Chicken nuggets anyone?

WATCH WHAT YOU BUY.

As with many booming industries, the fresh/slow/organic movement is drawing new converts everyday, both consumers and providers, but where there’s profit there’s always greed and potential danger.

Yet another depressing example are HIGHLINER FISH PRODUCTS.

You see, even though the box says ‘ product of Canada’ the fish are imported from China and ‘processed’ in Canada where the coating is added and then the food is packaged!

HIGHLINER fish are raised in pens using chemicals that are banned in Canada and the U.S. as cancer causing but legal in China.
(This was exposed on CBC TV’s Marketplace.)

    MORE ON IMPORT SAFETY

BUY YOUR FOOD AT WAL-MART?

Again, read read read labels and be sure to check the “country of origin” or call and ask the company if it’s not stated on the package (which is rare). Anything labeled China, Hong Kong Thailand, or Vietnam should be approached with some thought.

While it’s true that there are many Chinese and Asian companies doing legitimate business and following ethical business practices, the frightening truth is that due to sheer volume and lack of adequate personnel, it’s simply impossible to control and verify all of their exports. Unfortunately, China has come up time and again for it’s lack of safety and controls on many export items, including children’s toys, jewelry and food.
If you think that all imports are processed in a sanitary manner and thus safe to eat, then take a look at this!!

REMEMBER WAL-MART is one of the LARGEST BUYERS OF CHINESE PRODUCTS.
These undercover enclosed pictures speak a thousand words…

Early dawn, this worker starts the day by riding around to collect dead chickens.


Asking around for dead chickens.



A total of 5 riders are hired by this “company” to ride to farms
to buy dead chickens.



A dead chicken cost 1 RMB and would be sold at 9 RMB after processing.



Storage for the dead chickens in the court yard.



Carcasses are thrown everywhere.


And on the floor….



Four employees start de-feathering the dead fowl
after soaking in boiling water from a rusty wok.

Enduring the pungent odor, sometime it gets so terrible
that even the most experienced of the workers puke.

Workers rushing to get the chickens de-feathered.


A discarded bath tub being used to soak the plucked dead chickens….
the contaminated water accelerates the decomposition process.


Wearing slippers walking among the chickens during the coloring process.

After the color is added, its creepy to find that they are actually quite atractive.

And now presenting the mouth watering Charcoal Roasted Chicken!

Again, Take the time to read your food labels and look or ask for the country of origin!

NOTE ADDED ON 9/9/08

WHILE THESE PARTICULAR CHICKENS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN EXPORTED, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW FOR SURE.

YOUR BEST BET IS TO CHECK EACH COUNTRY’S “TRACK RECORD” AND ASSUME THAT FOR EACH TIME THEY GET CAUGHT ON HEALTH OR SAFETY ISSUES, THEY DON’T GET CAUGHT AT LEAST 10 TIMES.

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3 responses to “Chicken nuggets anyone?

  1. I am speechless…
    I already was thankful for my farm-fresh pastured chickens!
    What about restaurants, where uou can’t check the country of origin for your food? Does any chain release where they get food?

  2. What the Hell can i Eat?

    Well, you do need to do some digging. At restaurants most good ones will at least tell you the country or state of origin (if not the actual company they do business with). Regarding large chains, I think you may have to call corporate headquarters for that type of info and even then, how reliable it is, if they give it to you, varies…

  3. Hello,
    Bring your own food if you are going for holiday in Asia.
    Cheap Chicken can be exported and sell overseas.!!

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