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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Where Thrive Foods Are Grown: Food Country of Origin

Where Thrive Foods Are Grown:  Food Country of Origin

Thrive Tomatoes

Have you ever noticed that many foods you buy in the traditional grocery store or even the not so traditional grocery store fail to tell you the food country of origin for the product?

Have you noticed that in some grocery brand store foods, even those that are labeled organic or non-GMO that they will have some third party organic certifying company, such as QAI, seal on the food but the food country of origin is missing?

Why is that important?  Well, even if a foreign farm is trying to use organic growing practices, what if their water supply is not the purest?  Look on youtube at multiple videos at the quality of water that fishing and agriculture farmers have access to in Southeast Asia.

Water and Air Pollution

Chinese Cancer Villages from Pollution

Comprehensive Report on How Extensive the Heavy Metals & Other Pollution Has Invaded Food Grown in China

 Cancer is now the no. 1 killer in China, and its growing at a rapid rate, with a good portion of those deaths attributed to pollution.


(I apologize for the Pearl Report news documentary being taken down by YouTube.  I suspect the Chinese government complained as this issue is one of their “state sensitive” issues.  The Pearl Report, equivalent to our NBC Dateline,  still has other videos on YouTube that are running.  I have uploaded this on my website.  If you have any difficulty running the video by it being hosted on my server, let me know so I can work on a fix.  This documentary is extremely important so you can see how seriously contaminated is the food from China.)

Inspect Me Not

Despite this alarming situation the U.S. Government inspects less than 2% of the food we import from China. This is despite that the Chinese people don’t trust their own food supply. (Add to this the fact that in general there is a quality control problem with Chinese imports, as more than 50% of the product recalls ordered by the Consumer Product Safety Division were manufactured in China.)

I encourage you to watch this short video about the holes within our system:


Did you notice that foreign Asian food processing facilities had workers smoking while working or dropped food on the floor, picked it up and put it back into the production line?  And those issues do not deal with the heavy metal toxins and chemicals foods are exposed to in China!

China is one of the major importers of food into the US!

Does that alarm you?  We’re blessed with much cleaner water supplies than most countries in the world.   We just can’t assume that everyone is as blessed as we are.

A food’s country of origin is something that one might want to factor in before one eats a food item.  I know I do.  I do not want to eat anything from China.  I also want to avoid as much as possible any food or fish from Southeast Asia.

What about you?  Does the food country of origin matter?

One thing I appreciate about Thrive Foods is that the company publishes the country of origin of its food line.  That way if I don’t like where they source the particular food item, I don’t have to buy the product.

None of Thrive’s Foods are imported from China.

Here is our most current Thrive Products Detail report.  This report discloses more information than required, such as Country of Origin.


How many other freeze dried food, long term food storage companies  or food producers and grocery stores give full disclosure as to the source of each of their ingredients?  Sure, their food items may be packaged or processed in the US, but are their food ingredients grown in the US?  Does a customer service representative just make the verbal representation or do they put the food country of origin in writingWhich do you prefer, verbal representations (which can lead to misunderstandings) or having the representations in writing?

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