10 Common Foods Made in China

A List of 10 Commonly Used Foods Made in China

The label “Made In China” is so ubiquitous in the U.S. that we expect to see it on the majority of goods in our homes. However, one place you may not expect to see it is on foods you eat every day. Here are 10 commonly used foods that are made in China – but they don’t have to be.

1. Tilapia:

Tilapia is commonly fish-farmed in China. These fish are some of the worst, most toxic and unhealthy fish that you can come across. A tilapia fish will eat anything, comparable to a bottom-feeder fish and fish farming is a small pool of wastewater that the fish live in. 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, that should tell you something. 80% of the Tilapia in America comes from there.

2. Cod Fish:

Cod is another type of fish that is fish farmed in China. This fish is not healthy and lives in its own waste. Currently, just over 50% of American Cod comes from China.

3. Chinese Apple Juice:

Believe it or not approximately 50% of the apple juice sold in the United States comes from China. They are the LARGEST pesticide producing country in the world and they haven’t even begun to address pesticide or chemical residue on foods. I recommend completely avoiding apple juice, for yourself and your children. Fruit juice is too rich in sugar and is better mixed with vegetable juice for your blood sugar levels.

4. Processed Mushrooms:

US inspectors have found tainted mushrooms from China. Some manufacturers there go so far as to label these processed mushrooms organic to increase their profits. If you do a google search you’ll find that there are many “mystery mushrooms” in that area of the world, completely fake. 34% of processed mushrooms are from China. Do your best to know your source, buy local and true organic!

5. Chinese Garlic:

U.S. inspectors have also found tainted garlic from China. This garlic is sprayed with chemicals more than abundantly and this garlic leaves a bad aftertaste, that of a chemical concoction. 31% of Garlic sold in the US is from China.

6. Chicken:

In 2013 the US Department of Agriculture approved the sale of Chinese chicken in America. Many food safety experts are concerned with the quality of this chicken as China is a country where avian influenza and food-borne illness are common. Beyond that, China produces more pesticides than any other country in the world and is polluted by not only that but mass production and industry.

7. Plastic Rice:

It is believed that it is actually made from potatoes and a fake synthetic resin. When boiled, the rice stays hard and doesn’t cook like regular rice. It is believed that long-term effects of this food could be cancerous.

8. Mud (Sold As Black Pepper):

A vendor in China collected mud and sold it as black pepper, and also took flour and sold it as white pepper. Call it whatever you want and sell away! The Chinese don’t have a lot of due diligence in their food and safety regulatory systems. Not that these are always great, just look at America! We have standards but very low standards at best.

9. Industrial Salt:

Industrial salt is unfit for human consumption yet Industrial salt was sold as table salt for 13 years! Industrial salt can cause both mental and physical issues, hypothyroid problems as well as reproductive system disorders.

10. Green Peas:

Fake green peas in China were found in 2005, and may still be produced today. These fake peas were created with snow peas, soy beans, along with green dye and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that is used as bleach and as a preservative). This dye is banned to use on produce because it may cause cancer, as well as inhibit the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium. These green peas also didn’t soften when boiled and the water turned an unnatural green color. So, avoid green peas from China.

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What do you think of these common foods coming from China?  Does it concern you? Share your thoughts and opinions below.


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56 replies
  1. TINA
    TINA says:

    I can’t believe this. I purchased “Aqua Star Crispy Battered Alaskan Cod – Wild Caught” from Walmart. I always buy Wild fish. I’m SHOCKED, on the back bottom left corner of the package it states: “Wild Caught Cod Harvested in U.S.A. Product of China.” This is a VERY MISLEADING add. I’m calling the company.

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    • Dena Gage
      Dena Gage says:

      If you check canned and bottled fruits you’ll also find this, even name branded fruit!!! SO Alarming to me!!! Especially giving to our children & grand children!!!

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    • JLBM Music Lover
      JLBM Music Lover says:

      I agree with you, we the USA need to start making building and producing our own food and merchandise. We also need to care for our country first and than send care to others, if we can.

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  2. Sher
    Sher says:

    Everyone I know is so disgusted about buying fish in the US because almost all has actually been processed in China ( and with who knows what). How do you find fish from the US?

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      • Kathy
        Kathy says:

        Whole Foods does sell foods from China, including fish. Ask before buying. I never knew this until this evening when my husband googled food in USA grocery stores from China, totally surprised and not happy!

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  3. lauraeream
    lauraeream says:

    I don’t believe all these statements to be true, but that does not mean we can’t be conscious on our store purchases. I hope everyone can do their part in boosting the American Economy.

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  4. henry navarro
    henry navarro says:

    FOR ALLYOU PEOPLE THAT DON’T BELIEVE ALL THIS DONE BY THE YOUR GOV,YES ALL ARE
    IN THIS FDA, AND THE REST OF YOUR HIGHER UPS BOTTOM LINE IS MONEY FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS ROOT OF ALL EVIL CORRUPUTION PERIOD AND IF YOU WANT PROOF DO YOUR OWN RESHEASH PEOPLE YOUR GOV. IS BEHIND OF ALL THIS LOOK UP CHEMTRAIL, FLORIDE IN YOUR WATER, GMOS SO CALLED FOOODS ON AND ON I COULD GO ON, I FOR ONE I KNOW WITH OUT A DOUGT ALL THESE STATEMENTS ARE SAD BUT TRUE. PERIOD.

