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Food safety freak show: Fake pigs’ ears made from industrial gelatin in China

Police in China are investigating a new food safety scandal after the discovery of a batch of “fake” pigs’ ears reportedly made from gelatin, according to state media in China.

In the latest food safety nightmare to hit the country, the bogus ears were discovered in a market in Ganzhou city in the eastern province of Jiangxi in late March after a customer complained of “a strange smell when cooking them”, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported.

Food safety officials tested the phony porcine ears and found they had been made from gelatin and the chemical sodium oleate, commonly used in the production of soap.

The China Daily quoted an expert as offering a “sure-fire method” for telling real ears — a popular delicacy — from fake ones, saying the “genuine article should have hair and small blood vessels”. No word yet on whether the fake ears have been exported outside of China.

This latest food safety scandal comes in the wake of the discovery of cabbage sprayed with formaldehyde, leeks sprayed with industrial grade copper sulfate, that when handled turns skin blue, the gelatin capsules made from rotting leather scraps soaked in chemicals, the cooking oil made from rotting animal fat, the copper sulfate manufactured from industry e-waste such as circuit boards which was illegally added to animal feed and the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) laced with a carcinogenic and nephrotoxic plant toxin aristolich acid.

But, the ultimate horror in the food safety freak show out of China is the discovery of the Chinese “cure-all” capsules that contain the flesh of dead babies, culled from infant “dying rooms” and human fetuses from abortion clinics; where the dead babies are microwaved, copped up into bits, pulverized into a powder and put into pill capsules  to be used as folk remedy for longevity, health and impotence.

Stay tuned for another episode of the Food Safety Freak Show in China where there is never a shortage of material for gag-inducing examples of the creativity in creating fraudulent food!

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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  1. OMG – I am just speechless – there seems to be a serious disconnect – OMG – what a nightmare – I too wish none of this were true – ugh – praying for your continued strength in revealing such ugliness – be sure to be good to yourself – and Thank You Mollie – once again – but OMG – surely it is time for these nasty truths to be revealed so we can do something about them – OMG – no wonder we are becoming soul-less…

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    • OMG is right. The icing on the China cake was the dead baby cure-all pills, some of the dead babies were culled from “dying rooms”. “Dying rooms” are rooms in someones home where, if you have too many children or can’t afford the ones you have, are stuck in the “dying rooms” to — well — die. To die alone. From starvation and neglect. Whhhaaaaattt the BLEEP ?????

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  2. Not only is China outrageously sadistic, they are the ultimate of pathetic! Why are countries still having any business dealings with them at all.? Absolutely shocking odasity added to China’s list are the “cure-all pills” that contain the flesh of dead babies, culled from infant “dying rooms” and human fetuses from abortion clinics; where the dead babies are microwaved, copped up into bits, pulverized into a powder and put into pill capsules to be used as folk remedy for longevity, health and impotence. What else do we NOT know about. DOESN’T ANYONE THINK THEY HAVE CROSSED THE PROVERBIAL LINE AND SHOULD BE STOPPED!!!!!!

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    • Yeah, so next time Purina and who-ever-else defends doing business in China — tell them to go jump in a lake. Because, really, the ultimate blame for continuing to support trade with China is the US companies.

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  3. My mouth fell open reading this, although quite why it surprises me I don’t know! I personally wouldn’t even feed actual pigs ears sold as pet food as goodness knows what chemicals are put on them.

    On a lighter note, years ago, before I knew better, my mum used to buy pigs ears for our dog. We were getting some one day and she commented on how realistic they looked … yep she thought they were manufactured with the hair, veins and all, bless her!

    Which is guess is what going on here so perhaps not so funny …

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    • Believe me I was stunned as well. I mean, why bother with all that trouble? You have to have molds, materials, the works! And for all we know they realized their design flaw and are it this very moment gluing hairs on and painting veins on them.

      For me though, the clincher was the dead-baby “cure-all” pills. I WISH I was making this up, but I am not. I was speechless – just horrified. After that, it’s like, “Yeah, so, fake pig ears, what’s the biggie?”

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