Do You Really Know Where Your Food Is Coming From?

Do you ever question the quality and origin of your food? I do, all the time.

And you should too.  You want to stay healthy, right? :)

Nothing makes me angrier than looking at a package of food and realizing that manufactures and distributors are hiding the origin of my food!

Why shouldn’t we, consumers, know what we are eating, and where our food is coming from?  And why would you want to hide something if you have nothing to hide?  Manufacturers and distributors know that we prefer US and Canadian products that is why they are NOT telling you that you are eating Chinese products.

There are many clever ways manufactures and distributors can hide this fact.

 

Please don’t be fooled by big and ambiguous phrases such as:

Manufactured for: ABC company, New Jersey USA

Prepared for: XYZ company, Ontario Canada

Distributed by: JNZ company, California USA …and so on.

Or buy a big national brand giving the US/Canadian address of their head office and nothing more, so that we assume that the product comes from the US/Canada.

YOUR food is very likely to come from China…


YOUR food is very likely to come from China, Malaysia, Taiwan and other similar places, places that the average consumer would probably not trust.  And yes, Organic from China may nonetheless contain the same poisonous chemicals as conventional. Want to know more on that, follow this link: Can Organic Food be More Dangerous and Harmful to YOU than NON Organic?

And by the way, conventional farmers may be using chemicals that have been banned and considered dangerous for humans, animals and the ecology without even knowing about it. Want to know more on that, follow this link: Unusually Deadly Pesticides and You

 

I recently received an email about how by reading a barcode you can identify where your product is coming from:

 

…… First 3 digits of the barcode show you the origin of the product. e.g. 690-692 – MADE IN CHINA, 00 – 09 … USA & CANADA, 30 – 37 FRANCE,
40 – 44 GERMANY
471 … Taiwan
49 … JAPAN
50 … UK……

and so on…I was very happy at first, however, after closer investigation, I realized that more than half of the products in my house do not adhere to the above standards.

 

More than half of the barcodes don’t even adhere to this system

 

Upon further investigation, I found that more than half of the barcodes don’t even adhere to this system of identification at all.

In addition, barcodes are usually registered in the country where the companies corporate headquarters are situated but it may have been manufactured anywhere in the world.[1] So, can a Chinese owed company have their headquarters in the US and Canada? Absolutely.  What about a US based company, manufacturing food in China? Yes, of course.

And what about a new ‘made in’ label which reads: “Made in P.R.C.”  Sounds like a new country, doesn’t it?   No, it stands for the good old ‘Peoples Republic of China’.  Possibly, these manufactures are feeling a new wave of concern and dissatisfaction and are looking for new ways to fool us?

Please note that a product made in the US may still contain ingredients from China and very often does

Some advise

 

What you are eating should be a concern, and you need to do more homework. There are many easy ways to minimize your exposure to unwanted ingredients. For example:

– You should buy less multi-ingredient foods.  Foods that have only one or two ingredients can be more easily traced.

– Buy from local farmers that you trust.

– Find reliable sources to get your food from, like some stores / companies specializing only in local ingredients or food.

– Some boldly state where their ingredients are coming from.

– Yet others write on the labels and marketing materials “No Ingredients from China”.

 

 If you have an issue

 

If you have an issue, I suggest you call manufactures and ask questions, it is perfectly normal and many people do this.  Whether you will get a satisfactory answer is another story.  At the very least you can see whether they are honest with you, or they have something to hide.

Unfortunately you can’t trust all food sources, but fortunately you can source the origins of the majority of your food yourself. Investigate, make informed choices and re-examine it periodically!

To a happy and healthy you!

By Tania Belkin

 


 
Sources:

1 http://chemicallypure.com/barcodes-country-of-origin

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