China is one of the biggest agricultural producers on the planet right now. Thanks to the huge demand, the country is said to rely on questionable methods to fulfill it. The country allegedly uses pesticides on crops! You would do better than to drink apple juice from China since the harmful chemicals might be present in the beverage. A couple of popular brands sold in the United States have been revealed to contain high levels of arsenic! This most likely comes from all the pesticides used on the apples. Yikes.
Did you know that a lot of the ginseng in the United States comes from China? It is one of the biggest exports of the Asian country! Sadly, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe for consumption. When Greenpeace tested the root crops from China, they found traces of chemicals and pesticides in varying amounts! On top of that, it was not simply one chemical. The roots contained various substances that are known to be bad for the human body. It is hard to find ginseng that does not come from China. For this reason, you might want to think about cutting out of your diet altogether instead.
You should never run out of table salt in the pantry! However, you can probably do without it if it means avoiding those that come from China. In reality, the Asian country produces a lot of salt. Sadly, we can’t guarantee that the process used in the production is safe. You see, Chinese salt is often filled with metals and substances that we should never consume. It is also said that this happens because the country is selling industrial salt as table salt. As you can imagine, no one should eat that if they want to stay healthy! Make sure to double-check your favorite brand on your next trip to the grocery store.
There are a lot of watermelons that come from China, but you should be wary of them. Like apples, they tend to be covered in pesticides. The chemicals are used to make them grow more rapidly and improve the rate of production. Sadly, the pesticides contaminate the insides. If you eat watermelon from China, you are probably introducing those chemicals to your body. As a rule of thumb, you should be better off buying local watermelons. We are sure that you do not want your family to get sick, after all.
By now, you should have figured out that pesticides are a huge problem in Chinese agriculture. The country does not regulate their use, which is the reason farmers have no qualms about using them as much as they want. They do not hold back if it means making more money! Garlic is also affected by this problem since it is highly absorbent. If you eat garlic from China, you should keep in mind that you might be consuming a lot of harmful chemicals. We recommend that you avoid them for your own sake!
To be honest with you, it is a good idea to avoid buying meat from China. The manufacturing process is allegedly full of diseases and contaminants that can make any of us fall sick. Chinese meat shops prioritize quick production, so safety standards are not given as much importance. The meat supposedly comes in contact with disgusting stuff for this very reason. On top of that, the shops are said to mix a couple of things together to produce something that tastes and looks like beef. Do you really want to serve your friends and family paraffin wax and chemicals? It is simply not worth the risk, folks.
If you plan to make an Asian dish, it might sound right to buy rice noodles from China. You might want to think twice before you do that, however. They will probably add authenticity to the meal since they taste good. However, there are rice noodle factories that put sulfur dioxide in the product. The rumor goes that the chemical makes the noodles look “fresh.” Might we remind you that sulfur dioxide has been associated with cancer in the past? Your best bet is to buy it from a local store instead.
For some people, it is not too bad to consume something harmful every now and then. However, no one would willingly put their kid in harm’s way! You should always take a good look at the label when you buy baby formula. A couple of years ago, it came to light that certain Chinese manufacturers added melamine to baby formula to make it look like it has higher protein content. Mind you, this is generally used in plastics! When it is taken in high doses, melamine can make infants very sick. Uh-oh.
Baby formula might contain melamine, but the same goes for milk imported from China. When the chemical is consumed, it might wreak havoc on your kidneys. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people have suffered from severe illness after drinking that type of milk. You should opt for products made in different countries instead. We are sure that you do not want to poison the people that you love!
Like rice noodles, it feels like the obvious thing to do is to buy rice from China. After all, the Chinese have them with just about every single meal! We can see why you would think that, but this is not the case at all. There are Chinese rice factories that add a synthetic resin to the rice. You are not just getting plastic, but the chemicals tend to cause cancer as well. Keep yourself safe by buying it from a different source!
Like other Chinese seafood items, imported shrimp should be crossed out of your grocery list. A couple of years ago, the Institute of Environmental and Human Health food lab at Texas Tech University took a look at bags of shrimp from different stores across the United States. When the study came to an end, they found out that the samples all had chloramphenicol, carcinogen nitrofurazone, and enrofloxacin. The substances are found in illegal antibiotics in the country! Thanks to the conditions in the Asian country, the shrimp are exposed to them. The thought of it alone already has us shivering. Hard pass!
Do you eat a lot of tilapia at home? If this is the case, you might want to make sure that the fish does not come from China! They are typically kept in small tanks filled to the brim. The water typically has toxic chemicals and substances that should stay as far away from the human body as possible. Why should you stop buying tilapia from China? For one thing, they spent their entire lives submerged in water with chemicals that they could have absorbed. We can only guess what it would be like to eat them after that! No, thank you.
True, crop production does depend on the season. However, Chinese farmers do not want to lose their crops and go to various lengths to keep things up and running. When summer rolls in, cabbage turns wilted and then inedible. In an attempt to make these food items look good no matter the time of the year, farmers apply formalin solution to them. It might look good and be a veggie, but this does not mean that it is good for your health. The solution is used to keep it looking fresh, but it is not good for the body at all! It is a formaldehyde solution that is used as a disinfectant and can cause serious damage.
