November 20 - 26, 2011: Issue 33

These undercover pictures speak a thousand words

China: A total of 5 riders are hired by ‘the boss’ to ride to farms to buy dead chickens. A dead chicken cost 1 RMB and would be sold at 9 RMB after processing. Storage for the dead chickens in the court yard: Carcasses are thrown everywhere. And on the floor.... 

Four employees start de-feathering the dead fowl after soaking in boiling water from a rusty wok, enduring the pungent odour, but sometimes, it gets so terrible that even the most experienced of the workers vomits.

A discarded bath tub being used to soak the bare skin dead chickens. The contaminated water would have accelerated the decomposition process.

The chickens are then ‘coloured’. After the colour dye, it’s creepy to find that they are quite tenderized, and now presenting the mouth watering Charcoal Roasted Chicken!

 Learn from BARCODES

A few weeks ago both A Current Affair and Today Tonight televised reports on frozen vegetables imported from New Zealand. As it turns out if it is a Coles or Woollies home brand there is a more than good chance that the product has come from China. Products made by McCain’s, Birdseye and other supposed reputable companies from New Zealand are now purchasing veggie products from China and selling that product under their name.

You can check where it is produced by the comments on the back of the pack. If it says ‘produced from New Zealand and Imported product’ it has Chinese vegies in it. Put it back on the shelf. I would even go as far as to say even if it has ‘product of New Zealand’ I would be suspect about where those packaged vegetables come from. Play it safe by not buying frozen vegetables unless they have been grown and packed in Australia. Those that aren’t are likely to contain poisons used in their growing that are banned here.

China does not have laws regulating food processing. There are no food inspection regulations of foods grown or processed in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong or Thailand. Other world countries are scared of China making 'black hearted goods’, but how can you differentiate which one is made in Australia, the USA, Philippines, Taiwan or China? For your Information ... the first 3 digits of the barcode is the country code of where the product was made. Example: all barcodes that start with 690; 691 through to 695 are all MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan.

We have a right to know this, but our governments and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE OURSELVES.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products 'made in china', so they don't show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode. Remember, if the first 3 digits are 690 through to 695, then it is Made in China. Don't forget, Hong Kong is now China too. MANY companies are using a Hong Kong address to avoid this type of image reputation.

Please Remember.......the Australian barcode prefix is 93
Barcodes for places of origin of foods:
00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
93 ~ Australia
628 ~ Saudi-Arabian
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
740 ~ 745 - Central America
All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines.

WATCH WHAT YOU BUY. ESPECIALLY 'HIGHLINER' FISH PRODUCTS; all come from China, even though the box says 'product of Canada ', it is from China and 'processed' in Canada , that is, only  the coating is added and packaged in Canada. The fish are raised in pens using chemicals that are banned in Canada as cancer causing but legal in China. This was exposed on CBC TV's 'Marketplace'. Please think before buying anything from China. Australian farmers produce excellent vegetables, fruits and animal products. Why would you buy anything else?