Most of us have tried to make an effort to be healthier. Whether that means cutting out junk food or soda, or buying organic. Grocery store trips may be taking a little longer these days, if you’re constantly checking nutrition labels while strolling up and down the aisles. When you see something labeled “organic,” you probably assume that you can trust it, right? You assume that it’s healthy, and that the ingredients are to be trusted. According to a new report, the word “organic,” may not be as safe as you think.
Contaminated Food From China
Natural Health 365 reported that several foods in China are so contaminated that citizens of China don’t even trust them. As one of the world’s least-regulated food production industries, China is now putting other countries at risk. The United States, along with other countries, often refuse food shipments from China due to additives and drug residue. Shipments are also often mislabeled or simply dirty. In order to keep their food industry afloat, China has responded by slapping an “organic” label on their products. The scary truth is that these products aren’t even close to being organic.
The environmental pollution in China is extraordinary. Industrial growth that is unregulated has polluted everything from the soil to the waterways. Water used for irrigation contains pollutants and inorganic substances, causing food to become extremely contaminated.
The report pointed out nine specific foods that are particularly vulnerable to being contaminated:
- Fish – Around 80% of tilapia and 50% of cod sold in the United States comes from fish farms in China.
- Chicken – Chicken produced in China is very susceptible to being plagued with illnesses.
- Mushrooms – Around 34% of processed mushrooms come from China.
- Rice – Some rice made in China has been found to be made of resin and potato.
- Apples and Apple Juice – The U.S. allows apples to be imported from China, but they may be contaminated.
- Garlic – Around 1/3 of all garlic in the United States comes from China.
- Salt – Some salt produced in China is sold in the U.S.
- Green peas – Some peas made in China are comprised of soy, green dye and other additives.
- Black pepper – A Chinese vendor was recently found attempting to sell mud flakes as pepper.
The Truth About Organic Labeling
Choosing to buy organic is an important step in taking control of your health and the health of your family. But “organic” foods from China aren’t the only concern. Labels on organic products vary greatly. “USDA Certified 100% Organic” means something different from “Certified Organic” or even “Made With Organic Ingredients.” Add in the other 19 third-party organic labels outside of the U.S. Department of Agriculture system and you have products full of claims they can’t back up.
Making a conscious effort to eat healthy is important. Doing your research about the foods you eat is just as important. If you truly want to make sure you’re getting organic produce and other foods, buy local. Stop at a farmer’s market near you or head to a local farm. Ask questions and make sure that what you’re getting is truly safe, healthy and organic.