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.
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.
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.