From pink slime to red dye 5, there have been a lot of food industry scandals over the years. Some companies in China, however, are taking things to a whole new level.
As recently as 2010, millions of pounds of rice noodles were being produced using rotten grain and potentially carcinogenic additives. They were being produced by around 50 factories near Dongguan.
As the demand for milk began to exceed the ability to store it and supplies, manufacturers started adding certain preservatives. This in turn led to the use of melamine, an additive that falsely increases protein levels and fools regulators, which led to thousands and thousands of cases of kidney problems in children under age 3.
In 2011, a woman purchased pork at the market. That night, after leaving some of the leftover meat on a kitchen table, she awoke in the night and wanted a glass of water. When she entered her kitchen, she noticed a blue light – coming from the pork. Experts attributed the glow to “phosphorescent bacteria” that had contaminated the meat.
This one is a bit more common. Due to the lower costs of producing fake eggs (as opposed to maintaining a chicken farm), companies in China produce them usually with a combination of gelatin, water and food coloring.
In China, walnut prices have risen exponentially over the years, with prices increasing to as much as ten times those of a decade ago. Fraudsters open the shells and remove the nut, replacing it with cement. They then reseal them with glue. This allows them to sell both the “meat” and the shells for double the profit.
During a recent campaign to clean up the meat industry, China’s Ministry of Public Security arrested more than 900 people and confiscated nearly 20,000 tons of illegal meat products that predominantly came from rats. It was mostly being sold as beef.
In 2011, media outlets reported that fake rice was being produced in the Shaanxi province. The “rice” was a combination of potatoes and plastic, with three bowls of the stuff being likened to a plastic bag.
Taking advantage of “inexperienced” Chinese consumers, wine companies have been producing fake European wines that are more fruit juice than vino. There have been several recent crackdowns on the trade.
Source: Daily Trends
Plastic rice… yum. Can’t wait to try me some of those fake noodles, too. Anyone up for a culinary trip to China?
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