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Food for thought: China's Food Safety | 101 East

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Every year two million people die from unsafe food and water around the world. Food safety experts warn these deaths may be caused by human design, and nowhere is this trend more prevalent than in China. Tracing the making of a bowl of wonton noodle soup, a 101 East investigation exposes the toxic stew this iconic dish has become. From tainted additives in noodles to growth hormones in pork, to industrial filler posing as meat, presenter Steve Chao finds that anything is possible for producers looking to cut corners and make a fast buck. Do you have a story about Chinese food you consumed? @AJ101East goes undercover to expose the hidden harm in China's Food Industry. More from 101 East on: - YouTube - http://aje.io/101eastYouTube - Facebook - http://facebook.com/101east - Twitter - http://twitter.com/aj101east - Instagram - http://instagram.com/aj101east - Website - http://aljazeera.com/101east #AlJazeeraEnglish #FoodSafety #101East
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prizraks (4 hours ago)
and healthy people in the west are worried about msg and fake sugars. we dont know how lucky we are.
Page Fault (10 hours ago)
China is a plague on humanity.
Orfa iarumas (22 hours ago)
Seems like the only way to survive in China is hold your breath and don't eat or drink.
Trese Smith (1 day ago)
Ok China if you keep this up soon you will be looking like America .....CANCER
Andre Bankey (1 day ago)
Another ingredient is thyme oh wait
ernick nickor (1 day ago)
China dont have BFAD?????? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
ernick nickor (1 day ago)
🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 omg
Too young to be old (1 day ago)
10.57. Seat belt for mum, nothing for her daughter.
*Wonka* (1 day ago)
GMO invented in china is poisoning the population CCP is an abomination..
dani maheswara (1 day ago)
same problems here
FREE CODING (1 day ago)
That journalist is dedicated to his craft. Knowing all the unknown chemicals in that bowl of fake wonton noodles, and he still eats it for the sake of investigative journalism.
metsdudenj (2 days ago)
which is why you NEVER eat anything from CHINA. They are a filthy people
chris chris420420 (2 days ago)
They need an F.D.A.
Dark Mage (2 days ago)
Wow. It's the same as when we eat McDonald's here in America.
dick kickem (42 minutes ago)
Clean food is one of the few things the US excells in
Sanjay Venugopal (21 hours ago)
Dark Mage indeed
Thomas Taylor (2 days ago)
This is what happens when people put profits ahead of everything else. CHINA and their communist ways could care less about the good of their population.
Sanjay Venugopal (21 hours ago)
Thomas Taylor lmao America is 100000x worse. Chinese at least get healthcare
Zen Jones (3 days ago)
chinas downfall i feel will be from poisioning there people
husbandsatwork (3 days ago)
Why did they carry on eating the fake bowl of wonton soup when they knew it was bad for them? Wouldn't one bite and spitting it back out be safer than continuing?
Grainne Salino (4 days ago)
Why I eat nothing from China.
Tashi Norbu (4 days ago)
One ton noodle.🍜
Darcy Mcnabb (5 days ago)
Do not buy anything from China .
Agatha Roa (5 days ago)
There is a HUGE Asian supermarket on Long Island with aisles and aisles of frozen stuff totally made in China, yikes.
Inez Whatley (5 days ago)
The United States should not accept any foods from China at all let them keep the dogs and cat and rat for themselves
Gabrielle Gilbert (3 days ago)
I believe Trump is helping!!!!!🐞
Cherry Snow (5 days ago)
DISHONEST PEOPLE SUCK! This is why I grow and eat my own fruits and vegetables.
Funked Up (5 days ago)
Mad respect to Master Wu though holdin it down. A treasure among criminals. Peace, Master Wu
Funked Up (5 days ago)
Thanks for this. I'm not going to China period. Taking into consideration everything else going on there who would want to travel there let alone live there
Julián Yepes Serna (5 days ago)
This is why China is still considered third world, corruption and lack of transparency in government are the tipycal traits of it.
