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    Food Safety In China

    China doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to food safety. I just read an article that said some people sell counterfeit eggs there. They sounded like they were made from the most disgusting components as well. Does anyone who has visited China think tourists should be careful when buying food there?

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    I have been to China several times and if possible, get a local friend to show you around and point out the reputable restaurants and food stalls around town. I think that street food in general is quite safe as people usually cook the fresh meat and seafood right in front of you so you can see what goes into the wok! I always frequent several restaurants where you can pick your own fresh (and often live) seafood and see the chefs cook them right in front of you. That way you really know it's real seafood!

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    How to make sure that the food in China is hygienic to consume

    It's Obvious that whenever you go overseas or out of your homeland you have to be really conscious about what food you are eating. You should buy food where fresh food is available or it would be best if you find one or more restaurants where you yourself can see the chef cooking. Secondly if you have serious issues then you can only consume bakery stuff like bread, cereals etc.

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    Definitely, I was in Thailand recently and one of my friends had food poisoning from eating at an Indian restaurant. It wasn't a stall selling street food but a pretty posh restaurant. So the moral of the story is to always be on guard. I always order hot food and I never cold or room-temperature food when I travel.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    I always order hot food and I never cold or room-temperature food when I travel.
    This is a great tip when traveling in countries which you aren't too sure about.

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    This is so crazy, counterfeit eggs? How is that possible to make an imitation egg, but it sounds really scary... I noticed alot of fish in particular gets shipped to the US, and as a big seafood eater I have been making more of a conscious effort to be careful to not get farm raised fish from china after hearing all the stories of the bad conditions the fish are raised in as well as the antibiotics that are given to them.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    Honestly, it helps to visit places that are either frequented by "important" people or that have to account to headquarters in countries that do care (like America or Western Europe). Other than that as long as you can see the food and the method of preparation you should be mostly fine. That said Traveler Insurance (medical or otherwise) is nothing to skimp on.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    I was also shocked when I first heard of this. I didn't believe it until I saw this video.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    I was told by a friend who lives in China to avoid the food markets on the streets. The food is prepared in less than sanitary conditions even though it all looks appealing to eat. I remember watching a TV show, where the host frequented the food markets on the street and became sick. Try to research restaurants prior to visiting a particular area of China so you have an idea of what places practice food safety.

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    I was told by a friend who lives in China to avoid the food markets on the streets. The food is prepared in less than sanitary conditions even though it all looks appealing to eat. I remember watching a TV show, where the host frequented the food markets on the street and became sick. Try to research restaurants prior to visiting a particular area of China so you have an idea of what places practice food safety.
    I agree with what crenshaw498 said. Just like in most countries, you just have to avoid the street foods. The foods in China's reputable restaurants are quite safe and very good. I did not have any stomach ache since I went and lived there for two weeks. I think, one thing you just have to note is to not drink water from anywhere. Make sure you have a reputable drinking water with you.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    First it was the melamine-tainted milk now this! I think if China doesn't do anything drastic , even native Chinese consumers will distrust their food security! I have friends who live in Southern China who travel to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to buy milk and other essential groceries! That'y how much they trust their own food!

    I also do not trust seafood imported from China. A lot of the farm raised fish, for example, is full of antibiotics and even said to be full of growth hormones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    First it was the melamine-tainted milk now this! I think if China doesn't do anything drastic , even native Chinese consumers will distrust their food security! I have friends who live in Southern China who travel to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to buy milk and other essential groceries! That'y how much they trust their own food!

    I also do not trust seafood imported from China. A lot of the farm raised fish, for example, is full of antibiotics and even said to be full of growth hormones.

    Well, Chinese men are business men and most of the industries there are ran by people who were not so grounded with the know-hows of food safety. I think they just lack the trainings and symposiums on food safety.

