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Asian and U.S. Consumers Worry About Chinese Food Safety

November 4, 20 16 --  China's worries about the safety of its food are growing while U.S. consumers remain concerned about imported Chinese food.  A recent survey of Chinese public opinion found that more than 69 percent believe that the related challenges of food safety and pollution are "big problems," Forbes Magazine reported.  Twenty-five percent more Chinese in 2016 were disturbed over food safety than in 2008 when a similar survey was conducted.

Despite attempts by the Chinese government to improve perceptions of that nation's food supply, a majority of Chinese consumers surveyed believe food safety, air or water pollution will remain the same or worsen, according to Forbes.

It's no wonder that health food media continue warning Americans about potential dangers from Chinese food imports in general and, seafood, such as tilapia, in particular.  Citing the likelihood of Chinese farmed-fish being grown in waste water, HealthyWildandFree.com and other health food sites such as The Hearty Soul warn consumers to avoid tilapia.

"It's one of the worst fish purchases you could buy; and it's commonly known that in China the seafood farmers won't even let their children eat the seafood that they farm."  

As reported by Fox News, "according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, over 95 percent of tilapia consumed in the U.S. in 2013 came from overseas, and 73 percent of those imports came from China."

The FDA physically inspects only two percent of the imported seafood-including tilapia-for which it is responsible, and less than one-percent is laboratory tested for banned chemicals and drugs.

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