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Buying fruit and veg at local markets

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    Buying fruit and veg at local markets

    Does anyone know much about the quality of fruit and vegetables at the local markets? I quite enjoy shopping there and the prices are so much cheaper. I have bought an organic fruit and vegetable soaker from city super but was wondering if I am still putting my family at risk by giving them this produce.I have heard that the hygeine levels in some of the areas that the food comes from are a little suspect. I'd really appreciate any insight on the subject.
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    a lot of the produce t the local markets are EXACTLY the same as at park'n'shop, they all come from the same wholesaler...so why spend more?

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    Close to 7 million Hong Kongers buy their fruit and veg in wet markets. Myself included.
    I buy some items in P'n'S and some in those ridiculously expensive other places and my family are very healthy. We are mostly vegetarian, too.

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    agree, the only thing to watch out are the ridiculously cheap produce from China. one time, i bought these super sweet cheap oranges from china from wetmarket. when i returned next time, the owner said they stopped selling them b/c they found out the chinese farmers injected sweetner/syrup into the oranges!?! well, i am not surprised since early this year, news had reported unenthnical chinese farmers injected red dye into watermelons to make them more "attractive".

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    So how do I know that the produce is from China? Will it always say? And does that mean any produce from China is to be avoided? I recall now that yesterdatywhen I was buying mangoes the lady offered me two kinds, one from China and another from the Philippines. I of course had no idea which to buy. I can't even remember now which ones I picked up.

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    We also buy all our veggies and fruits from the local market.

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    I actually think you get better fruits and veg. in the market as opposed to PNS etc. The fruits and vege. in PNS are often of a horrendous quality, very rarely fresh, and rarely stay fresh for longer than a day too and they are overpriced!

    Also would agree that need to be careful with food products from China- they do have food safety regulations in place, but it's wether they are being applied and checked and all too often they don't seem to be!

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    i won't claim all food from china are unsafe. i would only be cautious when it comes to really cheap ones or those organic vege that's sold at a cheap price compared to other organic stores.

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