Nine Australians Catch Hepatitis A from Chinese Produce

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Do any of us really know what’s in our food these days? Ever since the world moved away from small farms and into industrial agricultural, we’ve lost touch with the food on our dinner plates. We don’t really know how it’s made, or what goes into it. Heck, we don’t even really know who makes it, aside from the corporate logo on the packaging. Many of us just assume that what we buy in the grocery store must be safe. Even if we know it’s not healthy due to GMOs, pesticides, and preservatives etc, surely our food distribution system is capable of filtering out the foods that can outright kill us?

Unfortunately, that simply isn’t true. As food becomes more industrialized, it also becomes harder to track. Your typical meal travels thousands of miles and changes hands countless times before it arrives at your grocery store. This makes it difficult to catch unscrupulous farmers and vendors who don’t really care about food safety.

Last week, nine Australian citizens learned this the hard way, after they contracted hepatitis A from consuming berries that were grown in China.

Manufacturer Patties Foods has recalled four products including the Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet brands of mixed berries and Nanna’s raspberries after infections in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

They are all sold nationally in major supermarkets, having been packed in China.

The hepatitis A cases are linked with Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries, with three other brands pulled off shelves as a precaution.

“Hepatitis A virus infection is uncommon and normally associated with travel to countries affected by endemic hepatitis A,” said Rosemary Lester, chief health officer in Victoria state, where three cases have been reported.

“The only common link between the cases is consumption of this product — there is no overseas travel or common restaurant exposure.”

Poor hygiene among Chinese workers and potentially contaminated water supplies in China are likely to have caused the outbreak, experts said.

“Poor Hygiene” is a bit of an understatement. Hepatitis A is usually transmitted through water that is contaminated with human waste. That means these berries were either grown or “cleaned” with raw sewage. How in the hell does someone let that happen?

Well in China, it happens all the time. Two years ago, Natural News blew the whistle on the dangers of so called “organic” produce that is grown in China.

China is a nation that has virtually no environmental regulation enforcement. In China, anything goes: You can dump mercury into rivers. You can spray raw human sewage sludge on crops. You can produce factory-made chemicals and blow the waste products right into the air through smokestacks. In China, many rivers are so toxic that, from time to time, they actually catch on fire and burn.

And since they export food across the globe, this isn’t just a problem for Australia. It’s nearly impossible for the average American consumer to avoid food imported from China. While produce and meats typically have a “country of origin” label, anything that is packaged with multiple ingredients (i.e. 90 percent of the crap in your grocery store) is going to be a mystery. They’ll tell you where the product was processed, but they don’t necessarily have to label where each ingredient was sourced from.

So keep that in mind the next time you go to the grocery store. Almost everything you find there could have been produced in one of China’s many toxic cesspools, and has the potential cause both chronic and acute health problems. And if you can, always buy local. In this day and age, knowing exactly where your food comes from and who grows it, is the only surefire to protect your health.

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  • RebelPatriot

    Hey you ever eat fresh produce down in Mexico? I have and let me tell you I thought I would die, I could have crapped through a screen door that was shut.

    • Chir

      Thats wwaaay to much information… That being said. Wash your food. Never know who was scratching what while they were handling your food.

      • RebelPatriot

        The food was eaten at restaurants.

    • Smarty

      I got the Mexican surprise too. I was foolish enough to eat some taco kind of thing from a street vendor, and came back with a nice parasite of some sort that took about 9 months to get rid of. My screen door range was about 50′ (plus or minus for wind direction).

      • RebelPatriot

        Impressive.

      • Joe Lizak

        Just to be fair…..I ate a shrimp and fish taco from a Mexican street vendor. They use real lard, that old fashion stuff great grandma used…..and it was the best darn pair of taco’s I ever had! This is that place just west of Yuma….Nogales or something. I used to go there to make sporting bets on NFL Sunday when I was stationed at Yuma. It’s a different world down there. You must be careful. I got caught staying to long and they closed the gate. I had to climb the huge fence and dropped down on the American side as border patrol chased us. LOLs. I got away …they got busted.

    • Joe Lizak

      That’s because the Mexicans use human waste as fertilizer. No joke!

      • RebelPatriot

        That would explain why they throw used toilet paper on the floors of restrooms.

  • Johnny Ray

    The workers likely use the fields as a restroom with no paper and nowhere to wash their hands.

    • roddy6667

      That is the most likely cause of the hepatitis.

    • Sir TuberKopf

      In the third world they use their left hand to wipe and their right hand to eat. When they pick produce they have to use both hands to make their quota!

      When they work in the fields they crap in the box, fill with produce, get paid by the pound!

  • Joe Lizak

    I’ve never had the guts to watch the video but if you have the time go to you tube and type in the search box “Chinese gutter oil”. Apparently (according to the written captions on the video) these Chinks take raw sewage from the gutters, boil it up is some type of cauldron, then “sell” it to Chinese restaurants for use in making your Kung Pow Chicken and Chow mien. The more I learn about the Chinese the more I think they are not even human f*cking beings.