The world would be a vastly different place had it not been for the influence of China. It is the civilization we have to thank for many of our most loved goods, from tea and silk to umbrellas, paper money and even the ubiquitous toothbrush. However, there’s a dark side to this influential nation. For years now, China’s biggest cities have made yearly appearances on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of the most polluted places on Earth. Food contamination is a common occurrence and the safety of the water supplies is often tenuous.
Goods from China are famous for being cheap due to the low manufacturing costs and high production rates of the country. While many Made-in-China items are of good quality and are safe to use, there are some that are downright dangerous. From meals that have more plastic in them than food to pesticides masquerading as apple juice, this quick and dirty list of China’s top 10 edible offenders is worth reading twice to make sure you know what to look out for.
1. Eating Tilapia is like drinking from a polluted river
An astonishing 80% of the Tilapia sold in the US comes from China. While it may seem like a cheap and healthy source of protein for your family, it’s important to note that Tilapia are bottom-feeders. They consume anything and everything they happen to suck up.
Since China has the dubious honour of topping out the WHO’s polluted cities list every year, consuming anything that’s been living in and feeding from their water supplies is pretty risky. The fish have been found to carry such a significant toxic load that some experts have suggested you’re better off taking your chances with the excess fat and sodium of bacon.