A little different subject matter for today. I received an e-mail from a friend yesterday warning me about the safety of eating food produced in Asia (particularly China). Evidently there are a great many food products being imported into the United States from other countries under labels we would never suspect if not for the very small print on the package. Some of the products of concern are chicken, fish and fruit - with fish high on the list. I checked my freezer to look at a bag of Yellow Fin Tuna filets that I had purchased sometime back. I’ve eaten all but one and while looked they looked and tasted ok, I now have serious reservations about finishing the package.
The Ahi or yellowfin tuna I purchased at a nationally known food outlet. It was frozen and marked at an incredibly low price. I was amazed as I had just about given up purchasing Ahi in Hawaii as the price had skyrocketed over the past few years. How thrilled I was to find it so affordable in frozen packages. I should have known there was something wrong with that picture – and, sure enough, when I went to my freezer – in very small print – produced in China - Singapore to be exact.
According to the e-mail I received fish and other food products from many other countries (Asia and China in particular) are unregulated and often grown in filthy conditions including contamination with feces and, in some cases even being fed it. After reading an article from MSN money,(which I have posted below) I will never eat Tilapia again or any other farm raised fish for that matter – for me now, it’s “wild caught” or nothing.
This may not be “new” news for some of you, but, it certainly was for me. For those of you interested in reading more on this subject I’ve added some links below.
Discouraging news, I know. For it seems harder and harder these days to eat a healthy diet – as if GMO modified foods were not enough. And as someone who has always loved fish I was especially dismayed at this information. And, it’s not just fish but, chicken as well. With the change in policy regarding food imports we will soon have no idea where the chicken in our chicken nuggets is coming from nor the chicken soup we enjoy. This just isn’t right. So, what can we do?
1) Take the time to read labels. Reject anything that may have been produced in unsafe conditions. This way you are making known to your food retailer that you care about what you consume. It may cost more to purchase an alternative but, it is worth it – either that or do without – that’s my thought. Let’s put our retailers on notice that will no longer be caught in the net of deceptive food production practices.
2) Shop at your local farmers market.
3) Grow your own food, if possible. Even a few pots of tomatoes or herbs will at least give you a sense of taking control.
4) Last but not least – prayer for wisdom and guidance regarding feeding ourselves and our families. Surely, the Lord hates the despicable practices that are contributing to so many being sick and even dying. The Bible already has much to say on the subject of food and health practices. What do you think? Have you been applying it? Information, thoughts and ideas welcome for sharing.
Articles of interest:
From MSN Money – “Tilapia raised on feces hits US tables”
Disturbing news from NPR article regarding poultry production -
From USA today, “Imported Food Rarely Inspected” -
* I apologize for the lack of spacing in the article – having trouble with format again.
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Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy