TOP 10 TOXIC FAKE FOOD ITEMS PRODUCED IN CHINA
China is internationally renowned for their fine cuisine and many dishes that burst with cultural heritage. However, its food industry has gained notoriety and has taken quite a beating from the public recently for its disturbing lack of standards.
For many years now, citizens of the world have been steering clear from foods imported from China, and it’s easy to understand why.
China has gained notoriety among consumers for their inventiveness in creating outrageously toxic synthetic food products that are seemingly no different from the original when compared with the naked eye.
Below is a list of 10 of the most unbelievable ‘counterfeit’ food products from China.
1. IMITATION EGGS
A notable number of Chinese websites have released detailed instructional videos that teach viewers on how to make profit by producing and selling fake eggs. The ingredients that are necessitated to make these eggs are easily obtainablebasic chemicals like “Alginic Acid, Potassium Alum, Gelatin, Calcium Chloride, water and artificial color.” The eggshells are made from Calcium Carbonate. Eating these eggs may cause memory-loss and dementia.
2. BABY FORMULA
Back in 2004, 47 people were accused and convicted for producing fake instant baby formula that led to the unfortunate death of dozens of children in Fuyang, China, reported CBS News. The formula that contained little to none nutrients was said to have been made out of chalk, which made children who consumed the milk powder develop a ‘big head disease,’ which made their heads swell and bloat, while causing the rest of their bodies to slowly deteriorate.
3. BEEF MADE OUT OF PORK
Because pork costs less than beef in China, some restaurants prepare and alter pork meat to look and taste like beef and serve it to patrons. They use a beef extract and a glazing agent to ‘marinate’ the meat for 90 minutes beforehand. Doctors have advised consumers to steer away from these ‘fake beef’ meat products as long-term consumption may lead to “slow poisoning, deformity, and even cancer.”
4. TILAPIA FISH
Tilapia is a widely known fish and happens to be the most commonly farmed fish in China. Unknown to many, Tilapia are among the most toxic and unhealthy fish that consumers will ever have served to them on their plate. Tilapia fishes eat just about anything and are comparable to a bottom-feeder fish. Even the water the fishes are farmed in is nothing more than a small pool of water filled with waste and fish excrement.
It is without doubt, one of the worst seafood purchases consumers can make. It is also a commonly known fact that fish-farmers in China won’t even let their family eat the fishes they farm- which tells you something. 40% of the world’s Tilapia supply comes from China.
5. FAKE GREEN PEAS
In 2005, fake peas were found in the Hunan province of China. According to a local newspaper, the peas remained rock-hard even after being boiled in high temperatures, and even turned the boiling water into an unnatural shade of green. The fake peas were reported by the daily to be a very profitable source of income for marketers.
The factory that produced these fake peas was in operation for about three years before authorities shut them down. The fake peas were created with snow peas and soy beans which were added with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (used as bleach and preservative). This dye is forbidden to use on produce because it may cause cancer, as well as obstruct the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
“Such toxic artificial green peas have been found in Hunan and Guangdong before, but it looks like the news didn’t catch enough attention from the officials,” said Sang Liwei, a Beijing-based food safety expert.
In China, officials only label a case a “food safety incident” when at least one person dies as the result of it, according to the source.
“In cases like this, where the danger only lies in possible long-term diseases caused by the misuse of additives, it’s not surprising to see lagged handlings,” said Sang Liwei.
6. APPLE JUICE
Believe it or not- approximately 30% of the apple juice sold in global markets originate from China. Unknown to many, China is the largest pesticide producer in the world, and they have yet to address the issue of pesticide and chemical residue on food products. Food experts and nutritionists recommend consumers to avoid drinking mass-produced apple juice.
7. MUD SOLD AS BLACK PEPPER
A market vendor in China’s Guangdong Province was reported for collecting mud and selling it off as black pepper, while his white pepper was made out of flour. His justification for selling the ‘counterfeit’ peppers was that “consuming them would not kill people.”
8. PLASTIC RICE
Unsurmounted amounts of ‘counterfeit’ rice have been seized in China in the past, and it is believed that much of it was produced from potatoes combined with a synthetic resin. Just like the peas, the rice stays hard after boiling and long-term consumption of the rice could cause cancer.
9. CHINESE GARLIC
US inspectors have revealed that tainted garlic was discovered to be sold in stores in China. Garlic from China is sprayed with chemicals excessively and makes the garlic leave a bad aftertaste, that of a chemical concoction. A significant percentile of garlic sold in global markets originates from China- making it an advisable to steer away from garlic imported from China.
10. FAKE SWEET POTATO NOODLES
A facility in Zhongshan city, China, was found to have made at least 5.5 tons of fake noodles. In 2011, consumers started complaining that what were supposed to be sweet potato noodles tasted strange. Further investigation led to a revelation that the noodles were composed of corn with an industrial ink used to give them a purple color, and paraffin wax.
It goes without saying that China’s notoriety was self-earned. However, it’s no reason to not visit the culturally rich country. China is one of the most heritage-filled and most beautiful places to visit in the world.
However, the same good praise can’t be said for their food- Yikes.