Stephen (5 days ago)
Here's another China fact. Most of our pet food is manufactured in China. The toxicity of pet food is considered totally unimportant in China. Hundreds of thousands of household cats in the U.S. were dying of starvation and organ failures. I lost one myself. I was feeding the cat top end, expensive food. China places an almost no value on life in general, and especially on non-humans. I won't own another pet -- ever. It's too painful to inadvertently kill something you care for.
nerdwithjordans (5 days ago)
People like Wou should be honored by the government for keeping true to traditional authentic food standards
super fly (6 days ago)
those honest men are a dying breed in china unfortunately
siwen huo (6 days ago)
i’m a nurse in the united state and i’m also Chinese. seeing this is absolutely unethical to tell a lie to the patient. and to say that there is gallstone. there is humanity in those doctors.
Lim Lim (6 days ago)
Doctors is making ton of profit thks to chin...a. It difficult not to eat stuff make in chin....a. Even u don't buy. And purchase food fm USA. But u still been poison as the container is make in chin....a There is only way is eat your own harvest. If u are a cites life. Then too bad. U have been one of the victim for years unknown.
OkHibba (6 days ago)
Bad news for you as you frown at China: this is pretty much worldwide to a degree. The more urbanized any country is, the more likely food prep and content have harmful, unhealthy practices involved. A lot is not intentional (as here in Houston Tx, ask Marvin Zindler), but if you must eat out, you don't see the food being prepared, do you?
王子 (6 days ago)
Honestly it's because Chinese people are just plain dirty and unhygienic and only worship money
Random Lego Colour Gun (7 days ago)
Outside look: wow look at the new technology in Huawei Inside look: food problem, smog, internment camps, vanishing mosque blah blah etc Me: now i hate China
Michelle Lawas (7 days ago)
Thank you so much for making this documentary. Such an eye opener! We need to read labels on what we buy. Do not buy things Made In China😡
Remington 870 (7 days ago)
3:35 Bro
xMaaui (7 days ago)
Thats is some bullshit what jian ya lin and her daughter have to go through. Wtf!
bud thedog (7 days ago)
I don't buy fish or shrimp anymore because most of it comes from China.
Fragile Hands (7 days ago)
Lol @15:18 and the face that guy passing by the camera makes Edit: RIP little yellow puff peeps ;-;
Chris Sean (7 days ago)
better learn how to speak chineses
sis (8 days ago)
just don’t eat anything in china
Jason Bored (8 days ago)
Food safety in China?? You mean tainted milk?
Neenjah Rammus (8 days ago)
This is very interesting, and generally very good journalistic work. Thank you for covering this important subject. But please stop using the dark filters and spooky music for your hidden camera footage, it frankly looks like a bad parody of a documentary and detracts from the quality of your content. Please have confidence in the work you do and present it cleanly and without such tricks, let the facts speaks for themselves.
Mermiana (8 days ago)
I hope the mother did not get hurt or arrested.
I Created An Account For This (9 days ago)
Watching this made me hungry.
Liz I. (9 days ago)
"The temptation of money has corroded the souls of many people." WOW agreed!
South Squad (10 days ago)
Simple solution if you see anything that says made in China just throw it
Yowie (23 hours ago)
@South Squad USSI😂😂😂 Good joke pakistani
South Squad (10 days ago)
@Larrison Jay that's the fact I'm from USSI United States of South India here we don't encourage or buy any Chinese made goods waste of money More over it's all just fake or knock out stuff
Larrison Jay (10 days ago)
Love this comment
Iam No-one (11 days ago)
China doesn’t only have this problem so does the west and other countries. Don’t think just because you’re not in this country means your food is safe. Most likely it isn’t
Funked Up (5 days ago)
Humm no. Certainly not to this extent
Sarah Lawrence (11 days ago)
Ok, but why is the little girl the only one NOT WEARING A SEATBELT?!?!?!?!
arman757 (12 days ago)
Lolololol fast forward 5 years and we're not just challenging the Chinese market, we're choking it out
Amir Hasani (12 days ago)
When I go grocery shopping I dont touch anything Chinese. Specially Garlic... lead and mercury
Sina Sezawar (13 days ago)
and they finish the bowl like a greedy monikers bc simply it was free
macc240038 (13 days ago)
If Chinese people are willing to do this to each other and the Chinese communist partys' government officials do not enforce laws against this lawlessness, what are they willing to perpetrate on people in other countries where they export food, vitamins, drugs etc. Not to mention animal foods they export. Keep in mind the thousands of dogs and cats that died of renal failure after eating food tainted with melamine and cyanuric acid they sent around the world.