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    • Tina JoneS
      Tina JoneS says:

      I have been doing a lot of research and it’s all true we are being poisoned by the food we eat and don’t even know it. We live in a terrible world of greed. Please read labels or just eat fruit and vegetables.

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  5. Debra Hojnacki
    Debra Hojnacki says:

    It’s sickening. I don’t buy anything from China. But, when it comes to food we eat, and serve to our families, you now have to check labels. I think this is disgusting.

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    • Emmie
      Emmie says:

      How can we avoid buying products fron China when most everything we purchase comes from China. Unfortunately, all items are not labeled MADE IN CHINA or MADE IN U.S.

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    • Ger
      Ger says:

      You don’t buy anything from China? Please. Whatever you wear, whatever you use, China is involved somehow. The machine that prints your “MADE IN THE USA” tag is China made. Your proud US flag is made in, you guessed it, China.

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  6. Barbara Kaufer
    Barbara Kaufer says:

    Are these products marked that they are from China? Is there is an issue with fresh garlic but doesn’t give country of origin, also dog food sold by Sam’s is from China, the packages are not marked, I had to go to the internet to find that out. Also never, ever buy farm raised anything. Find out on google what that exactly mean.

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  7. Karen
    Karen says:

    As rich as America is why this country need China to grow our food? I am against it! I use to eat their food, but not anymore. My sister and I are informing others about this madness. People wake up! Look around you. People are dying from cancer, strokes, heart attacks etc. It’s in our food that’s being imported into our country. Stop eating Chinese food. The more we eat their food they will stay in business. WAKE UP AMERICAN

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    • Emmie
      Emmie says:

      Why is the U.S. importing food from China? MONEY. Whose looking out for us. NO ONE! Our foods are not fit to eat. Where is the USDA?

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  8. Andy
    Andy says:

    Christopher Ranch is the largest supplier of garlic in the US. While they have a US presence, they also have deep ties with China. China makes something like 80 percent of the world’s processed garlic, in the US, it’s hidden through Christopher Ranch. Best to grow your own garlic these days. May as well grow your own everything, then you know for sure that it’s not coming from China.

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  9. Linda
    Linda says:

    Why do we need to import food from China? I was shocked to see the list of foods we import. Small farms have been pushed out of business by large farms. Instead of importing food from China, it seems we should be encouraging food to be grown here.

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  10. MARY ANN
    MARY ANN says:

    They have gone to Africa to colonize Africa with their fake cheap goods and fake milk, fake rice, fake fishes, and fake every thing. After Africa attract debts they say to pay us we shall own your Airport and your air space???? Listened to NPR Guinea-Bissau A SMALL African country in the west coast of Africa refused to sign a china deal for them to build an airport because, they have wise leadership America please save Africa from colonization by China, come to our rescue our leaders were either bought or mis lead

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    • Raymond James
      Raymond James says:

      Exchanging one colonizer with another one is not a solution for Africa. First Africa needs to love its people and put whatever resources (which is many) together and share amongst their own continent. Problem is that Africa can’t function cause corruption and lack of nationalism is killing it slowly but surely. They must be dealt before anything else.

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  11. a boyd
    a boyd says:

    Ask your VET and they willl tell you if you want to kill your pets feed them dog/cat food made in china….petco and others have taken all china made dog food off the shelves as of last year….Most of your pork is processed in china with made in USA labels…

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    • Deanna
      Deanna says:

      That should be illigal to put a sticker made in USA when in fact it’s China. I just got thru reading about a real problem China has with chickens ducks and other foul they have found that has H7N9 virus and guess what it’s now in humans over there very deadly virus the cdc is watching the us check it out on cdc web site scary

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      • Brenda
        Brenda says:

        Ha! The CDC can’t find their own butts. Neither I might add can the USDA Which has all but stopped cking foods coming in from other Countries.

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  12. Karl
    Karl says:

    The best way to be safe and patriotic is to avoid buying any Chinese goods whenever possible. China is at heart, America’s worst enemy. Why should we help their economy and make the country rich so they can develop more weapons against us? It isn better to spend a little more on American-made goods than help the Chinese, especially since many of their food products cannot be trusted for authenticity and health reasons.

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  13. Andy Holmberg
    Andy Holmberg says:

    It’s worse than you think. My wife is Korean and college educated. We watch Korean news and other sources on- line. The Chinese are killing us. They are Communists and our deadly enemy.

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  14. Steve Leasure
    Steve Leasure says:

    Why should we buy anything from any communist country, isn’t this we fought against and died for. Yet we turn around and support these countries!

