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Not Even Good Enough for Dog Food: Imported Food From China Loaded With Chemicals, Dyes, Pesticides and Fake Ingredients


Health & Wellness  (tags: food, China, contaminants, heavy metals, pesticides, PCBs, FDA, illness, health, dog food, diet )

Angelika
- 513 days ago - naturalnews.com
Do you really know what's in all the food you're eating that's imported from China? If you don't, you're actually in good company: The FDA only inspects 1% - 2% of all the food imported from China, so they don't know either



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Teresa W. (692)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:01 am
thank you
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:02 am
Do you really know what's in all the food you're eating that's imported from China? If you don't, you're actually in good company: The FDA only inspects 1% - 2% of all the food imported from China, so they don't know either. Even when they inspect a shipment, they rarely test it for heavy metals, pesticides, PCBs or other toxic contaminants.

Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute, added emphasis to this point as he testified this week in The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, saying, "We don't trust, for good reason, the Chinese to supply ingredients for our dog and cat food. Why should we trust Chinese exporters for the food that we are feeding our children and families?"

It's a good question. Especially when, as Kastel adds, Chinese food is being routinely found to contain "unapproved chemicals, dyes, pesticides and outright fraud (fake food)."

Heavily contaminated food from China
As Natural News has already reported, food from China is frequently found to contain alarming levels of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury) and other contaminants. Politically, China is a communist dictatorship where freedom of speech is completely outlawed. Environmental regulations are virtually never enforced. The culture is one of total deception where lying, cheating, stealing or committing fraud to get ahead is considered completely acceptable -- because that's how government is operated there. The moral decay of China is directly reflected in the alarming dishonesty of the food supply. (Yes, a country's food exports will reflect its cultural and political philosophies. Freedom produces healthy food. Oppression and communism produces deceptive, deadly food.)

And yet, even with all this being widely known, Chinese farms are rarely inspected by organic certifiers. "U.S. certifiers are unable to independently inspect farms and assure compliance to the USDA organic food and agriculture standards that are required for export to the U.S." explained Kastel in testimony. "These imports should not be allowed to reach our shore until and unless we have a system in place to assure consumers they are getting what they pay for. Just like U.S. grown organic commodities, the safety of these products must be rigorously overseen by independent inspectors."

Read Kastel's full testimony here. >> link in article

Counterfeit ingredients are the new norm in China

Also testifying at the hearing was Patty Lovera, the Assistant Director of Washington, D.C.-based Food & Water Watch. The news on food fraud out of China "is a steady stream of controversies ranging from adulteration with counterfeit ingredients like melamine in dairy products, to widespread outbreaks of animal diseases like avian flu, and high levels of pesticide residues," Lovera testified. "Just last week, news reports described a Chinese government campaign to break up a fake meat operation, leading to arrests of more than 900 people accused of passing off more than $1 million of rat meat as mutton."

See Natural News coverage of the fake rat meat scandal here. >> link in article

You are eating far more food from China than you think
Why does any of this matter? Because you're eating far more food from China than you probably think.

Not only do retailers like Whole Foods sell "certified organic" food grown in China, the vast majority of superfood powders sold in North America use raw materials purchased in bulk from China. Nutritional supplements, herbs and vitamins are often made using materials from China.

Not everything from China is bad, but in our own lab tests here at Natural News, we've been shocked to discover just how frequently products from China are contaminated with metals, chemical solvents and pesticide residues. We have rejected dozens of suppliers in our own search for clean ingredients to use in our product formulations, and we've even had to send back product that showed up at our warehouse and simply didn't meet our stringent quality control requirements. (True fact: We recently had to return several thousand pounds of goji berries to one supplier after discovering the product failed our quality control review.)

But here's the even scarier part in all this:

I am repeatedly told I'm the ONLY person asking these questions
When I talk to suppliers of raw materials, I am repeatedly told that I am the only person asking them for heavy metals tests, pesticide tests and product samples to send to our own lab.

