25 May 2011

In other "China's economic miracle" news...

From those wonderful folks who brought you... lead-painted baby toys...
just dessertsYou can't say you haven't been warned...

"Made in Canada" simply means that 51 per cent of the production cost was incurred in Canada; the ingredients could come from anywhere, and increasingly they come from China.
Go clean out your fridge.

Do it now.


5 comments:

prairie dog said...

I am seriously thinking about getting a plot carved out in my backyard and planting a garden...

Frances said...

Neo - remember the pet food scandal of 2007? That was traced to - if I remember correctly - melamine added to Chinese grain products to enhance the protein content. We know a vet who treated some of the affected animals, and it was rough both for her and for the owners who watched their pets die.

However, the Chinese switched their tactics to baby food, and started putting melamine in infant formula. Fortunately for us, that particular scandal was confined to China, but it was a tragedy for the families who lost beloved children.

I think that current law should be strengthened so that the label has to identify the country of origin of the products. I know the issue will be raised of the onerous burden for small producers, but that shouldn't be an issue. If everything a small producer - say, for instance, a local maker of Saskatoon berry jam - purchases declares the country of origin, then it's a relatively simple matter of producing a label saying e.g. sugar from Jamaica (by default, everything else would be Canadian). The product producer would be responsible for the correct labellng of country of origin (exception, southern Alberta sugar beets = Canadian sugar). And there would be no weasel labelling allowed as in the 'may contain.......' line which is too often on products, and which renders a list of ingredients useless.

Too much bureaucracy? The alternative is that there is no way you and I can determine the source of our food. And if such measures are put into practice, then our major food producers would have to be more aware of the origin of the ingredients they use.

L said...

Not only that, but Canada used to make zippers that worked. I like expensive clothing, but they are now made in China and have zippers that do not work.

Yes, I try to buy local food. I have a lamb and beef supplier and shop at farmers' markets as possible, and try to buy Canadian meat, fruit and vegetables vs. imports from the US. I miss PEI potatoes, as we do not get them in BC.

Anonymous said...

welcome to globalization folks.

Our government, has the power to protect us from Canadian/US companies that fool us into believing their products are "Canadian", or "American".

But regulation is a bad word to some. The idea that corporations will do what is best for us, like create jobs here, and ensure their products are made where standards are strict, is delusional.

Neo Conservative said...

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buying particular foodstuffs is a choice... and from my p.o.v., it's a no brainer.

the real question here is... are all human beings actually this mercenary... or is this some sort of self-serving cultural paradigm brought about by a sudden loosening of the communist chokehold?

what i do know... is that i'd have a problem with poisoning people for profit.

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