Chinese cuisine is quite famous and many people love it! But unfortunately Chinese food industry is not, as it lacks standards.
People all over the world avoid consuming imports from China and there is a good reason for that.
For many years it is known that China is producing outrageously-toxic fake products and food items. Although it is not quite proven that these products are sold in USA, websites as eBay and some vendors on Amazon.com are selling items and foods imported from China.
The list below contains some of the most dangerous products which are shipped from China. After reading this, you will think twice about buying food online.
- Imitation Eggs
There are Chinese websites which contain instructional videos on how to earn $70 a day by producing and selling fake eggs. They contain chemicals as Gelatin, Calcium Chloride, Alginic Acid, Potassium Alum, artificial color and water. The eggshells are made of Calcium Carbonate. Consuming these eggs may cause dementia and memory loss.
- Walnuts stuffed with cement
When in 2012 one man bought shelled walnuts in Zhengzhou city, China, he found broken concrete inside the walnuts. In order not to make odd noise if the nut was shaken, the concrete was wrapped in paper. The seller was trying to earn more money by selling heavier walnuts.
- Making beef out of pork
As the pork is less expensive in China, some restaurants sell it instead of beef- and they also use various chemicals as beef extract and a glazing agent to “marinate” the meat in 90 minutes. Doctors warn people to stop consuming these unhealthy products as they can lead to slow poisoning, deformity and even cancer.
- Fake green peas
In 2005, fake peas were discovered in Hunan province, China. The peas were still hard after boiling and the water in which they were boiled turned green. The fake peas were produced for three years before the company was discovered. They were created with the help of snow peas and soy beans. They were also added with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (used as bleach and preservative).This dye is banned as it can cause cancer and it can prevent the body from absorbing 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,” stated Sang Liwei, a Beijing-based food safety expert.
In China, the officials claim that those are “food safety incidents” although at least one person dies because of the fake peas.
“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.
- Baby formula
In 2004, 47 people were discovered to produce fake instant baby formula which caused death of dozens of children in Fuyang, China, reported CBS News. The formula had small amount of nutrients and was mostly made of chalk. Because of this, the children developed a “big head disease,” their heads became swollen and their overall health was damaged as well.
- Industrial salt sold as table salt
Industrial salt shouldn’t be consumed by people. But it is much cheaper and that is the reason why 788 tons were sold as table salt. The industrial salt is thought to cause physical problems as reproductive system disorders and hypothyroid problems.
- Mud sold as black pepper
One seller in China’s Guangdong Province used to collect local mud and sold it as black pepper, and the white pepper on the other hand, was mainly made of flour. His excuse was that these fake products cannot harm people’s health.
- Fake Sweet Potato Noodles
Around 5.5 tons of fake noodles were made in a facility located in Zhongshan city, China. In 2011, people noticed that these noodles had strange taste. After the investigation, it was discovered that the noodles were made of corn and industrial ink which was used to make them purple. Paraffin wax was also used.
- Fake Ginseng
Ginseng root is a very popular medicinal plant. It is used in China for more than 3000 years. It is quite an expensive plant and that is why so many producers are trying to find a way to earn more money. So they boil the roots in sugar to make them heavier and more expensive.
Chinese medicine expert from the National Institute for Food and Drug Control Wei Feng claim that this is dangerous as with boiling, this root losses its nutrients. The tests have discovered that natural ginseng has 20% content of sugar and the fake one contains up to 70% sugar.
- Plastic Rice
It is believed that huge amounts of fake rise are produced in China. The rise is made of potatoes combined with a synthetic resin. The rice also stayed hard after boiling. It can cause cancer as well.