Back in 2007 when the dog food scare over food from China happened, I started making my dog food instead of taking the chance.
It didn’t really occur to me that we could be taking the same chance with our human food.
I thought that the regulations on human food were much more stringent.
A recent news development where PetCo is going to stop selling all China based dog treats because they are still making dogs sick, and no one knows why, and then a great little news story (http://www.click2houston.com/news/where-does-your-food-come-from-labels-dont-tell-entire-story/26065824)
About where our human food comes from, was a real eye opener.
You’d think anything labeled “organic” would be from the USA, where we regulate the standards for that labeling. Not so.
I’ve noticed for a long time that the fresh produce and fish I buy at local stores isn’t from “here”.
We get a lot from Mexico, Brazil and other countries, even though this area is a bountiful basket of the same stuff, very little produce in the major grocery stores are from the local area.
Beef? Most labels have at least 3 countries listed: Product of USA, Mexico and Canada.
Well, that cow was as well traveled as I am!
Do we know, really, how safe foods grown or processed in other countries are?
And just because a food label says it’s “processed in the USA” doesn’t mean it’s grown here as well.
The bottom line is: read everything on the label.
The American flag doesn’t mean it’s 100% American. You need to see where it’s grown and processed, not just one or the other.
Find a brand you trust and make your statement with your wallet by buying brands you trust.
(Bonus: the news story about chicken that was mentioned in the above link: http://www.click2houston.com/news/concerns-rising-over-china-processing-us-chicken/26071158)