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Old 03-30-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Hiding the country of origin

Some of the foods products I see in the store do not list where the product is made. I see this with house brand mustards at supermarkets or cereals at Walmart for instance. All it says is "Distributed by XYZ Company"

I wonder if these food products are being made in China? My favorite consumer rip off is from "The Great American Fish Company" - all their fish comes from China.

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Old 03-30-2009, 08:05 AM   #2
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I believe a law was passed just recently that the origin of the food MUST be posted. Our Publix lists it and has for as long as I can remember.
I had noticed a sign in Walmart about Tilapia for 4.99 and thought how much cheaper that was than at my grocery store. On closer inspection I saw it came from China. I'm not eating anything from China if I know it, and I'm not eating anything that I can't tell where it originated.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:12 AM   #3
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The MANDATORY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING (COOL) law didn't go into force until March 16, 2009. And, it does not cover everything (excerpted from the USDA website):

"The rule covers muscle cuts and ground beef, lamb, chicken, goat and pork; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; perishable agricultural commodities (specifically fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables); macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng and peanuts."

"Excluded from COOL labeling are items derived from a covered commodity that has undergone a physical or chemical change -- such as cooking, curing, or smoking -- or that has been combined with other covered commodities or other substantive food components such as chocolate, breading and tomato sauce."

Copies of the final rule and additional information are on display on line at http://www.ams.usda.gov/COOL.
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:47 AM   #4
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I, too, have noticed this. I only have Wal-Mart and Piggly-Wiggly to buy from, and the latter used to post this info prominently, but have a new owner and don't any more. I do try to avoid food from China, but agree, more and more post "distributed by" which, around here, is usually some company in some Chicago suburb and has nothing whatsoever to do with where the food actually originates. To be honest with you, I'm giving up. Gotta die from something, right? Seriously I'm not stupid, unlike some, I know it is impossible to get full nutrition for locally grown food, year 'round (heck, there hasn't been anything fresh here since October, we'd starve if we didn't have food from other areas, and we obviously would never have shellfish or tuna). But, still, you should be able to pick your country of origin.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:31 AM   #5
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I always make sure I buy salmon from the USA. I was shopping at Walmart and I saw a label that said "Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon". I thought great-good price too. Then saw in small letters "Processed in China". I get nervous buying food that is shipped out of countries that do not have strict food safety standards.
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:26 AM   #6
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The MANDATORY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING (COOL) law didn't go into force until March 16, 2009. And, it does not cover everything (excerpted from the USDA website):

"The rule covers muscle cuts and ground beef, lamb, chicken, goat and pork; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; perishable agricultural commodities (specifically fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables); macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng and peanuts."

"Excluded from COOL labeling are items derived from a covered commodity that has undergone a physical or chemical change -- such as cooking, curing, or smoking -- or that has been combined with other covered commodities or other substantive food components such as chocolate, breading and tomato sauce."


Copies of the final rule and additional information are on display on line at http://www.ams.usda.gov/COOL.
I buy fish from fish stores - not supermarkets - none of them have
a country of origin identification - but this is NY and anything goes.
The only exception is the mesh bags of mussels which do have the
origin on them and the frozen cartons of seafood (shrimp, squid etc)
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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...none of them have a country of origin identification - but this is NY and anything goes...

What do you mean by this, Mike?
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:13 PM   #8
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What do you mean by this, Mike?
A snide comment on how most laws are not enforced , for instance,
I am a lifelong resident - have never seen a person get a ticket for
littering - our streets are generally filthy, I always ask my friends
if they ever saw someone get a ticket for littering - all answer no.

There are laws against putting your feet on the subway or bus seats -
I can't count how many times I was riding in a car with uniformed officers while some passenger had their feet n the seat - no tickets.

However - the origin law is a Federal law and maybe we have
a better chance of having it enforced.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:32 PM   #9
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The "Country of Origin Labeling Law for Fresh & Frozen Seafood" went into effect April 4, 2005. Markets around here have been labeling both fresh & frozen seafood for at least a year prior to that date. If your market doesn't have prominent signs on each seafood product, like they're supposed to, with the country of origin, they must - by law - at least have that information on hand to provide you when you ask.

The only seafood items not covered by the law are those that are cooked or otherwise further processed (marinated fish, stuffed fish, etc.) prior to sale.

If you're buying a bagged frozen product, it's important to look for the actual "country of origin" - which MUST BY LAW be somewhere on the package, even if it's in tiny print - not just the name of the distributor, which will always be a U.S. company.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:50 PM   #10
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Interesting topic, in more ways then one.Not only with the relabeling aspect.But also the fact of food safety,whether it's bought or sold people have a right to know where it originates from.

It wasn't so long ago when we had that spinach scare.Without that tracking system I doubt it would have been found.Or it would have taken an even longer amount of time locating it.It was grown here in Cali.

Not everything is from china,we just need to be aware of what we buy and from who.And hope that someone that's paid to look out for our safety is doing his/her job.

It's just my opinion..for what it's worth anyways.

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