Chinese Food Scandal

Chinese Food Scandal: Bogus Beef, Fake Rice, Imitation Eggs and Recycled Buns 

The lack of effective food safety laws in China has created a monster of terrible proportions.
It is one thing to replicate designer merchandise 
and rip off manufacturers, and quite another to dare to imitate Mother Nature and mess with the nutritious ingredients that comprise the staples of human diets.

The lack of effective food safety laws in China has created a monster of terrible proportions.
It is one thing to replicate designer merchandise 
and rip off manufacturers, and quite another to dare to imitate Mother Nature and mess with the nutritious ingredients that comprise the staples of human diets. 

Fake Walnuts 

Perpetrators remove the nut’s true meat, replacing it with a lump of concrete and gluing the shell shut. To further foster the “nut illusion,” much care is taken to wrap each cement lump in paper so as not to arouse suspicion.

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Honey Laundering 

Honey laundering concerns the creation of a counterfeit honey product that is falsely labeled and shipped through India, then on to the United States.
It is the result of blending sugar water, malt sweeteners, corn or rice syrup, jaggery (a type of unrefined sugar), barley malt sweetener or other additives with a bit of actual honey.

Fake Beef 

Making expensive beef out of cheaper chicken or pork and charging the highest price possible is its own form of despicable alchemy.

Unfortunately, it is fairly easy to do. It takes about 90 minutes to create by marinating a blend of high-grade beef extract and a glazing agent.
“Meat-masking additives” are dangerous. Continued use can cause slow poisoning of human organs, leading to deformities and possibly even some forms of cancer.

Fake Rice  

It would seem that there should be a special penalty for daring to imitate the mainstay of the Chinese culinary experience. Authorities in Singapore have stated that some companies are making imitation rice from plastic industrial resin and potatoes (both sweet and regular).
This fake product looks real in its raw state, but once it’s cooked it becomes hard and chewy. “Eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag,” stated one official from the Chinese Restaurant Association.

According to the Korean-language “Weekly Hong Kong” (which many Vietnam websites are referencing as well), Singapore media claim that fake rice is being distributed in the Chinese town of Taiyuan, in Shaanxi province. This “rice” is a mix of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. It is formed by mixing the potatoes and sweet potatoes into the shape of rice grains, then adding industrial synthetic resins. Since the rice does not behave like normal rice, it stays hard even after it has been cooked. Such synthetic resins can also be very harmful if consumed.

A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag. Due to the seriousness of the matter, he added that there would be an investigation of factories alleged to be producing the rice. Meanwhile, the low cost of the fake rice is allowing wholesalers to make large profits.

Fake Eggs

Man-made eggs are composed of chemicals, alginic acid, potassium, calcium chloride, gelatin, paraffin, artificial coloring and water, and are sold as if they were the real thing.
They are boiled in the urine of young boys and the eggshells are made from chalk.
Adding insult to injury, instructions for making these bogus eggs can be found on a variety of websites.
It is said that the imitations do resemble eggs, but not after cooking, at which point the yolks have been known to bounce.
Eating these disgusting imitations on a continued basis can lead to memory loss and dementia.
What’s next? Fake chickens?

Recycled Buns 

Repackaging stale buns would appear to be a new low in China’s food packaging standards.
Some grocery stores have been accused of sending buns that have expired back to their makers, the Shanghai Shenglu Food Company, where they are thrown into a vat with water, flour, an illegal yellow food coloring and artificial sweeteners. The buns are then repackaged and resold as new, fresh buns.
Some action has been taken against the company’s director, perhaps because the scandal was just too public and shameful for the government to bear.
The director lost his production license and the government has since removed 32,000 buns from store shelves.
China’s food safety policy is for the most part non-existent and in dire need of reform. Regulations are difficult to enforce due to the vast size of the country. In 2009, the government did recognize food safety issues as a national problem, which is always the first step to any recovery process.
The violations, however, are blatant, and they continue unabated.

Diseased Ducks 

China continues to struggle with food safety scandals. Huaying Agricultural, a prominent Chinese poultry company doing business as the “World’s Duck King”, terminated four employees suspected of selling diseased ducks.  Media reports indicate consumers were supplied with ducks that died from a disease instead of being supplied with healthy ducks that were slaughtered.  According to Agence France-Presse, employees of Huaying, based in the central province of Henan, sold the ducks to businessman Cui Jinping who processed them on the “black market” for resale as meat.

Tainted Pork with Clenbuterol and Ractopamine

According to a report back in 2011 in China’s state news agency, Xinhua, three senior officials in central China have been suspended, and 22 have been arrested in the Henan province on charges of adding the drugs clenbuterol and ractopamine to pig feed to produce leaner meat. Some of those arrested were pig farmers in Henan province, China’s main pig producing area. Arrests were also made at a slaughterhouse in Nanjing city, where the tainted meat was being butchered. China’s top meat processor, Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Company, was singled out as one of the chief companies suspected of selling the contaminated pork.  

Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator prescribed for human use outside of the U.S. It is popular with bodybuilders and athletes for its ability to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat. Clenbuterol can have significant adverse cardiovascular and neurological effects. Ractopamine is also used as a feed additive to promote lean meat in pigs. In the US, ractopamine is the active ingredient found in the feed additive Paylean, produced by Elanco Animal Health, previously owned by Eli Lilly. Paylean was approved by the FDA in 1999, and has also been approved in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Thailand. Most pork products sold in the US contains Paylean. Paylean is banned in China and Malaysia, however, as well as the European Union, and 150 other countries. 

& Animal Waste

 U.S. Imports Fish From China Raised on Human & Animal Waste

In a shocking development reported in Vancouver Sun in 2011, Michael Doyle, a microbiologist with the University of Georgia, made a stunning disclosure in a keynote address at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in New Orleans.

Doyle said food producers in China regularly use untreated human and animal waste for feeding farmed fish meant for eating and for fertilizing land to grow produce. “[Feces] is the primary nutrient for growing the tilapia [in China],” he said.

Doyle said companies importing food from overseas, and those with production operations there, should be held responsible for the quality of food making it to western markets.

China’s news media have reported sales of pork adulterated with the drug clenbuterol, which can cause heart palpitations; pork sold as beef after it was soaked in borax, a detergent additive; rice contaminated with cadmium, a heavy metal discharged by smelters; arsenic-laced soy sauce; popcorn and mushrooms treated with fluorescent bleach; bean sprouts tainted with an animal antibiotic; and wine diluted with sugared water and chemicals.

Even eggs, seemingly sacrosanct in their shells, have turned out not to be eggs at all but man-made concoctions of chemicals, gelatin and paraffin. Instructions can be purchased online, the Chinese media reported.

Scandals are proliferating, in part, because producers operate in a cutthroat environment in which illegal additives are everywhere and cost-effective. Manufacturers calculate correctly that the odds of profiting from unsafe practices far exceed the odds of getting caught, experts say. China’s explosive growth has spawned nearly half a million food producers, the authorities say, and four-fifths of them employ 10 or fewer workers, making oversight difficult.



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