Monday, 19th November 2018
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When enough is enough

People should avoid food imports from China. (information published on internet)

by Edwin Gladstone

Many parts of China are actually known for their fine cuisine, but its food industry has taken a lot of heat lately for its troubling, outrageously toxic fake products and food items. China is the largest producing and consuming nation of corrupted, counterfeit, and contaminated food.

For years China has been creating outrageously fake and even toxic products and food items. While there seems no clear evidence as to where the vast majority of these products ends up, sites such as eBay and some vendors on Amazon.com have been seen selling food that sometimes openly, sometimes discreetly are being made and often shipped straight from the country.

It first became international news when in 2008, infants had died from drinking milk powder laced with melamine powder (a compound used in making plastic). Hundreds of children were affected and many had died of kidney failure.

Many foods made in China have now surfaced, that have very low safety and hygiene standards in the ways that they are irresponsibly manufactured, making them totally unsafe for human consumption. Some of these fake foods can directly cause liver and kidney damage, and even cancer.

You will find here below a few examples of illegal, counterfeit food products from China that may well surprise you.

IMITATION EGGS
Some Chinese websites supply instructional videos on how to make $70 a day by producing and selling fake eggs. The required chemicals are “Alginic Acid, Potassium Alum, Gelatin, Calcium Chloride, water and artificial colour.” The eggshells are made from Calcium Carbonate. Eating these eggs may cause memory loss and dementia.

WALNUTS STUFFED WITH CEMENT
In 2012, a man purchased shelled walnuts in Zhengzhou city, China only to find broken concrete pieces inside. The vendor who sold
the walnuts was trying to gain more profit by selling these fake nuts that were much heavier than the real thing.


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MAKING BEEF OUT OF PORK
Because pork is less expensive in China, some restaurants have sold it instead of beef – but not before they performed some chemistry on it. What they use are a beef extract and a glazing agent to “marinate” the meat in for 90 minutes. Doctors have advised people to stay away from this fake product as its long-term use may cause “slow poisoning, deformity, and even cancer.”

FAKE GREEN PEAS
Fake green peas were created from snow peas, soy beans, along with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that is used as the bleach and preservative). This dye is banned from use on food because it can cause cancer, as well as inhibit the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium. These fake green peas don’t soften when boiled and the water will turn an unnatural green colour.

FAKE WINE
Avoid buying wine from China! Wine is the number one fake food in China; it is reported at least 70% of wines produced in China are
fakes. People who don’t know much about wine are tricked into buying the expensivelooking labels of counterfeit wines that are made from cheap fruit juice.

INDUSTRIAL SALT SOLD AS TABLE SALT
This can cause mental and physical issues, such as hypothyroid problems and reproductive system disorders.

MUD SOLD AS BLACK PEPPER

PLASTIC RICE
Huge amounts of fake rice have been seized in China, and it is believed that much of it is produced from potatoes combined with a synthetic resin. Scam artists have been imitating a popular type of Chinese rice called “Wuchang.”

There is very little profit in selling real mutton. Dishonest Chinese food sellers are adding chemicals to meat from rats, minks, and foxes and selling them as mutton. The scheme was so popular and successful that the police arrested more than 900 people and seized about 20,000 tons of this meat, all within three months. It was reported that the levels of E.coli in the counterfeit product “seriously exceeded safety standards”.

It is difficult for the consumer to identify the origin of food when the labels as well as the products are fake. The EU has finally started some action by denouncing China to the World Health Organisation, but I believe the action required should be a lot stronger.

We have seen the story about honey; as much as we can try to avoid ingesting such poisons, the most effective way to protect Western Countries being exploited in this way would be to stop all food imports from China with “Zero Tolerance" and imposing heavy penalty for transgressors.



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