THE JOY And Effects OF MUNCHING On Chinese Imports – Professor Bob
It’s of some importance for all of us. Very interesting. I was
surprised by the “NO NAME BRAND” and “PRESIDENT’S CHOICE”, I thought they would be both the
Well, add Safeway brand to this list… A couple of weeks ago I bought
bread & butter pickles… they were disgusting, soft & mushy…they
were made in India. I checked a jar of the Safeway brand relish (I
bought it because I wanted a tall jar) – made in India! What the heck,
don’t we have cucumbers in Canada?
Anyway, I returned the pickles to Safeway, no problem there,
explaining the situation, the customer service person said, “What?” -
checked the label and said, “I would never dream they were made in
India and I am not a pickle person although I just bought a jar to
take to a function but I will bring them back tomorrow.” I told her I
would be phoning head office to tell them that Safeway Canada products
should be made in Canada not India.
Next day I phoned the Canada Safeway head office customer service. I
had a nice, long and very funny chat with the rep. After telling my
story, she asked, “Why are pickles made in India, what type of pickles
were they…?” [Bread & Butter]. She said, “I just bought a jar last
night being true to my Safeway brand…. but I never read the label.”
She could not believe that the pickles were made in India and said
that she will return them.” In awe she said, “we have tons of
cucumbers in Canada.”
She said she was writing up two reports, one to Corporate and one to
buyers with my concerns. We both had a good laugh when I said, “…
well there is some good in this — I will be reading my Safeway labels
and not assuming because it says Safeway Canada that it is Canadian
produce.” I told her I will not be buying any products like this. She
was really funny, then she said, “What about the relish?” I said it
was comparable with other no name products and I only bought it
because I wanted a tall jar to put my Bick’s relish in it but I will
not be buying it again because it is made in India. She then said, “I
am going to write that one up as well… I just cannot believe it!”
Now you’re telling me Bick’s is not made in Canada ….. anyone got a
home canner? Time for a revolt!
Imported food we eat – interesting & scary food info here. Look even
more carefully at labels now.
Did you know, Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China and so are
most of Europe’s Best! Arctic Gardens is OK.
Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked product
of USA or Canada, the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse
than chicken poop).
Buy only local honey, much honey is shipped in in huge containers from
China and re-packed here.
Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria.
Doesn’t work anyway, big scam. If the country of origin is not clearly
marked – beware… if unsure, ask an employee.
Watch out for packages which state “prepared for”, “packed by” or
“imported by”. I don’t understand the lack of mandatory labelling in
BC, especially the produce. In Ontario, the country of origin has to
be clearly shown on the item in the store; not sure about other
I go to the local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open
the rest of the year.
Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom. It’s of
some importance for all of us.
How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper — than having it
produced in Canada or at least the U. S.?
For example the “Our Family” brand of the mandarin oranges says right
on the can from China… so for a few more cents buy the Liberty Gold
brand or Dole from California.
Beware: Costco sells canned peaches & pears, in a plastic jar, that
come from China.
In fact watch Costco carefully in every respect – they claim to be
in their name but are rip-off artists – you pay a “membership” to be
screwed big dollars on most stuff they offer.
All “High Liner” and most other frozen fish products come from China
or Indonesia. the package may say “pacific salmon” on the front, but
look for the small print.
Most of these products come from fish farms in the Orient and there
are no regulations on what is fed to these fish.
Recently the Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Gov’t how
Chinese feed the fish… they suspend the chicken wire crates over the
fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken excrement.
Canadian Government recommended and stressed NOT to buy any type of
fish imported from China. If you search the Internet and learn what
the Chinese feed their fish you’ll be alarmed, eg. growth hormones,
expired anti-biotics from humans…
Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries:
Vietnam, China, Philippines….
Check this out yourself.
Bick’s have recently ceased operations in Canada – don’t buy them.
Stienfeld’s Pickles are made in India – just as bad! But many NoName
pickles are made in Canada ..
Another example is canned mushrooms. NoName brand came from
Indonesia… Next to them were President Choice brand… Product of
Also check those little fruit cups we give to our children. They used
to be made here in Canada in the Niagara region, until about 2 years
ago…..They are now packaged in China!
While the Chinese, export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous
toys and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings
its hands and criticizes the Obama Administration and the Harper
Government for perceived errors. Yet 70% of North Americans believe
that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be
suspended!! Well, duh. Why do you need the government to suspend
Simply do it yourself… buy only items from Canada & USA.
Look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says ‘Made in
China’ or ‘PRC’ (which now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another
product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are
on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use
real ones and benefit some North American farmer. Easter is just an
example; the point is not waiting for the government to act… Just go
ahead and assume control on your own.
Canadian Thermos bottles were made here for many years. Thermos sold
out in the 1990’s and now the bottles, those that keep our food warm > or cold are now made in CHINA. We lost—about 200 jobs!
THINK ABOUT THIS:
If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese
goods, that’s a four billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our
favour… fast! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will
feel a temporary pinch from having stockpiles of foreign inventory.
Just one month of trading losses, will hit the Chinese for 8% of their
North American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves
if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.
START NOW and don’t stop.
Send this to everybody you know. Let’s unite and show them that we are
intelligent Canadians /Americans, and NOBODY can take us for granted.
If we can’t live without cheap Chinese goods… well we deserve what