SomethingNewAMBW (14 days ago)
I live here, listen, just thinking about the cooks and workers personal hygiene is questionable. I'm extremely diligent and checking the quality of my food and cooking my own food is a necessity. Lol. Take out most of the worry right there
dagan_m (14 days ago)
Do NOT eat Chinese or Indian food wherever you are. Their food practices are very unhygienic, food is adulterated and you don't know what meat are you eating..
Yowie (23 hours ago)
India street food maybe unhygienic but foods from our factory are very good quality. Atleast we don't use plastic and toxic substance like china.
Steve Noonan (14 days ago)
Do not feed your children or pets anything from China. And never eat tilapia.
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chinar? isnt this video about china? what is chinar?
Some Won (15 days ago)
ive eaten Won Ton all over Beijing... never been sick
Funked Up (5 days ago)
this doesn't exclude facts. Facts are this is extremely corrupt practice and it clearly shows the serious effect it has on children and the overcrowded hospitals
Kim Lowe (15 days ago)
Don't buy food from China.
Kim Lowe (15 days ago)
My favorite is wonton noodle soup
thanksgiving (16 days ago)
I see a big pattern. A lot of posionous substances comes from company's owned by rich Chinese people who then sends their spoiled rich kids to study overseas. Most of these poor uneducated Chinese do not know anything about posion and see it as a "food enchancer". There's a reason why there is huge wealth gap and small percentage are over over overly rich. And the rest are dirt poor.
Elvi Doll (16 days ago)
Animal cruelty 😣😣😣😣
Putri Adini (17 days ago)
I often got that fresh oranges with beautiful peel but very dry pulps with very strange sweetness especially on Chinese New Year 😁 I might check my apples too!
Cache Vang (17 days ago)
How could the government allowed all these. It is so inhumane, I can’t believe it. How can they live with themselves knowing it’s toxic and harmful to others.
Karen Smith (18 days ago)
I'll never buy imported Chinese groceries again.
thanksgiving (16 days ago)
You do realize USA customs strictly regulates these kinds of things? Every processed food will contain ingredients imported from china. I promise you that. (Spice, wheat flour, vitamins,etc) Food imported is safer than randomly buying it in a sketchy place in china.
Denis (19 days ago)
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE are you serious. Plus that doctor doing the ultrasound lying about the kid having no kidney stones, where's the ethical practice, integrity and accountability of these state-run hospitals. its all about keeping stupid face.
Filip Molczyk (19 days ago)
why do you pronounce it Chinar?
SemorreButte (20 days ago)
Can't believe they actually ate it
Harrison Yoo (20 days ago)
I cannot trust privileged chinese foods that are often applauded
PLAYSTATION 5 (21 days ago)
This makes me change my mind about visiting China.
Jeremy Baker (21 days ago)
Mobile tests...hahahahahahhahaha
Jeremy Baker (21 days ago)
What worries me is the 'made in' label is disappearing.
Jeremy Baker (18 days ago)
@Karen Smith I should know where stuff is made and/or grown. Would you want a Chinese made motorbike helmet or a German one?
Karen Smith (18 days ago)
Then don't buy items missing that information.
Gracia Miho (22 days ago)
Ohhh chinese so gross..... 😞😞😞
John Lee Bass (22 days ago)
So they know they're eating toxic chemicals yet keep eating the won ton soup!
Robert S (22 days ago)
Uwaaahhhh !!! But I still want my Mah Ling Luncheon Meat and their Braised Pork Leg In a can which disappeared from the North America's market somewhere in the late 1900's ( I wondered why way back then).
DEX (22 days ago)
Feel Sorry for HongKong 😔😔😔 What happened in to the child and how she suffers everyday and how her mothers and how she's threatened by nation run hospitals I think the people trying to defend this and supporting them are not even human 😔 they're pure evil
Jimmy L (23 days ago)
Should use a Ct or xray to detect kidney stone you may miss the stone with ultrasound
Google User (23 days ago)
....... and then we wonder why there is so much increase in major diseases like Cancer, heart and diabetes! Food everywhere is tainted and loaded with chemicals or genetically modified - U.S. and Western Europe included. Remember McDonald burgers not going bad for over 10 or even 15 years!?! Human greed has no bound and this avarice will kill us all.
hook blieght (23 days ago)
i go out of my way to avoid buying "made in china" food. not worth the risk
Joanne Roxanne (24 days ago)
Can you do an episode of Japan's Frozen Food??