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    Shew....now I'm worried about drinking the water...sounds as bad as Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohyesuare View Post
    China doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to food safety. I just read an article that said some people sell counterfeit eggs there. They sounded like they were made from the most disgusting components as well. Does anyone who has visited China think tourists should be careful when buying food there?
    Woah... counterfeit eggs!? What will they come up with next!? I love eating chinese food over here, but whenever I read something like this I can help but to feel really worried! I often wonder what I am eating... I hope this kind of things never happen over here! As for china... not surprised, have you seen how polluted this country is? They're contaminating their own seas! I read an article on that, the pictures were just gruesome and just disturbing... waste as far as the eye could see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfonso View Post
    I was also shocked when I first heard of this. I didn't believe it until I saw this video.
    Yikes!! Thanks for sharing this, I just hope they don't come up with a similar idea where I live... those chinese persons come up with the weirdest ideas ever. Amazing what a bright mind can do, too bad this isn't used for something that could benefit us all instead of making money no matter how many people they hurt in the process. So sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWolfe View Post
    First it was the melamine-tainted milk now this! I think if China doesn't do anything drastic , even native Chinese consumers will distrust their food security! I have friends who live in Southern China who travel to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to buy milk and other essential groceries! That'y how much they trust their own food!

    I also do not trust seafood imported from China. A lot of the farm raised fish, for example, is full of antibiotics and even said to be full of growth hormones.
    Woah, the more I read about the situation in China, the less I want to visit it!! It's such a pitty they care too much about making money and getting as much profit as possible, so much they don't care about harming other people So sad your friends have to travel so far to buy milk and other groceries... that sounds so expensive! I feel so sorry for the poor chinese people. I heard they can't even complain about this... if they do their goverment would punish them.

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    It depends on how strong your stomach is. If you have traveled to India and survived without getting delhi belly then you will survive china. If like me you don't have an invincible stomach then stay away from cold food and salads, try not to be tempted by street vendors even though they look and smell delicious, and stick to food chains. I find food chains to have the best hygiene and the food is pretty good too.

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    Thanks for the tip! It's good to know food chains can be trusted in China. To be honest I've never liked the idea of eating from street vendors, not even in my own country. We have many street vendors that sell seemingly nice and tasty food, but I just stop and think about it... and realize that food has been exposed to dust and other things in the enviroment.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    It depends in where you are going to eat. When I was in China, I didn't really pay attention to the food safety part. I think as long as you eat inside the restaurant, not the one that makes food outside the street, you will be fine. The ones where you buy food on the street consider not so clean.
    Last edited by pandandesign; 12-01-2013 at 10:37 PM.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    I really think its just like anywhere, even in 1st world countries you'll still get dodgy practices going on in the hospitality industry. It all comes down to laziness in using sanitary conditions (food and environment) so wherever you go there's always a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandandesign View Post
    It depends in where you are going to eat. When I was in China, I didn't really pay attention to the food safety part. I think as long as you rat inside the restaurant, not the one that makes food outside the street, you will be fine. The ones where you buy food on the street consider not so clean.
    Aren't you guys afraid of counterfeit items at all? like for example counterfeit eggs or contaminated milk? I know it it was me I probably would! Don't missunderstand me, we have planrty of chinese food restaurants over here, and I love eating there, but if I had to go to china and eat there...I'd probably be very nervoius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trellum View Post
    Aren't you guys afraid of counterfeit items at all? like for example counterfeit eggs or contaminated milk? I know it it was me I probably would! Don't missunderstand me, we have planrty of chinese food restaurants over here, and I love eating there, but if I had to go to china and eat there...I'd probably be very nervoius.
    Oh, yes. Foods are so different in China, where there are authentic foods you can taste and try. I don't usually eat anything that's made of milk or things like that I don't know a lot of counterfeit items.

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    Ow, that's really worriesome, but I don't think that counterfeit itsems make it to America, right? I love eating at chinese food bufffets and that's something that really worries me! I rather not think about it, specially the food. The other day I had rice pudding there, I hope people here are very strict with counterfeit items!

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    When we are talking of food safety while we are travelling to a certain destination the best thing we should do is to be careful eating and let somebody whom you know in that place to show you around where is the right and safe place to eat so that you can be sure that oyu will not worry about the safety of your health.

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    Re: Food Safety In China

    Sadly not everyone knows a local who knows very well where is the safest place to eat. I think the best thing someone could do when traveling is going to one of those chain restaurants, and, drink only bottled water

 

 

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