We are sad to report that canned peaches have made it to our list. The ones from China are not good for your health! It has to do with what is inside the treated fruits, as well as the cans that they are packed in. When Australian officials conducted a study, they found out that the cans are full of lead! There was twice the amount of it than was legal in each can. If you are curious, there are plenty of documentaries that show us the effects of lead poisoning. Among other things, it can cause kidney damage and reduced muscle coordination. No one wants that!
The same thing applies to canned tunas. Like canned peaches, this canned fish is bad for you thanks to the packaging that it comes in. However, there is another reason you should avoid eating canned tuna from China. Aside from the risk of lead poisoning, it also has a lot of other harmful substances typically found in fish from the region. Their fish farms are full of toxic chemicals and pollution, with the animals mostly feeding on animal waste. It is simply not the sort of thing that anyone wants to serve their family! The more you eat canned tuna, the more you threaten your health.
Sadly, this is also the chase for cod. You should know that these fish were raised under bad conditions in China. The animals are placed in small areas full of thousands of fish. It is already bad enough that the areas are crowded and dirty, but they are also teeming with garbage and sewage. Basically, cod was raised in toxic conditions. By eating it on a regular basis, you are letting all that toxicity inside your body! You should be thankful that we are here to give you the heads up about avoiding it.
It is not hard to find tainted mushrooms from China. This product also suffers from pesticide use issues, but they are also mislabeled to fetch a better price. Apparently, manufacturers tend to add the “organic” label to regular mushrooms to score higher prices. They are already full of harmful chemicals, but the manufacturers also apply a preservative to keep it looking fresh. Food inspectors occasionally find issues with the mushrooms coming out of China. Do you want our opinion? They are not worth the risk. If you can’t do without mushroom, you can at least get the product from a different store.
We are sure that you have heard all those rumors about how Chinese people eat weird stuff. Perhaps you even heard the rumor that they serve you something different than what you ordered. It is said that this is true for lamb. You are better off buying this meat from a different store! In 2013, cops arrested 900 Chinese locals trying to sell rats as lamb. They discovered 20,000 pounds of spoiled fake meat in the possession of the foreigners! How gross is that?
We have to say that not all of its oil is tainted. However, we are still considered by the lack of food safety laws that make it possible for certain manufacturers to make tainted products. In reality, oil sees a lot of this. There was a time when a huge Chinese food company took used oil from restaurants, filtered it, repackaged it, and sold it as new. If you are thinking of getting oil from China, do not forget that you might actually be using “cleaned” recycled oil instead of brand new. Honestly, we do not even want to know where the oil has been before that!
You might want to think twice before you grab some chicken from China. Why is that? Well, avian flu and the like are rather common in the East. Chickens in China typically do not undergo the same training and standards for our consumption. Since you do not know if it is safe or not, you should just avoid it.
It is not a secret that the Chinese drink and produce a lot of tea! You might think that you are safe when you only get tea from them, but this is not actually the case either. Resist the strong temptation to get cheap tea from China. After all, it could contain almost 30 toxic chemicals! The good news is that these toxic teas typically stay within the country. However, we would rather not take the risk if we could.
How much do you know about wine? There are a lot of places in the world that are better known for this product than others. For one thing, we all know about French and Chilean wines! But Chinese wines are a different matter altogether. For one thing, companies like to add dye, artificial flavor, and sugar to it.
People in China often eat more pork than any other time of meat. There is a very good reason for this – pork is nearly half the price of beef. Sadly, it is actually a bad idea to buy it. To fix this issue, Chinese companies add borax additives that help pork look more like beef. You do not want to endanger the people that you love, right?
Even though it has high sodium content, you probably use a lot of soy sauce. It is the best condiment to add to white rice. A little goes a long way when you are cooking up an Asian dish. Sadly, some soy sauce from China has a cancer-causing chemical called 4-Methylimidazole. This is a problem that affects more than a quarter of all the soy sauces imported from the Asian country. If you want to ensure that no one falls ill, you are probably better off getting a bottle that hails from China.
The truth is that we eat a lot of stuff that comes from China. Take eggs, for example. If you take a good look at it, you might find that they are not produced in local farms. You might be surprised when you hear that they instead come from across the Pacific: China. Their factories often add paraffin and calcium carbonate to the eggs. Yep, you might be poisoning yourself and the family without knowing it!
When it comes to veggies, you thought that you can’t go wrong with green peas! After all, they are high in antioxidants and fiber. Sadly, you have no way to know for sure that you are getting green peas. A lot of these products were made in a Chinese lab with the use of various products. You might think that you are munching on green peas, but it might just be a mixture of snow peas, preservatives, soybeans, and food bleaches. The thought of this is terrifying to us! It would be awful if you unwittingly gave this to your kids.