This happens over and over again. From this, I have learned there is virtually NO due diligence being conducted by natural products retailers. Most retailers simply buy and sell, shipping boxes and moving product while turning a blind eye to the truth about what they are buying and selling. They literally do not care whether their products are contaminated with heavy metals. They just want to sell, sell, sell!

Even more shockingly -- and I seem to be the only journalist reporting this jaw-dropping fact -- there are currently NO LIMITS set by the USDA for contamination of certified organic foods. A product may be USDA organic and still contain deadly levels of mercury, arsenic or lead. The USDA does not test or even regulate heavy metals in foods via its organic certified program!

So you can be shopping at a famous natural products retailer and you might pick up a product carrying the USDA Certified Organic logo, thinking, "This is certified healthy and safe by the U.S. government." You are being lied to. That product could be grown in China in a field of mercury runoff from an industrial factory. It could contain ridiculously high levels of mercury, arsenic, PCBs and even chemical solvents. You could be eating pure death while paying a premium for it!

This is not an attack on the USDA, by the way. Their organic certification program is surprisingly good for the scope of what it attempts to accomplish. But understand that USDA organic certifies a process, not a result. At the farm level, it means foods are not intentionally grown with pesticides and herbicides, but it does not say anything whatsoever about heavy metals contamination of food production fields in China.

Massive organic food FRAUD

In truth, what's really happening right now on a global scale is a massive organic food fraud. Food is grown in China and certified organic even though no U.S. inspectors even visit the farms. That food is then imported into the U.S. and almost never inspected. It's packaged and sold at top dollar in natural foods retail stores, emblazoned with the USDA Organic label.

But nowhere along the way -- except in extremely rare cases -- is that food ever tested for heavy metals or other contaminants. This is why Mark Kastel correctly states this food can't even be trusted "for dog food," much less to feed yourself and your family.

Make no mistake about it: China is a nation full of immoral, unethical liars and deceivers. (Taiwan, on the other hand, is very different and has a much stronger moral code as well as basic human decency.) Remember: I speak Mandarin Chinese. I've lived in the Chinese culture. I've traveled throughout Asia and even given numerous public speeches to Chinese audiences. At the same time, I've investigated and written about food and food safety for more than a decade. Very few people are as qualified to tell you the truth about what's really in your food coming out of China, and I can tell you that I don't trust it.

In fact, the only way I will eat anything from China is if I subject it to extensive testing and verify that contamination levels are acceptably low. There are some great products out of China that are completely safe and healthy. Certain medicinal mushrooms, for example, are produced in China and are very clean. Some producers of goji berries are very honest and clean. There are no doubt organic growers who are producing very clean products in China, but these would be the exception, not the rule. By default, we must all now assume that anything from China is heavily contaminated.

Almost universally, food grown in North America is cleaner and less contaminated. This isn't true 100% of the time, but usually so.

Toxic Chinese agriculture puts honest U.S. farmers out of business
The sad part about all this is that food from China is economically displacing U.S. and Canadian farmers who are generally far more honest and ethical in their farming practices. So while U.S. farmers are being put out of business for following the rules set by the EPA, FDA and USDA, the Chinese farmers are selling us contaminated, toxic "organic" food frauds produced by breaking all the rules!

That's why I say grow local, buy local and eat local as much as possible. And until China cleans up its act on food contamination, do your best to avoid food from China. I don't trust it unless EVERY BATCH is comprehensively lab tested and those lab tests are made public.

Props to Cornucopia's Mark Kastel for having the courage to lay a lot of this out in congressional testimony. Rest assured Congress will never ask me to testify on food contamination because I would describe a truth so horrifying that people would stop eating for days...

P.S. The reason all your dogs and cats are dying from diabetes and cancer these days is because you're giving them highly toxic pet treats imported from China. They are loaded with toxic solvents and industrial chemicals that cause permanent liver and kidney damage, among other devastating side effects. You can find these toxic, colorful pet treats sold at all the major pet store retailers. They are selling you PET DEATH and making a tidy profit doing so.







