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China’s industry has taken a lot of heat lately for the lack of standards, thus people avoid any food imports from there. China has been very inventive in creating toxic and fake products and food items. Most of them have not been sold in the US markets, but web sites like eBay and Amazon have been selling such products openly often shipped straight from the country. Here are some examples:

  • Imitation eggs – there are some Chinese websites that provide instructional videos on how to make $70 a day through producing and selling fake eggs. You would need alginic acid, potassium alum, calcium chloride, gelatin, artificial color, and water. Calcium carbonate will serve to make the eggshells. If you eat such eggs you can have issues with memory loss and dementia.
  • Fake green peas – there was fake peas found in Hunan province in China which were still hard after boiling, turning the water green. This fake product turned out to be very profitable and an illegal workshop has bene producing it for three years before it was investigated. They have been created with snow peas and soy beans on which green dye was added as well as sodium metabosulfate (used as a preservative and bleach). This dye is forbidden for usage as it can cause cancer and obstruct the ability of the body to absorb calcium. This product has been found in Hunan and Guangdong, but it did not catch enough attention from the officials. The officials in China label only a case of “food safety incident” when at least one person dies from it. In such cases, the danger lies in possible long-term disease caused by misuse of additive, thus it is not surprised to see lagged handlings.
  • Fake sweet potato noodles – there were more than 5.5 tons of fake noodles made in a facility in Zhongshan city in China. People in 2011 started complaining that the noodles tasted strange, thus upon further investigation, it was revealed that the noodles were made of corn with industrial ink which was used to provide purple color, and paraffin wax.
  • Plastic rice – there were great amounts of fake rice that got seized in China and it was thought to be produced from potatoes combined with a synthetic resin. I stayed hard after boiling. Its long-term consumption can cause cancer.
  • Mud sold as black pepper – there was local mud collected and sold as black pepper by a market vendor in China province named Guangdong. The white pepper, however, was made of white flour. The excuse of the seller was that it will not kill people. Fake foods in China are not investigated until someone dies, making us question how many more items are sold which are made of fake items and chemicals that deteriorate people’s health.
  • Walnut stuffed with cement – there was a man in 2012 who bought shelled walnuts in Zhengzhou city, China and discovered broken concrete pieces in them wrapped in paper to prevent it from making suspicious noise when the nut was shaken. The seller wanted to gain more profit by selling the fake nuts which were heavier than the real ones.
  • Industrial sold being sold as table salt – the industrial salt is not safe for human consumption, but is much cheaper. That is why 788 tons of it was sold by around 12 people for more for a period of 13 years as table salt. This one can cause mental and physical problems like reproductive system disorders and hypothyroid issues.
  • Baby formula – there were 47 people in 2004 accused for producing fake instant baby formula which caused many children die in Fuyang, China. It contained a very few nutrients and it was generally made of chalk, making the children develop a “big head disease”. This made their heads swell and the rest of their bodies deteriorate slowly.
  • Fake ginseng – this root is a popular medicinal plant which is used as a tonic in China, however, its prices increased rapidly, puching the retailers figure out a way to keep making profit. They boiled roots in sugar, that maked them much heavier and more profitable. An epert in Chinese medicine siat that this is problematic as the retailers rip off the customers, and also because boiling the root in sugar strips it form its medicinal values. According to the outcome of the tests, natural ginseng contains 20% sugar, while the fake one 70%. This will not help in improving people’s health.
  • Making beef out of pork – pork is cheaper in China, thus some restaurants sell it instead of beef by performing some chemistry on it. They use a beef extract and a glazing agent in order to “marinate” the meat for only 90 minutes. People were advised to stay away from fake products because if you consume this meat for a longer period of time it may cause slow poisoning, deformity, and cancer.
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