5 Foods “Made In China” To Avoid

Many U.S. retailers, from phone companies to televisions, auto parts and more are being manufactured in China. While many are okay with this, did you know that some of your groceries are also “made in China?” While the standards for food consumption are drastically different than the United States, you may want to reconsider eating the following foods. Take a look…

1. Rice
China has been producing fake rice for at least four years, and it is still on the market. Singapore media reported that this “rice” is produced with potatoes, sweet potatoes and – believe it or not – poisonous plastic. It is shaped like regular rice grains but remains hard after cooking and can cause serious health issues.

The rice in question China’s Wuchang rice. The rice is very popular because the real Wuchang rice is famous for its smell, and it costs more for its quality (almost double the price), according to Blue Ocean Network (BON) TV report, a popular English Channel in China.

But many consumers still don’t know what they’re getting. Be sure to check the label to see if your rice was shipped or manufactured in China.

An undercover journalist has found out that in order to make the fake rice, a small amount of real Wuchang rice is mixed with plastic rice, sprayed with a fragrance to replicate the original rice smell, packaged and shipped to stores across China. It was reported that annually 800,000 tons of real Wuchang rice is produced, yet 10 million tons of “Wuchang” rice is sold – whether plastic or another type of rice; more than 9 million tons of it is fake.

2. Cod Fish
Cod is another type of fish that is fish farmed in China. This fish is not healthy and lives in its own waste. This type of fish tends to be sold in processed foods such as fish sticks or frozen dinners. Remember that the more food is processed, the further it is away from its God-given state. Avoid these highly processed cod fish in pre-packaged dishes. Currently, just over 50% of American Cod comes from China.

3. Chicken
Yes, chicken. In 2013 the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of Chinese chicken in America. Many food safety experts are concerned with the quality of this chicken as China is a country where avian influenza and food-borne illness are common. Beyond that, China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world and is polluted by not only that but mass production and industry. You can get around this by looking for labels on chickens and eggs that are locally-farmed in counties, farms and cities close to you.