(NaturalHealth365) This week, there are new concerns about the safety of commercially-produced apple juice, coming from China, after a Chinese newspaper published an in-depth report accusing three major manufacturers of using rancid fruit in their product. Are these ‘toxic’ apples promoting cancer, birth defects plus many other illnesses?
This shocking report was revealed by the 21st Century Business Herald, a Chinese newspaper, after they sent reporters to a region of China known for its fruit groves and juice manufacturers. They reported that some of the leading juice producers purchased rotten apples and pears, not fit for human consumption, to make their juice.
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, of 2011, Chinese apple juice represented over 49% of all apple juice consumed in the United States. And, yes, most of this apple juice is loaded with pesticides – known to cause birth defects and cancer.
The real danger of rotten apples
Rotten apples harbor Patulin, a secondary metabolite produced by a wide range of Aspergillus and Penicillium fungi found mostly in apples and apple products. China is the world’s largest supplier of fruit juice concentrates, and provides over 70% of the apple juice consumed in the U.S. – the world’s largest market.
Patulin is a mycotoxin with carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic potential. Food contamination with this toxin has led to intense investigations related to its toxicity. In fact, it is so problematic that researchers have looked for ways to eliminate this threat from the human (and animal) food supply.
In case you were wondering, ‘teratogenic potential’ means it can cause physiological birth defects in the fetus, like growth or mental damage along with anatomical or structural abnormalities.
By the way, according the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Patulin can survive pasteurization.
Are you drinking Chinese apple juice?
Rotten Chinese apples, along with the mold, are finding a home in Chinese fruit juice factories, which then become American brand name juices. The Chinese inspectors aren’t diligent, and according to a May report in the New York Times, the U.S. FDA manages to inspect only 2.3 percent of food imported into our country.
So much for ‘food safety’.
Understaffed U.S. food inspectors lack the resources to capture many, if any, of these potentially tainted shipments. In real terms, it’s a given than most Chinese apple juice has never been properly inspected.
Along with patulin, apple juice lovers may also be ingesting strong disinfectants. Farmers, in the investigated regions of China, stated that rotten fruit would be washed with diluted disinfectants immediately after it reached the factories but before going on the production line as a means to stop further deterioration. Does this sound like a cancer-causing procedure to you?
Yet, despite the concerns, imports of fruit and vegetable juices from China increased substantially from 2011 to 2012, according to data from the USDA – rising 14% to $635 million.
There seems to be no end in sight for toxic apple juice consumption. Sales have been strong, in 2013, totaling $343 million in the first seven months of this year. We’ve got to warn our friends and family and stop buying this crap!
Much of the apple juice sold to U.S. supermarket chains are made with apples from China. In fact, it’s really hard to find apple juice on any supermarket shelf that isn’t made from juice concentrates shipped from China.
Washington State use to dominate the apple juice market until the 1990’s, when Chinese imports began increasing 3,000 times over the next decade. Chinese apples have been reported to be of inferior taste and quality, making them ‘suitable’ for juicing, while higher quality American apples are reserved for fresh produce.
China uses arsenic-based pesticides in farming, and apple juice drinkers have unknowingly consumed 55 parts per billion arsenic levels for years – even though the EPA limits arsenic levels in drinking water to only 10 parts per billion.
Naturally, it’s cheaper for companies, like Mott’s, to import the concentrates from China. Big food producers only care about profits – not the health of their customers.
A call to action! We, at NaturalHealth365.com, encourage you to buy only organic apples – locally, if possible. Then, buy a good quality juicer (I use the “Jay Kordich” brand) and try making your own fresh apple juice. You’ll love the taste and health benefits.
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