The US FDA prevents such things as artisinal cheese and butter being imported from Europe, products that have been in use for hundreds of years and don’t make people sick, but–speaking of sick–this breathtakingly corrupt agency is allowing big food processors to grow food in the US but then process it in China in facilities with far less stringent regulation, and send it back here for us to eat! Worse, the producers only have to say where it was grown, not where it was processed!
There would appear to be no good explanation for this except corruption at the highest levels–not necessarily illegal corruption, but friendly handshaking between the executives of big food processors and FDA administrators. One thing is very clear: of least importance to the FDA is its obligation to protect us and our children. Far more important is to enable big food processors to increase their profits.
For example, Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producer in this country was sold in September to a Chinese company. Their hogs will still be raised here, but then packaged in China before being shipped back for us to eat. Besides Smithfield, their labels include Morrell, Eckrich, Krakus, Cudahy, Premium Hams, Cook’s and Gwaltney.
To be fair, the FDA isn’t entirely asleep at the switch. Starkist Tuna is now owned by a Korean company and there is a fight going on over quality and safety records, which the company won’t produce for the FDA.
Also, be careful about fish. Look on the label of what you are buying. Remember, they MUST tell you where it is produced, and if that label says China,
be aware that aquafarming regulation there is less stringent than it is here. Be warned.
Imported food we eat and the junk we buy: Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China, and so are most of Europe’s Best.
Arctic Gardens are US or Canadian grown, and so is Birdseye. Most grocery store garlic is from China. Stick with organic garlic or better, buy fresh and chop it yourself, it only takes a few minutes. A great deal of honey is from China. Only buy honey that is specifically identified as a product of the US, Canada or an EU country.
If you don’t see a country of origin on any food label, pass it by. If the label says "prepared for," or "packed by" but doesn’t say where it was grown, pass it by, especially produce.
Until Asian countries clean up their regulatory act, make it your business to pass their products by. At present, the only Asian country with what I regard as a thorough regulatory system for food growing and processing is Japan. Any food from anywhere else in Asia, I suggest strongly that you pass it by.
Bear in mind, also, that companies are well aware of this and will do whatever they can to keep you in the dark. If the label’s not clear, don’t buy.
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