Netizen: List of Toxic Foods You Need to Know

Here is a list of 50 foods or products that have been tainted in varies of food safety incidents over recent years in China. Your practical watch list, translated by CDT from a blog repost (cross reference when viewing the photos with brief introductions below). This is a sampling of cases and is not comprehensive:

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Toxic rice noodles, made from stale rice with whitening chemicals. Stale rice itself contains carcinogens.

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Toxic pickled cabbage, made by stamping cabbage leaves in a tub with coloring chemicals, some carcinogens.

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Toxic steamed buns, made with either whitening or browning chemicals for people of different tastes/colors.

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Toxic bottled water, with the bottles made from recycled plastic materials, some imported trash.

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Toxic tea leaves, with chemical-intensive pesticides before picking and coloring compounds after with high concentrations of lead, and other heavy metals.

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Toxic canned foods, made with unripe fruits and whitening or coloring chemicals, some carcinogens.

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Toxic popcorn, made with excessive amounts of saccharin, a sweetener that causes neural and kidney damage, and sometimes cancer.

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Toxic stinky tofu, made with blackening chemicals or liquid made from rotten meat or flies to soak dried tofu.

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Toxic vinegar, made from mixing water with acetate or diluting vinegar acid with water or other liquids, causing concentrations of heavy metals.

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Used oil, collected from dirty oily liquids mixed in the sewage from hotels or restaurants.

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Toxic tofu, made from stale food materials and whitening chemicals that causes kidney or liver damage, sometimes cancer.

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Toxic bean sprouts, whose growth is expedited by chemicals that could cause cancer, liver or stomach damage.

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Toxic instant noodles, made from used oil collected from hotels or restaurants instead of high quality oil for frying the noodles.

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Toxic honeydew, made from stewing sugar, water and sulfur acid, or processing crops into jelly sugar liquids.

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Toxic dog meat, from dogs killed by baiting with rat poison, etc

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Toxic sunflower/watermelon seeds, pan fried by chemicals that give the seeds a polished look but with dangerous chemicals.

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Toxic hot pot, with appetizing sauce in the soup that at high temperatures produces carcinogenic compounds.

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Toxic seafood, inflated and whitened by chemicals that cause skin infections and could damage the digestive system.

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Toxic soy sauce, made from human hair, animal bones, blood clots and other chemicals, with concentration of carcinogens.

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Toxic leeks, washed by highly poisonous pesticides that cause headache, nausea and coma, etc.

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Toxic liquor, made from industrial ethanol with water and other liquids, could cause coma or even death.

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Toxic foam lunch boxes, made from used plastic materials and other banned chemicals.

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Toxic chili sauce, made by adding chemicals such as “Sudan red,” which tainted sauces at McDonald’s and KFC’s  in China a few years ago.

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Toxic thick rice noodles, processed with DDT and other poisonous chemicals to add more flavor.

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Toxic pot-roast, processed with industrial chemicals, whitening materials and other poisonous compounds.

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Toxic rice, reprocessed from stale rice, which itself contains carcinogens.

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Toxic dried fruits, processed with preservatives and other coloring chemicals that are poisonous.

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Toxic flour, made by adding whitening and other carcinogenic chemicals.

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Toxic noodles, made by adding whitening compounds and other poisonous materials that make the noodles more tender.

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Toxic fungi, processed with trashed fungus products and soaked with ink and other chemicals for drying and coloring.

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Toxic milk powder, with low concentrations of protein and other nutrients, worse than water for babies.

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Toxic preserved eggs, processed with a lot of chemicals that infiltrate into the eggs with heavy metals.

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Toxic eggs, processed with reddening chemicals that cause stomach damage and may also cause leukemia.

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Toxic meat, from animals that were injected with hormones or antibiotics to stimulate growth.

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Toxic dry toufu skin, mixed with chemical to make the color brighter and more attractive.

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Toxic Seaweed, added chemicals for color and softness.

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Toxic shredded meat, made from dead pigs and processed with bad bread crumbs.

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Toxic kabobs, made from goat organs or dead pig meat, cat etc.

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Toxic vegetables, largely containing pesticide residue.

Toxic potato chips, these starch-containing foods produce a possible carcinogen when heated at high temperatures.

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Toxic fish, whose growth is stimulated by adding chemicals that may contain contraceptive drugs or carcinogens.

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Toxic fruits, whose growth is stimulated by chemicals that may cause neural disruptions, cancer etc.

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Toxic sausages, made from the meat of sick pigs or other animals.

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Toxic duck blood, made from cheap pig blood or other animal blood with some chemicals during processing.

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Toxic salt, possibly made from a mom-and-pop shop that used industrial salt and some food-grade salt to mix and process.

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Toxic silver fungus, whitened by chemicals that have a strong effect on the eyes and the respiratory system.

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Toxic deep-fried dough sticks, colored by lead-rich chemicals that could cause damage to the brain.

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Toxic mustard turnips, processed with chemicals and whitening compounds that cause damage to the digestive system, liver and kidney.

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Toxic pig fat oil, made from burning the fat of dead pigs or ill pigs.

More Chinese media or netizens’ investigation on food safety issues are here.

September 29, 2008 9:07 AM
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