Fake Pig Ears

China, with its history of poor oversight, has once again been found to have produced something fraudulent.  I blogged so many stories over the years about this trend it is getting boring already.  Whether it is fake ED meds, cadmium in toys, or  flawed medical trials, they seem to keep outdoing themselves.   The newest item is fake pig ears being sold in their markets. Food safety officials tested the “ears” and found they had been made from gelatin and the chemical sodium oleate, commonly used in the production of soap.  Come to think of it, this may be the first time that their fake product is healthier than the real one.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Fake Pig Ears

  1. May 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    ? FAKE PIG EARS ? Now I heard everything! What? Say WHAT? Can’t seem to HEAR you very well! something seems to be wrong with my rather porcine assistant’s hearing? PIG EARS have high glucosamine and chondroitin content, normal components of cartilage…My question for the FDA: are Chinese scam artists using FAKE PIG EARS to make FAKE GLUCOSAMINE-CHONDROITIN SUPPLEMENTS for the U.S. market which includes ever-increasing numbers of Baby Boomers with osteoarthritis?

  2. May 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Dear D.F. (the “Dictator” of Medicine),
    Thank for your “expose” on sow’s ears. That said, any ideas where I could now get some knock-off silk purses? Wait till they try to make footballs!

    • Helene Dollinger
      May 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      ny more products are we going to get from China. Their chicken tenders have already killed or sickened thousands of dogs throughout our country. Now Publix is also selling Del Monte jarred fruit from
      China and frozen, peas and other vegetables..where is the FDAor the Department of Agriculture?
      Helene Dollinger

  3. Kevin
    May 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Every article I have ever published has resulted in 4-5 email contacts from China, desiring to discuss with me the “outstanding opprotunity to publish international research as a co-investigator of an exceptional ongoing clinical trial.”
    They will do anything to legitimize their research in the name of profit.

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