Health Food Emporium Offers Solutions to the News About Contaminated or Adulterated Food Imports From China

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According to the New York Times, more and more public safety groups are investigating the dropping quality of foods that we import from China.

Concerns are growing about China's expanding role in the American food supply and its increasing implications on your food safety.

In an article published on May 30, 2013, the New York Times reported, “Food safety problems, like melamine deliberately put into pet foods and baby formula as well as unsafe levels of cadmium in rice, have plagued China. The latest episode involved fox, rat and mink meat that was doctored with gelatin, pigment and nitrates and sold as mutton.”

Apparently, many more of our foods come from China than many of us realize. Chinese imports include tilapia, artificial vanilla, honey, baby foods, fish sticks, mushrooms and frozen vegetables. The New York Times articles stated that, “China shipped 4.1 billion pounds of food to the United States last year, according to the Agriculture Department, including 80% of tilapia, 51% of cod, 49% of apple juice, 34% of processed mushrooms, 27% of garlic and 16% of frozen spinach consumed in the US in 2011.”

Dr Don Colbert reports, “Reports in recent years from domestic and foreign sources concerning serious violations of food safety in China have been continuous and alarming. In 2012 alone, China had thousands of dead pigs show up in a major river, endured deadly milk scandals and sold rat meat as mutton.“

So what can we do to protect ourselves?

According to Gail Bowman, owner of Health Food Emporium, we can:

"Be educated about foods. Most UPC bar codes do not accurately identify the country of origin because it only specifies the country where the code was registered, not origin of the food the code is on.

"Look for the 'Made in' label. Although we need to be aware that ingredients can come from a different country, while the finished product is made in the US.

"Buy from sources that you trust that are either produced locally, where you can go and ask questions, or that are managed by someone you know and trust. Ms Bowman states that one such source is Beyond Organic. I have personally inspected the ranch, and I have known Jordan Rubin for years. I can vouch for Jordan’s dedication and determination to use only organic, healthy ingredients that he can personally produce, or for which he can personally confirm the source.”

Another way to protect ourselves, according to Ms Bowman, is to look for Organic labels and ingredients. "Although Organic labeling is not perfect," says Ms Bowman. "Foods that carry an Organic Seal are at least 95 percent organic—not counting added water or salt and must not contain added sulfites. One good example of a supplement that carries the Organic Label is Garden of Life's Raw Protein. So, this product is at least 95% Organic."

Gail Bowman is the owner of Health Food Emporium, an online health food store that has been dedicated to providing whole food supplements and skin care products since 2003. Ms Bowman is also a Senior Vice President for Beyond Organic.

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