Bubble tea is very popular in many parts of the world. However, you should avoid drinks with tapioca pearls imported from China. In 2012, researchers from Germany found polychlorinated biphenyls in the pearls. These chemicals are dangerous in many ways. They are known to cause cancer, affect the nervous, reproductive, immune, and endocrine systems. After an investigation, a bubble tea shop owner disposed of the pearls: They were made in a chemical factory from old tires and leather shoe soles.
It is known that in China gels are used to add weight to shrimp and thus increase profitability. While some gels are harmless, other gels are chemically manufactured types and are used for printing and the furniture industry. They contain many heavy metals – including lead and mercury. Hardly anything you actually want to serve your own family, right?
According to the US Federal Statistical Office, around $ 150 million worth of shrimp were imported from China to the United States from January to October 2015. In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning for seafood imported from China, including shrimp.
Remnants of fox, rat, and mink were found in so-called ‘mutton’. The whole thing contains gelatin, carmine, and nitrate, mixed with additional spices and then sold as alleged mutton. A few years ago, nearly 1,000 people were arrested for “meat offenses” over a period of three months. More than 20 tons of spoiled meat were confiscated. So we can only recommend you to stay away from these kinds of meat.
The soy product is very popular, especially among the vegetarians above us. In 2012, food safety inspectors in Hunan Province found that some manufacturers used animal products, iron sulfate, and even human feces to speed up the fermentation process. Therefore it can potentially be harmful to the consumers. You are exposed to polluted water runoff from industrial and waste disposal facilities, air pollution, and foodborne diseases like avian flu.
In fact, $ 2.3 million worth of dasheen, a form of taro, was exported to the US in 2014, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Problems: A taro will turn slightly yellow or black within an hour after peeling, but some taros remain white for a long time in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang County. According to a report from Zhejiang Online, a news source in the area, some shopkeepers added dangerous amounts of sulfur dioxide to peeled taro and potatoes to lighten them and preserve them for long periods of time.
It is known that the United States imported 4.1 million pounds of frozen sweet corn from China in 2009, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The problem with it is that some vegetable producers in China add sodium cyclamate, an artificial sweetener that has been banned by the FDA, to their corn. With this food additive, no matter how long customers cook it, the corn keeps its bright yellow color and tastes especially sweet, a major Chinese news broadcaster stated in Jilin Province. If eaten in large quantities, it can damage the liver.
Chinese apple farmers were already wrapping sacks of white chemical powder around the apple on the tree so that it came into direct contact with pesticides. In the manufacturing industry, workers wear face masks and gloves to avoid contact with the hazardous chemicals. Only two out of ten apples on the local market come from a local production. 3600 tons of apples come from China every year.
In October 2012, frozen strawberries from China contaminated with the norovirus were the trigger for acute diarrhea from vomiting, from which over 10,000 people, mostly children, and adolescents, suffered in many cities in Germany. In the field of already processed strawberries, packed in kilo goods, China dominates the German market with a share of 97 percent. We definitely did not expect this. Did you?
In China, some producers use ammonia solutions to speed up the ripening of bananas. The green bananas are sprayed with ammonia solution and then wrapped in plastic wrap. Three days later, the bananas are ripe and yellow. However, this shortens the shelf life and the fruits rot from the inside. Therefore, it is definitely not recommended to eat bananas that come from China.
In Australia in 2014, the Institute for Consumer Protection found that Chinese canned peaches had twice the amount of lead allowed in food production. High levels of lead can damage the brain, digestion, and the reproductive system. Pregnant women and children should definitely avoid such contaminated fruits. If you want to stay on the safe side, you should definitely stay away from peaches that are coming from China.
Maybe you have heard of the famous Chinese black pepper. If anyone ever offers you to try it, you are better off not eating it. The Chinese laws are very lenient, as long as no one dies. This leads to many people selling mud and labels it as black pepper. Isn’t this crazy? Maybe no one will die from it, but it can still cause allergies and other dangerous infections. So be careful on your next visit to China.
Police were turned on two days after a customer allegedly found plastic rice and another Meerpet customer complained about the same complaints. The police then confiscated the rice in a shop in Meerpet and took samples. Meanwhile, rumors surfaced on social media that plastic rice was being wholesaled to various stores in Andhra Pradesh, which caused the panic. In the meantime, a committee has been set up to review the novel method of rice forgery.
Most of the food experts agree that there are serious problems with water in China. The water for the approximately 1.4 billion Chinese is already scarce. Now environmentalists are warning of water pollution in China. According to recent estimates, 60 to 80 percent of the groundwater is not potable. Not only soil but also waterways contain heavy metals, pesticide,s and industrial waste. The reason for this problem is that lakes and rivers are strongly polluted.
While in the US and the EU, organic food has to meet certain requirements, the rules in China look different. There are almost no government regulations about organic food production. Often times the farmers and inspectors work together when it comes to the misleading of the labeling in order to circumvent foreign custom inspections. This means that Chinese food that is labeled as “organic” is not nieces really organic. This is why it is really important to know where your food comes from!