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  15. Dora Keyes
    Dora Keyes says:

    Yes, we need to be careful with purchasing food from other countries because we dont monitor their businesses or quite frankly what they look like. Not saying that usa is perfect because they are not. Read the ingredients, and where it’s from.
    Say a Prayer over what you eat.

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  16. Meropi Lane
    Meropi Lane says:

    The only product that clearly has country of origin in the package is fish. An Alaskan senator forced the bill because he wanted to protect Alaskan fisheries. The rest of food products are a mystery. Check the labels. Assembled, packaged, distributed…but never produced….I wonder where are the rest of the lawmakers and what they do about their constituents

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    • Pedro Piporro
      Pedro Piporro says:

      This is what happens when you let too many people vote. Only knowledgeable people should be voting. Politicians want stupid people to vote so that they can do their corporate master’s bidding and still get reelected.

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  17. Mr Mac
    Mr Mac says:

    Please, patronize farmers market’s! “Regularly” during harvest. as demand rises, so will supply. So till up that lawn out back and grow some food!

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  18. Mr Mac
    Mr Mac says:

    I have many Asian customers I work for, and they ALL have gardens and chicken’s in “their”back yards, smart people…

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  19. Michaeline Penkivech
    Michaeline Penkivech says:

    My daughter was going to buy a _7_pack of lighters made in China yesterday for $1.99. I made her put them back and purchased a 5 pk made in usa for $5. She doesn’t smoke. They were for emergencies of who knows what kind. I’m sure she won’t need a my more for years.
    I’m sure we can make an impact if we strive to buy more us a products. I’m sick of the cheap useless stuff made in china.

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  20. Linda
    Linda says:

    Where is Hormel corned beef hash made. The label says distributed by. Also, just threw out raw pine nuts, made in China. Don’t shop without your glasses folks.

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  21. Private
    Private says:

    Look it’s simple…

    Support your local well-known farms and locally owned and manufactured products.. easy way to tell. GLOBAL COMPANIES do not buy from global companies ever like Walmart specifically example within 15 miles of each other trying to shutdown ShopRite locally own business why 2 Walmarts within 10mins of each other!!!

    Move to red states if you can’t see the kitchen don’t go there..like fast food starve their companies ABSOLUTELY AVOID ALL INTERNET PURCHASES completely delete all accounts wein your way off them use normal mail only not email. Learn where your local farms are. Start growing produce in your yards. Move from blue states ASAP all costs do whatever it takes.

    Find someone to take it off your hands greedy bastards will jump on it, in the long run, their taxes will put them out of business. Buy a plot of land from the bank don’t rent it from them. Build your own home free from public utilities completely.

    Help lower taxes. learn how to compost recycle and waste management. go solar all by yourself cause really it’s not that hard. Especially to collect and purify your own water. you ever see these water pipes that are public utility tons of contamination build up cracks and leaks mercury bacteria added chemical build up water softeners smells and taste of bleach completely unreliable never inspected only till it fails.

    Look at telephone poles it’s ridiculous in 2020 power grid fails taxed to hell n back for useless commodities. Who needs that junk to watch TV and have a hard-line telephone internet that currently is being weaponized ton of fraud misinformation and terror tactics. Completely free communication. One cell phone bill 1 bar signal 80$ a month says it all. Crash’em you’re paying a global telephone bill for international purposes regardless you only make national calls.

    Everyone wants to come to America but most Americans don’t or never will go there at all… Lower standards essentially face hatred just cause your American. So f em. Let’s lockdown America ourselves bankrupt global companies and sanctuary states that removed the executive college long ago purely in favor of welfare states who love career criminals. The smallest things will cause chaos for them especially the lack of internet no customers going old fashioned once again.

    Go agricultural chicken eggs a great source of protein help nation only business raise animals we need to spread out these stand-alone companies from controlling a market only to get hit with something like mad cow disease or swine flu-like in current and previous years. Even producing animal feed will greatly help especially since China been poisoning animal and pet feed.

    Congregate and localize are the industry’s back. USA don’t need help from trash countries with contaminated poor quality poor health inspection and manufacturing processes. I have no idea why the USA even imports at all, to begin with.

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  22. Carole
    Carole says:

    I agree totally!! Problem is, on a lot of things you buy they dont even put on the pkg where its from. I dont understand this and I’ve been reading labels for years… now more than ever we have to know!!
    (I’ve known about tilapia for years…and dont buy it.)

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  23. ljay2
    ljay2 says:

    This whole article especially the comments made me absolutely nauseous. I have been reading labels for years and yes, it does us no good. We did this to ourselves, we asked for it. Even labels that say ‘distributed by’ is questionable. Where do we think everything from California is from?? California?? No it’s from china. Food should be labeled ‘country of origin’.
    No wonder cancer, diabetes, cardiac problems, stroke, etc is so rampant in this country!! It’s true- it’s all about the bottom line, $$ and these lawmakers just want to get re-elected to screw us. Interesting how you rarely see them getting these diseases.
    I guess we’re just wasting our time because this whole thing will never change. Sad. Depressing too. I’m glad I’m old.

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