Eating healthy is not easy. Especially when moving to China, a country where food safety guidelines vary within a wide scope of grey tones, we all had to learn that food nutrition labels don’t necessarily tell the (whole) truth. Let RAWK assist you in finding ways to eat and live better in China – safely and with taste.
THE DIRTY DOZEN:
A list of foods that are not as “safe” as others
Did you know that certain foods are more likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue than others? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) annually compiled list of “12 fruits and vegetables that are most vulnerable to pesticide”. Of these foods it is strongly recommended to buy the organic version from trustworthy sources:
Stay posted when we share the Clean 15 of 2016, a list of fruit and vegetables that are, according to EWG, most resistant to pesticide.
FACTS ON GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY
- More than 200 diseases are spread through food.
- 1 in 10 people fall ill every year from contaminated food. 420,000 people die every year as a result.
- Contaminated food can cause long-term health problems, such as cancer and neurological diseases. However, proper food preparation can prevent most foodborne diseases.
The good news is that governments, agencies and organizations all over the world are collaborating and communicating with each other, engaging with various sectors such as agriculture, trade and the civil society – including us consumers – to ensure that our food is safe.