5 Imported Foods From China You Should Avoid
5 Imported Foods From China You Should Avoid

Chinese food scandals have made media headlines for years now. From deadly melamine in milk products  to harmful honey, China has long allowed toxic food products (and other dangerous exports) to leave its borders. Most American media and the U.S. government have not made enough effort to inform the public that food from China may be dangerous and is rarely inspected by the Food and Drug administration. FDA inspectors examine a mere 2.3 percent of all food imports. Thus, it is left up to consumers to safeguard their own health by making smart choices about what to put on the table.

Here are the top 5 products imported from China that you should watch out for.  

1) Tilapia

Tilapia is the current fish of favor. Whole Foods Markets are promoting Tilapia with an onsite chef and free tasting. TV commercials promoting Tilapia are frequent. Yet 80 percent of the current tilapia supply—382.2 million pounds per year—comes from China.

It is well known in China fish farmers won’t let their children eat the seafood they cultivate. There was a report in China a few years ago of a young girl living in a fish-farming village who started to get her period at age 7 because of the high levels of hormones used in fish cultivation. Farmers use strong antibiotics and growth hormones to keep fish alive in often overcrowded dirty conditions.

2) Cod
About  51 percent of cod on the U.S. market is from China, or about 70.7 million pounds per year. What is true for tilapia, is equally the case for cod farming.

3) Apple Juice

If you are buying a bargain apple juice that doesn’t taste very good, it might be a product that has traveled a long distance—all the way from China. About 50 percent of the apple juice sold in the United States originates in China—about 367 million gallons per year.

Pesticide residues that remain on fruits, vegetables, and processed foods when they enter the food supply have long been a problem. China is the world’s largest pesticide producer and has largely failed to address illegal or dangerous chemical residues on foods, a fact made evident by the nation’s generous maximum allowable residue levels.

4) Processed mushrooms

Try to steer clear of canned mushrooms; 34 percent of processed mushrooms are from China, or 62.9 million pounds per year.

5) Garlic

There are many ways garlic can enter into all kinds of processed food. About 31 percent of garlic, or 217.5 million pounds per year, is from China. You might see label “organic product,” but in reality, there’s no third party to checking and certifying “organic” products in China. To turn a profit, anyone can label a product as “organic.”

* The above information is based on the 2011 data presented on May 8, 2013 in testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hearing on the Threat of China’s Unsafe Consumables. Food imports from China have been increasing by about 7 percent each year.

If you wonder how dangerous these food products could be to your health, check out these reports on environmental pollution in China.

Understanding the Pollution Problem in China

According to the South China Morning Post, “As much as 70 percent of Chinese rivers and lakes are polluted from industrial facilities like chemical and textile plants.”  Recently, residents in Zhejiang, one of the less polluted provinces in China, offered 300,000 Yuan ($50,000) if government officials would dare to swim in the local waterway.

The U.S. embassy in Beijing releases air pollution reports each hour. Americans living in Beijing depend on that information to decide whether they’ll go out or not at that time.

There have been numerous reports on China’s horrific pollution of air, water, and soil. With that level of pollution, it is almost impossible to have safe food.

  • Minh Ng

    incredible, why the US and Canada don’t inspect the food from China?

    • Ben_Chasteen

      That is what I would like to know. I am sure it has to do with large stacks of cash going into someone’s hands.

      • HessenBalkan

        all about profits….

    • Cecelia Henderson

      They are too busy working for Monsanto to do what they are supposed to be doing.

    • Pratik Patel

      The US government can only test around 1% of the imported foods since the volume is just enormous…..of that 1%….65-70% gets rejected and guess what happens to that food….gets added to shipments going to other ports in US….wanna know more?????watch “Death by China”

  • Becky James

    I really struggled to watch all of this video, well done for making it and being so strong. I hope people see what is going on and we can help turn things around.

  • yumenyukuaile


    TRANSLATED: We [Chinese people] are also concerned about this issue of food safety.

  • Maureen Gamrecki

    This is horrendous.. what a corrupt regime has done to a beautiful country and people. We should not support , condone or turn a blind eye to this. This is not just hurting the people of China … we need to wake up !

  • freedombooster

    I hope the gov. of China takes pollution more seriously than the USA gov. does now. Our EPA solves pollution problems by increasing the threshold of toxicity.

    • Audrey Yarper

      They are the most polluted country in the world. They have no enforced regulations whatsoever. There are rivers and lakes that have turned totally red. Others have ignited on fire. some are so polluted that touching the water will result blistering rashes. Lawyers who have tried to fight the polluters have been imprisoned, because these people have the government in their pocket. The US has major improvements to make but we’ve got nothing on China as far as pollution goes.

  • bluesuede

    Our government used to be the watchdog for food safety, it no longer is. Look at the free path that GMO’s have been given by our own government. Do your own research. Watch what you eat and drink. It’s all about money, not people.

  • Barrysentials Wine

    Yeah… ease up on those regulations like Steve Jobs asked and the GOP asks, and America can look like this, too.

    • kidcat24

      Just sickening isn’t it? republicans would do this to the U.S.A. in a heartbeat.

      • Johnny Boy

        you do realize both sides would right. That Obama and Monsanto are best buds right. Research and stop being a party lemming.

      • debi

        Really! Gosh, so sick of the partisan bashing! I am a conservative republican and I would NEVER want our GREAT Country to get like this!!

    • Thom Clark

      Oh? Kind of like the Obama Administration Championing Monsanto?
      Drop the rhetoric, both parties are full of politicians. It’s not just one or the other.

  • invisigoth

    Buy Kirkland ground garlic. The only one I’ve ever found *not* imported from China. I check all of my food labels and if it says China on it, it goes back on the shelf. The same goes for other goods as well, but most importantly is the food

  • Jorge A. Meneses

    Food, clothing, plastics, metals, paint, fabric

  • Johnny Boy

    Get sick? It’s about what’s in the food that does damage in the long run. Did you even read the article?

  • Tony Maden

    I have been reading the Epoch Times article on and off for about a year. I like to read Asian news. I want to read/hear first-person accounts of Chinese people at all levels within the community. As I read today, I did watch the video, and I searched the internet for other news sources. Perhaps consider revising your article to share that there is some effort to maintain integrity of supply to export markets as this article demonstrates http://seatglobal.eu/2013/12/tilapia-farming-in-china/#.UsH6a2RDtxQ so your stories do not appear so one-sided. In your site “About us” section you state “Integrity and truthfulness in reporting, together with the stories that really matter, are cornerstones to The Epoch Times” and you say “We report news responsibly and truthfully”. To me at least, responsibility means considering other viewpoints too.

    • Guest

      Read their background and how and why this site started. I think they know what they are doing.

  • AskandTell

    Great information on the foods to avoid from China. Why in the world do we even allow these foods to be exported from China into the US? .Tilapia as it is touted in many stores and magazines as a healthy fish; it’s exported to the US as the Chinese won’t even eat it.

    • Mzimu

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ that’s what it is! That’s our government !

  • kidcat24

    Anyone can label a product as “organic”?

  • Legolas2112

    They mentioned tilapia and cod but not catfish or shrimp. Avoid these from Vietnam as well.

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