Food Imported From China: Are a Few Pennies of Savings Worth the Risk?

Food Imported From China:  Are a Few Pennies of Savings Worth the Risk?

I am posting a series of articles that Mike Adams and Natural News has done on food and other associated health products that we import from China.

Mike is right about the lack of inspections by the FDA on imported food.  My own research shows that imported foods may at best have a 2% chance of being inspected.  Businesses that import foods cannot rely the FDA to assure them that imported foods are safe.

As someone who teaches Business Law to MBA students, companies who import from China do not really appreciate the higher risk of liability that comes from importing Chinese goods.

In a products liability action, even if the reseller exercised some “due diligence” by doing quality control testing on goods imported from China, should the consumer purchaser be injured it will be the reseller and anyone in the supply chain that will be held liable.  The law, jury and judges do not care that the culprit is an ocean away from the courtroom.  And let’s see how successful a U.S. company will be in getting the Chinese manufacturer to reimburse them for their settlements and jury awards to US consumers, much less their court costs and expensive attorneys fees.

Is saving a few pennies or even dollars per item worth that risk?

Think about it–No Name Attorney

Not Even Good Enough for Dog Food:  Imported Food From China Loaded With Chemicals, Dyes, Pesticides and Fake Ingredients

By Mike Adams

May 10, 2013

(NaturalNews) Do you really know what’s in all the food you’re eating that’s  imported from China? If you don’t, you’re actually in good company: The FDA only  inspects 1% – 2% of all the food imported from China, so they don’t know either.  Even when they inspect a shipment, they rarely test it for heavy metals,  pesticides, PCBs or other toxic contaminants.

Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm  Policy Analyst at The  Cornucopia Institute, added emphasis to this point as he testified this week  in The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and  Emerging Threats, saying, “We don’t trust, for good reason, the Chinese to  supply ingredients for our dog and cat food. Why should we trust Chinese  exporters for the food that we are feeding our children and  families?”

It’s a good question. Especially when, as Kastel adds, Chinese  food is being routinely found to contain “unapproved chemicals, dyes, pesticides  and outright fraud (fake food).”

Heavily contaminated food from China

As Natural  News has already reported, food from China is frequently found to contain  alarming levels of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury) and other  contaminants. Politically, China is a communist dictatorship where freedom of  speech is completely outlawed. Environmental regulations are virtually never  enforced. The culture is one of total deception where lying, cheating, stealing  or committing fraud to get ahead is considered completely acceptable — because  that’s how government is operated there. The moral decay of China  is directly reflected in the alarming dishonesty of the food supply. (Yes, a  country’s food exports will reflect its cultural and political philosophies.  Freedom produces healthy food. Oppression and communism produces deceptive,  deadly food.)

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Natural” or “All Natural” Misleading Food Labels

Natural” or “All Natural” Misleading Food Labels

The Problem:

When you see the word “Natural” or “All Natural” on any food labels a red flag should be raised in your mind.  The ingredients of any product using “Natural” or “All Natural” should be closely examined

Why are “Natural” or “All Natural” Misleading Food Labels?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no standards or definitions as to what is a “natural” food.  (Compare that to the detailed standards of what is an “organic” food and you’ll see it is the difference between night and day.)

With the lack of any standards, companies just come up with their own definition that fits their marketing plans.  Moreover, the terms “natural” and “all natural” are used on food labels to confuse the consumer into thinking that the food is organic.  Reality is that “natural” foods are far from organic standards, courtesy of the agricultural bio tech companies (i.e., Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences) and the food processing industry.

As the Cornucopia Institute (2011) stated:

…[T]he farms and processing plants that produce ingredients for “natural” foods are not prohibited by law from using dangerous pesticides, genetically engineered crops, fumigants, solvents and toxic processing aids.  These agricultural and manufacturing inputs are not required by law to be listed on ingredient labels.

