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CurtEastPoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:48 PM
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Whole Foods selling 'organic' foods made in China.
There is so much wrong with that statement. "California Blend" frozen vegetables...big print on front. made in China in much much smaller print on the back.

I'm sure they're not the only ones doing it.

Consumers beware!

"ITeam Investigative Report" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ31Ljd9T_Y

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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:49 PM
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1. Probably full of lead...
as if we should trust *anything* China says about their food supply.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:51 PM
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3. Lead
in a nice mercury gravy. x(
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:58 PM
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10. With a side of cadmium. nt
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:59 PM
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11. And melamine. And cadmium.
Their farm raised seafood lived their miserable lives in an overcrowded, scummy pond.

I don't trust any food items from China.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:44 PM
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22. Lead is natural why quibble...
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:51 PM
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2. I check where all of my food comes from...
If I see a "Product of China" label...I put it back.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:00 PM
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32. I absolutely do the same thing.
Not worth the risk.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:51 PM
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4. Jeeze, remember the cat and dog deaths?
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:54 PM
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7. Absolutely frightening...
we had just adopted our first doxie puppy and I was scampering to find a safe food supply. We settled upon Flint River Ranch which uses ALL US food sources and human-grade production equipment. Better safe than sorry.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:03 PM
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14. My cat's been eating brown rice and beans ever since....lol
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:11 PM
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18. cats+beans=???
Dear god, I would not wish to be around to witness what happens next!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:23 PM
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20. Multiple gasms
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 07:20 AM
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29. You're a stronger person than I...
there's enough rampant gas going on around in our house, we sure don't need anymore! :rofl:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:26 PM
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38. I thought cats had to eat meat
since they cannot synthesize the amino acid taurine, without which they would go blind.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-24-10 12:37 AM
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39. My cat hates fish or red meat.
He's fucked up. I feed him dry cat food, which he'll eat but he loves cantelope, broccoli, soy yogurt, carrots, lettuce, frozen blueberries, and would kill for brown rice.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:51 PM
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5. Read the labels!! Don't buy it.
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DebbieCDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:53 PM
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6. Buy from local co-ops or farmer's markets if you can
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:55 PM
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8. Green Giant and Dole have many items that are produced in China, as well. n/t
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 10:57 PM
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9. Whole Foods is the Wal-Mart of 'healthy food.'
So the China revelation is no surprise.

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:00 PM
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12. I was worried about the Kroger frozen spinach the other day...
..because there was no country of origin. It just said "distributed by Kroger" and to me that indicates they're hiding something.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:01 PM
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13. I've come across that recently...
I just put it back. Better to be safe, than sorry.
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4lbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:08 PM
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16. According to this recent article (Oct 2009), Kroger manufactures at least half it's own brand foods.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/07/ap/business/m...

<snip>
Kroger makes almost half its roughly 14,400 in-house products, while most grocers contract with other companies to make such items. The company _ the nation's largest grocery seller aside from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. _ has the biggest self-owned manufacturing operation with 40 factories, followed by Safeway Inc., which has 32.

Making store-brand products itself gives companies better control over costs and production decisions, a key advantage as consumers' recession-driven frugality eats into sales and grocers cut prices. Less than four weeks after Kroger executives approved producing ice cream in four-quart pails at the plant here, hundreds of thousands had reached stores.
<snip>


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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 08:46 AM
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30. They're also union (UFCW)
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:53 PM
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24. Lobby congress to require clear and unambiguous labelling.
I've watched over the years as this has gotten worse and worse.

Buy local, buy American.

And write letters of support to good companies, letters of complaint to bad ones, and letters complaining to congress.
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:06 PM
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15. That's about what I would expect from 'Whole' Foods.
Bastards.
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:10 PM
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17. Costco sells dried organic fruit made in China
And it's not like I live in the apple/pear producing area or anything.

Wugh. The thought of fruit grown in china, processed in china, and then shipped across the ocean....
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:13 PM
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19. Told a produce manager that the garlic he had on the shelf
Edited on Mon Feb-22-10 11:14 PM by efhmc
was from China and he said didn't think so. I insisted that he go to the back and check the original box. Sure enough. He was genuinely surprised. I almost always grow my own garlic but was short so went to HEB (Tx store) to get some and found nothing from the US. The man was really surprised. Found some from Cal at a different store, not organic but US produced, so got.
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troubledamerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:33 PM
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21. Boycott Whole Foods & their Neocon CEO
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 11:48 PM
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23. This is why I tell people that "Organic" is mostly a scam.
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 12:00 AM
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25. I found out about this last Spring when looking for organic sunflower seeds
Everywhere I looked I only found seeds from China (I refuse to buy food from China). At Whole Foods I asked a Manager why and he said no one else is growing sunflower seeds.
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LuckyLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 04:58 PM
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31. Bull-oney. He needs to do his homework.
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-24-10 09:50 AM
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40. I've searched online for organic sunflower seeds producers, the only
one I recall finding is a Canadian company but they only sell prepackaged unshelled sunflower seeds which isn't what I want. Be my guest if you can find a sunflower seed producer that isn't from China.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 12:10 AM
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26. I used to work for a supplier. They were THE LEAST PICKY chain we dealt with.
Most chains, including some of he better non-health food chains, wanted to see a lot of information about our ingredients and to get tons of samples for the corporate approval, then the samples would sell the product to the store/dept managers. WF wanted very basic ingredient info for the corporate approval, but all the store/dept managers wanted to know was how well our stuff had sold at other WF stores, and whether corporate had assigned us a slot on the shelves.

By comparison, small local health food shops tended to have the most questions about our ingredients and production. They were definitely the choosiest about their products from what I could tell in my little corner of the industry.
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jxnmsdemguy65 Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 12:26 AM
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27. I always check any frozen veggies I pick up in the store...
to make sure they aren't made in China. NEVER buy fish from China. I once mistakenly bought some farm raised salmon that had been raised there. You could taste the contamination. The whole package went in the garbage.
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create.peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 12:32 AM
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28. don't buy salt-water farmed fish at all! or farmed shellfish...nt
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:08 PM
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33. I read the label of everything I buy and if the food says "Made in China" I don't buy it. I don't
care how "organic" it is. If it's from China, it's instantly suspect regarding labor, trade, and environmental regulations.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:13 PM
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34. I posted this a while back:
Your organic food: Made in China Part 1. Why you should give a hill of beans about it


http://vtdigger.org/2009/12/02/your-organic-food-made-i... /
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:16 PM
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35. One more reason for me to continue going to New Seasons here in Portland instead...
Edited on Tue Feb-23-10 05:17 PM by cascadiance
Buy local! Buy local!
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:22 PM
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36. US Pharma companies buy many of their component drugs from China...
did anyone notice a price cut in prescriptions?


mark
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:25 PM
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37. also vitamins. e.g. most vit c comes from china,
Edited on Tue Feb-23-10 05:25 PM by Hannah Bell
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/20037...


Chinese pharmaceutical companies also have taken over much of the world market in the production of antibiotics, analgesics, enzymes and primary amino acids. According to an industry group, China makes 70 percent of the world's penicillin, 50 percent of its aspirin and 35 percent of its acetaminophen (often sold under the brand name Tylenol), as well as the bulk of vitamins A, B12, C and E.
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