Atlanta Natural Health proponents who are concerned about the use of nitrates and nitrites in the processing of meat and meat products will be pleased to learn that the Chinese government has reportedly sentenced Gao Yanjun, who is a butcher from the northern Chinese city of Jinzhou, to life in prison.
Four others have received sentences of up to 15 years in prison for illegally adding poisonous, industrial-grade nitrates to meat products they sold, in order to enhance their color and texture.
Food-grade nitrates, which are also technically poisonous will not necessarily kill you, but industrial-grade nitrates on the other hand, are a known chemical poisons that are fatal when consumed!
Reportedly, a Chinese man by the last name of Sun had bought around 75 US cents worth of nitrate-contaminated pig intestine from Yanjun's butcher shop last year.
Sun had died shortly after consuming it, while his friend who had also eaten some of it was hospitalized and in serious condition.
It was later discovered that Yanjun had deliberately added the fertilizer chemical to his meat to help improve its appearance. Does that sound familiar? That’s a dirty secret that supermarkets in the U.S. also dress their meat and use fluorescent lamps to make it look red, fresh and appetizing!
However, even so-called "food-grade" nitrates are dangerous even though they are a legal food additive. They are known to cause cancer and other illnesses, especially when consumed by children.
Many consumers are now choosing to buy meats and other products that are free of nitrates. Some food producers have responded to a growing demand for non-carcinogenic meat by replacing these food chemicals with natural food preservatives.
Nitrates and nitrites, which are found normally in processed foods like hot dogs, sausages and lunch meats, result in a significantly increased risk of developing pancreatic and colorectal cancer as well as children being susceptible to leukemia!
So how easy is it to accidentally use an industrial-grade version of a common food additive? Very easy, apparently!