China is an enormous country, and it’s rapidly growing.
This explosive growth has strained the country in many ways, namely food production. China has had a really hard time trying to feed their citizens, especially the poor and this has given rise to the production of fake food to compensate.
Historically, counterfeit goods from China has been limited to electronics and fashion accessories, but China has become a specialist at producing inedible fake foods these days.
Ironically, we celebrate Chinese food/restaurants here in America… I mean, who doesn’t love some Chinese takeout?
Here’s a hint, don’t eat chicken from China.
Other Foods From China to Avoid
1. Fake eggs. Yes, they look very much like the real thing. These are made very cheaply with gelatin, artificial food coloring, water, and a wax shell. The yolks are said to be bounceable when dropped.
(Wikipedia reports that in late October 2008, adulteration with melamine was discovered in eggs and possibly other food. The melamine was shown to be added to animal feed, despite a ban imposed in June 2007 following the scandal over pet food ingredients exported to the United States.)
2. Plastic rice. Some rice has been manufactured entirely from potatoes mixed with an industrial resin that could be deadly, says the report. “The fake rice is very hard to digest, and eating three bowls of it is said to be like eating a plastic bag. You can tell the faked rice from the real by burning a grain of it with a match and seeing whether or not you can smell burned plastic. Fake rice also dissolves in hot oil.”
3. Garlic. We get about 1/3 of our garlic from China. Recently, U.S. inspectors found tainted garlic from China. Also, you can usually taste the chemical residue on garlic from China if you pay close attention.
4. Fake beef. Because of the high market value placed on beef, some Chinese vendors have found a way to manufacture fake beef by altering pork to make it taste and look like beef. They are said to dip the pork in beef extract and glaze it, which takes well over an hour, but allows them to make a lot of money. Baba Mail says surprisingly, doctors say that this fake beef could cause deformity, poisoning, or cancer.
5. Fake mutton. To combat the high price of mutton, some food sellers have been serving chemically altered rats, minks, and fox as if they were mutton, says Baba-mail. In the space of one three-month period, police arrested 900 people for this nefarious scheme. They also seized 20,000 tons of this ‘meat.’ The level of E. coli found in the ratty meat was said to be seriously high.
6. Fake wine. As you know, wine is big business, but unknowing customers are not aware of fake wine they are buying. The fakers fill posh-looking empty wine bottles with cheap fruit juice and alcohol.
7. Fake honey. Some 70 percent of honey sold in Jinan Province, China, is fake, Baba Mail says. There are two types of honey – the adulterated honey that is a blend of honey with sugar, beetroot, or rice syrup. The second looks like honey but is made from alum, sugar, water and coloring. 1 kg of fake honey might be made for as little as $1.60 and sold for around $10.
8. Tilapia fish. Tilapia is commonly fish-farmed in China and 80% of the Tilapia we eat comes from China! These fish are some of the most toxic fish that you can possibly eat. The seafood farmers in China themselves won’t even eat this stuff.
9. Apple juice. Almost 50% of the apple juice that we buy comes from China and they are the largest pesticide producing country in the world. Fruit juice is too rich in sugar and is better mixed with vegetable juice for your blood sugar levels.
10. Walnuts. Believe it or not, they can be filled with cement. Markets in Zhengzhou City in China are selling walnuts filled with cement. The vendors empty the walnuts, sell the nuts separately for a high price, then fill the empty shell with paper covered cement and sealing it closed. The cement nuts are then sold too, allowing the vendors to make a profit.
TIP: Buy locally produced foods that are organic. This is your safest bet at quality food.
The video below shows more info on fake foods produced by China: