Beware Of The Food You Purchase!

chinaI am very conscious of what I purchase at the grocery store and what I order in restaurants.  I always buy organic, non GMO, as local as possible, unprocessed whole foods…and I never compromise on that.  I realize that dining out can be challenging in this regard as we don’t know where the food on most menus comes from and it is definitely not organic unless specified….and that’s rare.  But I always choose the healthiest options available and if there aren’t any great options then I just order a large salad and if that doesn’t fill me up I have something healthy when we return home.

People who know me get that I am very aware of what I eat and what I feed my family.  Friends often send me articles about food and nutrition as they know I’m very interested in the topic.  The article I’m going to share with you today is one that came from a friend.  It’s a scary read but one I think you should take heed of.  The article pertains to the USA but we import a lot of different foods from the US and other countries.

THE ARTICLE STARTS HERE:

Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producing farm in the USA was sold in September to China with the unanimous support of its stockholders.  The hogs will be raised here, but slaughtered and packaged for sale there before being sent back here.  This includes labels of: Morrell, Eckrich, Krakus, Cudahy, Premium Hams, Cook’s and Gwaltney.

The same with many chickens.  They can now be shipped there, but when they come back all that needs to be labeled is that they were “RAISED IN THE USA”.  Not that they were processed in China!!!

Our great FDA at work again. The chickens will be all processed and most sold to fast food restaurants for sandwiches, as well as to schools and supermarkets.  The China slaughter and processing are not nearly equal to the requirements here.

*BAD FOOD*

We recently learned that Starkist Tuna is now owned by Korea,  and is in big conflict with the US concerning quality, safety and records, which Korea refuses to produce.  I’ve read several articles on Google about avoiding the fish that comes from China.

The author of this article goes on to say “I returned home from buying Albertson’s 4-day special of 4 bags of frozen tilapia for the price of one.  Sure enough, on top of the bags, it read “farm raised”, and on the bottom in small print it said “China”.

Recently a food inspector on TV said he had lived overseas and had seen the filthy conditions their foods are raised and processed in.  It is enough to make you gag.  Some foreign workers have to wear masks as they work in these places, because the food is so rotten and filthy, it makes them want to throw up. Many of their fish on FISH FARMS are fed raw sewage daily.  He said he has seen so much filth throughout their food growing and processing that he would NEVER eat any of it.  They raise this filth, put some food coloring and some flavorings on it, then they ship it to the USA and Canada for YOU to consume and feed to YOUR families.  They have no Food & Safety Inspectors.

Imported food we eat and the junk we buy:

– Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China and so are most of “Europe’s Best”.

– Arctic Gardens are OK and so is Birdseye

*Never buy grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or Canada.  The other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse than chicken poop).  China is the largest producer of garlic in the world; US is next.

*Buy only local honey* Much honey is shipped in huge containers from China and re-packed here.

IF THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN IS NOT CLEARLY MARKED, BEWARE!!!

Watch out for packages which state “prepared for”, “packed by” or “imported by”.  We don’t understand the lack of mandatory labelling, especially the produce.  The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store.

Go to the local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest of the year.

How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced in the U.S. or Canada?

FOR EXAMPLE THE “OUR FAMILY” BRAND OF MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN ‘FROM CHINA’.  So for a few more cents buy the “LIBERTY” brand, “GOLD” brand or “DOLE” – from California.

Beware, Costco sells canned peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come from China.

ALL “HIGH LINER” AND MOST OTHER FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS COME FROM CHINA OR INDONESIA.  THE PACKAGE MAY SAY “PACIFIC SALMON” ON THE FRONT, BUT LOOK FOR THE SMALL PRINT.  MOST OF THESE PRODUCTS COME FROM FISH FARMS IN THE ORIENT WHERE THERE ARE NO REGULATIONS ON WHAT IS FED TO THESE FISH.

* Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how Chinese feed the fish.  They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish pond and the fish feed on the chicken poop.

If you search the internet about what the Chinese feed their fish, you’ll be alarmed; eg: growth hormones, expired anti-biotics from humans.  Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries:  Vietnam, China or the Phillipines

Steinfeld’s Pickles are made in India – just as bad!

Another example is in canned mushrooms.  No-Name brands come from Indonesia.

Also check those little fruit cups.  They use to be made in Canada in the Niagara region until about 2 years ago.  They are now packaged in China.  Most sold in Aldi stores.

While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings it hands!  Yet 70% of North Americans believe that trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.

Why do we need the government to suspend trading privileges? SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF!

Look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says “Made in China” or “PRC” (and that now includes Hong Kong), choose another product, or none at all.  You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.

THINK ABOUT THIS

If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that’s a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor….fast!  The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.

Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports.  Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness are worth it.

SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.  LET’S SHOW THEM THAT WE ARE INTELLIGENT AND NOBODY CAN TAKE US FOR GRANTED.  START READING LABELS MORE CLOSELY AND BUY SOMETHING ELSE EVEN IF IT COST A FEW MORE CENTS.

THE ARTICLE ENDS HERE.

Now isn’t that a scary read.  I don’t buy anything from China, Korea or Indonesia.  In fact I find myself sticking to Canadian and US products 99% of the time now.  It’s just become second nature for me.

Will you make changes in the way you shop after reading this article?

 

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