Waiting for Wednesday….

Waiting for more open food labeling. So Whole Foods  sells a lot of Organic stuff from China??????? Organic and China don’t sound right together…. Never mind the distance your food has traveled….

Check this out

Here is an internal document from WF, look how many are from CHINA! Boo to Whole Foods the new leader of the Greenwashing Movement!

Poo, or should I say, manure on Horizon Organics, too! Not as Organic as they seem…The article is older so they MAY have improved, but only because they HAD to…

This article comes from Food and Water Watch, I hope they don’t mind me borrowing their info, since I am giving them credit, and trying to spread the word! 🙂

First of all, what is covered by the COOL regulations?

fish sticksSeafood has been covered since 2005. Now beef, poultry, lamb, goat, some nuts (peanuts, pecans, and macadamias), fresh and some frozen fruits and vegetables, and ginseng have to be labeled with their country of origin. This requirement applies to retailers (grocery stores). The labeling is not required at restaurants or specialty markets (like fish markets, butcher shops, or roadside stands).

So for foods that are covered, what are the loopholes?

The rules for COOL exempt “processed” versions of the foods that are covered by the law. And unfortunately, USDA defined the word “processed” in the broadest way they could, so that the maximum amount of food is exempted from labeling. The rules now exempt things that are:

So what does this mean at the store?

Spinach & LettuceWell, while nuts are covered by the law, most nuts sold in grocery stores are roasted, so they won’t be labeled. Raw seafood requires a label, but if it is cooked or smoked, no label. The same goes for meat, so a lot of product in the pork section of the meat case is exempt because it is smoked or cured. And it’s not just meat. The rule that adding one ingredient exempts products from labeling means that lots of frozen vegetables (think peas and carrots) and salad mixes don’t have to be labeled.

How can meat be the product of more than one country?

You are likely to see something in the meat case labeled as “product of U.S., Mexico, and Canada” or some other combination that lists more than one place. How can a cow or a pig be from more than one country? Well, there are a couple scenarios. One is that the animal was born in one country, but entered another country to be raised or slaughtered. Another is that a package of ground meat might contain parts of multiple animals — who might be from different countries.

Ugly MeatHow to handle these “multi-country” labels has been controversial, and not surprisingly, the USDA is letting the meat packers take advantage of the situation. Some companies are using these multi-country (or “North American”) labels on product that is actually from animals that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States. Why would they pass up the chance to sell something as a “product of the U.S.”? We’re not sure, but lots of farming and ranching groups think it is to keep from having to pay them more for animals that are eligible for a U.S. label.


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