In the last decade China has become the leading world supplier not only of inexpensive tech gadgets, but also of many other products we use in everyday life. When it comes to food, Chinese cuisine is simply loved all over the world and there’s hardly a country that hasn’t at least several Chinese restaurants.
But, the huge demand of products generally puts a lot of pressure on production, which often results in low quality standards. It’s because of this that many countries worldwide have stopped importing Chinese goods.
As of lately, we’ve been hearing every now and then of toxic, fake and cheap products manufactured in China and sold throughout America online on sites like eBay, AliExpress, Amazon.com, etc. Other products are shipped directly from the country.
Below you’ll find 10 Chinese products that are known to be highly toxic because of the harmful ingredients used for their production. These products should be avoided at all costs:
- GREEN PEAS
According to 2005 reports published in a local daily newspaper, fake peas were found in Hunan region, China. Namely, these peas remained firm even after boiling, and they turned the water unnatural green. One of the manufacturers of this harmful food item was soon disclosed and shut down after producing this dangerous product for three years.
It was discovered that these fake peas were actually made of soybeans and snow peas and sodium metabisulfite and green color were used to give the peas green color. Just for the record, this color has been banned because it compromises many body functions including its ability to absorb calcium. It has also been linked to cancer.
As stated by Sang Liwei, a Beijing-based nutritionist, these toxic and fake green peas had been found in Guangdong and Hunan even before; however, the news didn’t attract much attention from the authorities. The thing is, Chinese officials only ban or label a food item as dangerous when at least one person dies from it. It’s no wonder why such cases, which only imply possible long-term health risks, are not regarded or handled accordingly.
- BABY FORMULA
In 2004 dangerous instant baby formula caused the death of many children in the Fu yang province, China, and 50 people have been held responsible for this, reports CBS News. The thing is this instant baby formula only had a few nutrients. It mainly contained chalk, which made the children develop a condition called a “big head disease”. This condition made the babies’ heads swell while the rest of their bodies slowly deteriorated.
- IMITATION EGGS
As unbelievable as it sounds, there have been instructional videos on several Chinese websites on how to produce and sell fake eggs in order to profit. In fact, these eggs comprise some very dangerous chemicals including Alginic Acid, Potassium Alum, Gelatin, Calcium Chloride, water and artificial color. The eggshells are made from Calcium Carbonate. The worst thing is that eating these eggs can lead to some serious health issues such as memory-loss and dementia.
- FAKE SWEET POTATO NOODLES
China made at least 5.5 tons of fake noodles, according to Chinese authorities who found a facility in Zhongshan city that produced fake sweet potato noodles. This followed numerous complains that sweet potato noodles had a strange taste. After Chinese official carried out an investigation into the matter, it was discovered that the noodles were made of corn and paraffin wax with an industrial ink used for the purple color. No wonder, this was disturbing news for all the consumers of “sweet potato noodles.”
- INDUSTRIAL SALT SOLD AS TABLE SALT
It’s universally known that industrial salt is inadequate for consumption. In fact, it’s normally labeled “unfit for human consumption.” The thing about industrial salt is that it’s considerably cheaper. To make more profit, at least 12 people have been charged with selling 788 tons of industrial salt as table salt for over 13 years. Consumption of industrial salt can lead to mental and physical complications, including hypothyroid problems and reproductive system disorders. It’s strongly recommended to check the salt origin the next time you go shopping.