 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:14 am
> The FDA ..inspects 1% - 2% of all the food imported ...
That much? Do they, really?
--
In 1972, the FDA conducted approximately 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted 9,164. -- FOOD., Inc. (2008)
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:21 am
>> China is a communist ...
BS. Althoug often called-so, China is "communist" about as much as the capitalFascistic ChicagoBoys are "liberal" or the Pope is living according to the sermon of the mount
> ...Environmental regulations are virtually never enforced. The culture is one of total deception where lying, cheating, stealing or committing fraud to get ahead is considered completely acceptable -- because that's how government is operated there. The moral decay of China ...
Yep, China has been catching up with da U$A in many a ways


 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:21 am
> You are eating far more food from China than you think
I think, the writer should rather "speak/write for himself" than project unto ME, for one.
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:23 am
... don't get me wrong: OF COURSE, China is at the top of my BOYCOTT-list. So is USA.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:29 am
Frack, now you know he is addressing the wider general public ;) and is right in doing so,.exempting you, me and I assume many many others.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:01 am

I do not buy any processed food and I hope others are learning that to be safe one must either grow either own food or know exactly where it was grown and how it was grown. If we are what we eat, we need to consider carefully what we put on our plates. If Americans simply stop buying the crap from China, things would change. China would be forced to clean up their exports to meet US demand or give up the US markets.
 

Sue Matheson (72)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:11 am
thanks
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:19 am
China knows well about the growing poverty rate in the US and congressional idiots even wanting to stop funding SNAP so more and more people will not have much of a choice but to buy that crap I guess.
 

Janet D. (10)
Monday May 27, 2013, 1:22 pm
If only the government made it mandatory that ranchers, dairy and agricultural farmers were made to give a percentage of what we grow in America to the SNAP program rather than to have low income buy at the markets I think it would cost much less to feed our nation even if we as taxpayers had to fund our own farmers rather than appropriate money to SNAP to buy store bought foods.
 

Angelene B. (145)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:59 pm
yuck!
 

Mike M. (55)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:14 pm
So very true and the government and politico's will do anything about it. They will just continue the drama queen on TV and hope their wrinkle cream holds up
 

Gabriela Baldaia (95)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thank you very much !! It's good to be alert !
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:54 pm
I hope that also pet owners payed attention here! Think twice what you feed your dog and/or cat!
 

. (7)
Monday May 27, 2013, 6:12 pm
So when they list beef or chicken it's most likely dog, cat or rats! Probably rats, dogs and cats are their favorite food. I always check where my dog and cat food is made, too many animals have been poisoned from products from China. I knew they were bad and refuse to buy any food from China, but this is really disgusting!! Thanks for this Angelika!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 6:40 pm
Interesting about the organic certification but I dont think its right to brand a whole country as ~ "China is a nation full of immoral, unethical liars and deceivers". We do though all need to investigate our food and pets food choices thoroughly. Thanks.
 

Laurie H. (718)
Monday May 27, 2013, 8:12 pm
We need to be proactive about the food we consume.I am just as careful about what I feed my fur baby,as well. Thanks Angelika!!!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1662)
Monday May 27, 2013, 10:07 pm
Jesus help us all! Thnx Angie!
 

Kim O. (398)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:12 pm
Great post Angelika!! Made my hair stand on end. Yikes to say the least.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 3:11 am
yuck
 

Patricia H. (468)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 3:20 am
noted
 

Jo S. (498)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 9:52 am
OMG, Thank goodness I don't buy anything imported from China to my knowledge. You have to be very careful. Read everything and still you can't be sure.
Thanks, Angie.
Noted & shared.
 

Katie K. (70)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 12:53 pm
Angelika your posts are the best. But don't forget about the toys our fur babies chew and play with. Lord only knows what the molds are made of and then painted with. It seems to be a lose lose situation. Try finding a pet toy not made in china. Start by not buying from the dollar stores if you can, but most folks are strapped these days and I have a sneeking suspicion the china market knows this and thats why there toxic chems are used in this manner. Pitiful
 

Angelika R. (143)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 1:52 pm
Katie, always expect the worst and never trust anyone. ;-) I am sure there are websites online to handicraft self made pet toys.
 

