
4. Pork-based Beef
If you are going to eat beef in a Chinese restaurant or getting some beef shipped from China, chances are you could be eating pork. The reason is simple – pork is much cheaper. Unfortunately, the pork undergoes a chemical treatment to alter its taste and appearance.
In fact, these restaurants will use a glazing agent and beef extract to marinate the pork for up to 2 hours. The chemicals are said to cause poisoning, deformity, and even cancer after prolonged use. via ChinaSmack
5. Fake Instant Baby Formula
According to the CBS News, almost 4 dozen people were caught in 2004 for making fake baby formula. The authorities came into action only after a child had died in Fuyang, China.
It wasn’t just one product: “In the continuing crackdown, authorities have banned 55 brands of cheap milk powder after they were found to contain only tiny fractions of the required amounts of protein and other nutrients.” Not only did this product cause malnutrition, but “Two twins were so swollen that their eyes were sunken and doctors were unable to draw blood from their limbs”.
6. Industrial Salt Instead of Table Salt
Industrial salt is made for use in industrial chemical reactions and not fit for human consumption. It’s also extremely cheap.
This salt contains alarming amounts of heavy minerals, which may cause problems in your immune system, reproductive system and thyroid glands. It’s also a carcinogen. via TheChinaPost
7. Fake Noodles
Another instance of fake foods comes from Zhongshan in China, where over 5.5 tons of fake sweet potato noodles were made and sold. The issue came to light in 2011 when people started reporting eating odd-tasting noodles.
These sweet potato noodles contained corn and paraffin wax, but that’s not all : Industrial dye and black ink – which can cause organ damage (3) – was used to give the noodles a purple color. via ChinaDaily
8. Muddy Pepper
9. Plastic Rice
The authorities in China have warned that 9 out of 10 million tons of Wuchang rice sold in China each year is fake. Studies showed that this so-called rice contained synthetic resin and potatoes. Similarly to fake peas, the plastic rice also remained hard when boiled.
10. Useless Ginseng
People all over Asia often use ginseng as a herbal tonic.
It has a 3,000-year old medicinal history in China alone.
China.org reports that because of the increase in prices of ginseng, sellers in the country have started boiling ginseng in sugar and water to boost their profits by increasing its weight.
According to the National Institute for Food & Drug Control’s medicinal expert, this method removes almost all the medicinal properties of ginseng.
It also increases sugar content by 70%, whereas normal ginseng, should only be around 20% sugar.