Does anyone know how much of our food is coming from China?
I was in my local store the other day and as is my custom I checked the ‘country of origin’ of most of the products I was contemplating buying, in this case frozen bay scallops – farm raised in China.
Needless to say – or do I need to say it? – I didn’t buy the scallops.
Shellfish from Bangladesh or Indonesia didn’t captivate me either.
I long ago determined that buying clothing ‘Made in China’ was not on my list if in any way possible. I’m not a ‘buyer’ by nature so it doesn’t come so hard. But if I were a regular shopper at one of our mega discount stores I’m sure most of what I bought would be ‘Made in China’.
The other day, following the revelation that melamine is ground up and used in pet foods imported to the US from China, I started to wonder about things which I can’t avoid buying – like toilet paper for instance! Just where is it made these days? Might it too have a melamine content?
‘Melamine’ in my youth was always a product that plastic picnic plates and cups were made from.
Do we know if it’s in the plastic cups and plates that young children use? Are those made in China? Is there any way of finding out if melamine or similar products contribute to developmental delays or behavioural issues in young children?
Afterall, doesn’t it kill pets if they consume it?
Let’s all be more wary of where products come from in future. If we don’t we will soon find that just about everything we buy is made in China, apparently totally unregulated there and upon entry to the US.
Should we even put our faith in products saying ‘Made in …………’ (any western country). Might they also contain products imported from China and yet be legitimately ‘Made in ………..’?
Some products, bread, flour or canned tunafish (just at a cursory glance) don’t always seem to be required to label their product with the country of origin.
Are US and European Community oversights no longer labelling we can trust? Can we trust any of the major ‘brands’ that we have known most of our lives? (In recent years I’ve found two major brands – one makes spices and the other bread – which changed the composition of their product without notifying the consumer - to my knowledge).
We alone are the best protectors of ourselves and our families.
Let’s start going through life with our eyes wide open instead of with blinkers on.
We really need to be thinking about the food we’re consuming.
P.S. I wrote the draft of this post two days ago. Timing is everything! In today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel, from the Dominican Republic: “More than 10,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste have been removed from stores because they contain a potentially deadly chemical”. The shipments arrived from Panama where medicines contaminated with diethylene glycol were removed from stores in Panama last year after 51 people died.