China has a huge ongoing problem with fake food products. The latest one I’ve come across is this video showing an investigation of completely man made “fake eggs”.
This follows on from something I remember from my time in HK whereby duck eggs in China were doctored with a carcinogenic dye.
I’ve mentioned fake food/medicine/supplements from China in my past blog: China may well solve global warming.. Kinda including:
- baby food that looked and smelled ok, but had zero nutritional content. Result: 50 to 60 dead kids who starved to death while the poor parents tried in vain to feed them with milk powder that was pretty much sawdust. (See http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/10/health/main616432.shtml )
- Use of a carcinogenic red dye (called sudan red) in duck eggs because the redder the yolk, the more they can sell ‘em for (see http://french.hanban.edu.cn/english/health/189567.htm ) and also in sauce (http://www.china.org.cn/english/health/209080.htm)
- Fake medical supplies (see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/08/content_10625425.htm and http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/jul/05/china.internationalnews1 )
Food that’s “Made in China” is pretty scary
It really is a worry to be considering sending any food production toward China. The pollution in China is already ridiculous and getting worse. I wouldn’t trust anything coming out of there to not have lots of heavy metals and carcinogenic crap stuffed in it.
I’ve already given up trying to get smoked oysters (a guilty scoff-a-whole-tin pleasure of mine) because the only ones in the shops now come from China and I don’t fancy eating the “filters of the sea” from one of the most polluted places on Earth.