Misrepresentation, Deceptive “Cancer” Within the Food Processing Industry

The Cornucopia Institute sent several “all natural” and “natural” labeled cereals to an independent research facility for analysis to see whether the claims were accurate.  The results were shocking.  Kashi “Go Lean” found 100% GMO soy in the cereal.  Kix Cereal, advertised as “All Natural Corn” had 56% of its corn content GMO corn.  Barbara’s Puffins cereal, touting a label “All natural since 1971” migrated from being organic to primarily genetically engineered.  There were similar findings for other “all natural” and “natural” cereals and granolas. (Click here for report by Rodale, “11 Natural Cereals That Aren’t”)

Even Monsanto, the company that is at the forefront of genetically modifying the food supply, defines on its corporate website “Gentically Modified Organisms (GMO):

Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.  In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism.

So do you think these industry food labeling practices amount to misrepresentation, fraud, products liability or unfair and deceptive trade practices?

Some consumers think so and have started suing companies in class action suits.  Frito-Lay (owned by PepsiCo) was sued for misrepresentation, unfair trade and products liability regarding most of their food products. Similar lawsuits have been filed regarding misleading “all natural”  food label claims against Kraft, Kellogg and ConAgra.

I do not blame these consumers.  Since government fails to address these abuses, then maybe more class action lawsuits need to be filed against these companiesIf they are going to use the term “natural” on their food labels then it should convey that the food product is free of “unnatural” ingredients, such as GMOs and pesticide residues.  Additionally the Cornucopia Institute noted these so called “natural” products “are not protected from toxic fumigants used on crops in storage, and toxic solvents used during processing.”

Fight Back & Improve Your Health

Until the government becomes pro-consumer on this issue, you should:

1.        When buying processed food, if the ingredients do not use the term “organic” and has soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola, refined sugar, sugar beets, crookneck squash, papaya or zucchini, assume GMO seeds were used.

2.        Look for foods labeled organic, GMO free or non-GMOYou can’t assume and trust these days anymore that things are by their marketing presentation.  IT MUST BE ON THE FOOD LABEL OR ON CONTAINED IN A WRITTEN DOCUMENT (i.e. Thrive’s written allergen and product details report) OR IT IS NOT ORGANIC, GMO FREE OR NON-GMO.  This is the only means we have left to hold food manufacturers accountable for what you put inside your body.

3.        Buy meats in which the animal was not given the bovine growth hormone.

4.        Buy dairy products that are rBGH and rbst free.

5.        Stop patronizing food processing manufacturers that use GMOs, have pesticide residues or use fumigants, solvents or toxic processing aids.

 

Addendum to Post:

Since posting this page, Dr. Mercola, published his own analysis of the situation.  You should read it.  It confirms everything I wrote and more.

My questions to you:

   Do you desire to be healthy or want to keep you and your family’s health?

   Do you want to spend less money on health care in the long run?

   Do you want the best quality of life?

  Why would you pay someone or some company your hard earned money for food that puts you at risk and potentially is damaging to your health?

These companies giving us all of these GMOs, putting neurotoxins or excitotoxins in their processed food (to improve their taste and get us “addicted” so they’ll have more sales) will not be there when we suffer with  all numerous serious health conditions and the aftermath.   They also will not be paying your medical bills or watching your savings erode (the financial struggles) trying to treat your illness.

No, they have already laughed their way to their bank.  If you try to sue them, they’ll claim:  (1) Caveat emptor (meaning “buyer beware”); and (2) You can’t prove that they were responsible since so many other food items you bought were contaminated.

The way to win is minimize your riskDon’t buy their food!  When you buy their food you’re subsidizing socially irresponsible conduct.  When you don’t buy their food, you let them accept their just fate.  If enough people did this, these companies will either change their ways or go out of business.

It is really simple.  We have the power.  It only takes a small percentage of people to vote with their dollars to get the job done.  We know the economy is challenged.  These companies are more vulnerable financially than you are.  If they lose a small percentage of business it means either selling their company, shutting it down or filing for bankruptcy protection.

We Vote on Our Health With Our Dollars!”™

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