The news out of Beijing today wasn’t startling, especially in light of numerous reports during the past six months of tainted food being imported into the US from China.
Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state television said.
But man, it does make me think more about the food I eat and where it comes from. And I’m not even thinking about imported food. Rather, just the food I ingested today and the amount of non-food ingredients used. For example, these are some ingredients in sourdough bread I ate earlier today, according to the label: DATEM, monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium chloride, ascorbic acid, potassium iodate, L-cysteine hydrochloride. Not sure about you, but I can’t identify most of those items, what they are, or how they’re made. That said, it appears the chinese are trying to be just like us.