Birgit W. (147)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 2:24 pm
Is there anything we still can buy without having to be afraid what is actually in that product?
 

monka blank (82)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 2:39 pm
Thanks for the post, I don't buy "made in China", and my pet food is best quality; it's recommended by vet's. It's not very cheap, but therefore I save the vet.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 3:28 pm
Birgit- I guess Chinese music will not harm anyone-I for one LOVE Chinese flutes! :-)
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 4:06 pm
Our government should ban all food from China that is intended for human or animal consumption.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 4:18 pm
I don't buy anything from China if I can help it. We must remember the people aren't responsible, but rather the government and the corporations. Our government is also responsible for allowing these goods into the country.
 

janet f. (28)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:24 pm
People need to be more proactive about knowing where their food is coming from. I read labels and ask. If I don't get an answer I'm satisfied with, I don't buy it.

I also refuse to buy pots, pans, plates or utensils from china...basically anything that touches my food. I pay more for things made in Europe or the USA, but that's OK. The chinese don't care if they produce food or household items that are full of poison. And we shouldn't be importing that crap.
 

Jean C. (18)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:35 pm
Angelika - Thanks so much for the story and bringing it to the attention of so many!
 

Jean C. (18)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:52 pm
Angelika - pictured is one of my most precious cats that died at the young age of 10 years old. He died of kidney failure. I fed him very expensive "human grade" food, but he always got his favorite treats twice per day. Such a gentle soul, he was a rescue from the local animal shelter at the age of four. My heart is still broken over his loss.

One thing I have also stopped is getting annual vaccinations for my remaining cats. I always did the "right thing" and got the annual shots. My cats never live that long, albeit they are all rescues from unknown origins. All of my friends and neighbors forgo yearly vaccinations and their cats live much longer. I had been duped for too long by the medical industry, but no longer. With all of the MSG, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and so on contained in human vaccinations, I'm sure they are in the pet vaccines as well. What a disgusting world we live in where corporations/people will do anything to make a buck, even at the suffering of the innocent.
 

june t. (66)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 11:27 pm
thanks for the article.
 

Julie W. (21)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 2:18 am
I used to like roaming around Chinese grocery stoes. Not any more!
 

Sandi C. (234)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 5:51 am
I don't trust them on anything.
 

Tim L. (86)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 6:18 am
A few years ago, a lot of our pets got sick and many died because of poisoned food from China. IAMS was one of the brands importing poison food from China. I stopped buying IAMS and sent them an e-mail expressing my concern. Their reply was pretty much that they didn't care if I stopped buying their product. I notice that IAMS is still going strong, thanks to the ignorance of the American consumer.
 

Tim L. (86)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 6:36 am
The first ingredient in everything produced in China is POISON! China, however, is not the only culprit: We buy tons and tons of food from Mexico and other places south of the border, and that food is just as dangerous as the crap that comes from China. There are all kinds of pesticides that are banned in the United States, but Monsanto and Dow and others continue to manufacture them and sell them to Mexico and other countries. These countries use these pesticides and then sell the contaminated food to the US. Why are countries like China and Mexico allowed to poison us? The answer is simple: It's all about greed and money.
 

Kerstin Strobl (355)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 7:18 am
Thank you Angelika
 

Susan Clay (0)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 7:23 am
Very good information. Wish the FDA would be more concerned about imported food.
 

Patricia W. (5)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 7:23 am
BUY NOTHING THAT IS MADE IN CHINA!!!
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 7:30 am
Susan-yes, a holy wish..Govt will say that's what we got the FDA for....and they'll say we're underfunded and understaffed... etc As Tim pointed out-GREED, mostly in corrupt Congress unwilling to block certain trade agreements.
 

Ruth S. (304)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 8:52 am
Boycott China!!
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 10:04 am
Noted & posted. I don't buy food products from China.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 12:45 pm
I donīt know why the US or any other country accepts food imported from China, everyone knows how they are, they suck!!! They have no respect for animals, or humans rights! Hate them! Just as japanese and koreans!
 
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