Rosslyn Henderson (25 days ago)
China cannot compete with America's human depopulation agendas where food preservation in western labels activates dormant cancer cells. The American journalist are too scared to make documentaries, keeping America great through a free-market capitalist system while the EU keeps warning the US about their "neglect" on food safety. The European Union prohibits many food additives and various drugs that are widely used in American foods. The great America capitalist business model is to make people sick by the masses and sell them medication and medical insurance for the booming medical investment economy to serve old money wealth like the Sackler family investments as America is leading in medical R&D.
fieL (26 days ago)
Now thats journalisn.. i salute u sir
Evropa Khan (26 days ago)
My question is.. who is the lady they used for the picture? She don't look like she knows someone took a picture of her while eating lmao
M0HAWK HMS (27 days ago)
helenrushful (28 days ago)
The 1.2k 'dislikes' of this video are by brainwashed Chinese nationalists....... Just imagine a government that lies to a sick childs family to hide its own incompetence, putting the state before peoples wellbeing.
dragan Tesla (28 days ago)
MSG Monosodium glutamate excites your brain cells and then pops them so you become brain dad Silicon dioxide “Silicone Dioxide is a proven carcinogen. ... Silicon dioxide is also frequently found in health food nutritional supplements. As an additive, silicon dioxide primarily functions as an anti-caking agent, which prevents ingredients from binding together. Just these 2 ingredients will slow kill you among the 10 they usually package in soups and other food that's coming from china !
smart_ ass (28 days ago)
Even the ultrasound machine's fake,lol
Ronnie DJ (29 days ago)
"Food safety in China is now guaranteed." 18:50 Yeah, right. This guy is smoking rope.
Blessed of Judah N Matsaba (1 month ago)
Then he just simply slurping it down 🤨
Unicorn Creationz (1 month ago)
Basically it just toxic additives artificial flavours powders and gels
Castlehill650 (1 month ago)
Hey, he did say “for industrial only” with the borax
Khaye Ilunio (1 month ago)
It is so shocking to know that the Government of China isn't doing anything to stop its people from using toxic chemicals that its people are eating.
Waterbaby (1 month ago)
I never buy food from China. Or prescriptions. I check all the product origin information before I buy anything. I don't buy Anything Chinese if at all possible. I don't want to die of poisoning.
Pork9000 (1 month ago)
Terrible thumbnail
Kemet Melanin Mer (1 month ago)
15:05 haha the way that guy and all the others turned to look at this journalist.
Douglas Rodrigues (1 month ago)
If the food scandal wasn't enough, think back about where most Flu viruses got their start? There is something wrong with that country in the way they do business and perhaps the general cleanliness. One nasty habit that the Chinese men do is spitting on sidewalks. Perhaps they have no conception of how disease gets spread? Many of the people are of a third world ignorant mentality as demonstrated by a Chinese woman who threw coins into a jet engine intake for good luck as she was boarding an airliner.
Douglas Rodrigues (1 month ago)
China has a big problem with their business attitude. The Chinese business philosophy is that ethics, safety for the consumer, and honesty mean little if it results in a good profit.
Can NO d'EAU (1 month ago)
No wonder Trudeau LOVES China. This is what he wants to do to Canadians except for his friends.
MemoGrafix (1 month ago)
Never expect anything REAL from ARTIFICIAL beings, I'm glad I ain't Chinese nor Asian and I do eat their food at all for about 4 years except once during this time. The fake chicken I almost ate was silicone rubber no bullsh!t. Fenglin's Chinese Buffet Buffalo NY. It was supposed to be a Birthday treat for Me from My Son, he didn't realize I had stopped eating Chinese Knock-Offs a few years. I went along in thinking it wouldn't be so bad due to being their years before, worse than I ever dealt with and it was under new ownership. I was being polite (about restaurant), until he asked Me did I notice anything weird about the food. I told him I knew he meant well and it was an honest mistake, I wasn't mad. That's the reason why I stopped eating their fake fuckery.
World peace Everyone (1 month ago)
I feel sorry for the little girl