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 
same.

 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 
provinces.

 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 
“wholesale”
 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 
Canada!!

 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 
trading privileges?

 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 
without.

 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.  
Too bad…

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
we get!

13 Responses to “THE JOY And Effects OF MUNCHING On Chinese Imports – Professor Bob”

  1. Fenris Badwulf Says:

    I will redouble my efforts at reading labels and shop accordingly.

  2. The Mayor Says:

    The Mayor will redouble his efforts and have his houseboy, Cheeves, shop accordingly.

  3. john s Says:

    Hear hear!
    At the root of the problem is the reluctance of Canadians to pay what their food is worth. As long as the lowest price rules it will be difficult for local produce to compete. Funny how we will spend a few hundred on a single night out but nothing at all to improve the quality (and dare I say ethical value) of the food we eat every day.

  4. Walter Garbotz Says:

    Prof Bob: Remember when our cats and dogs were dying of kidney failure? Turns out it was Chinese pet food laced with melamine crystals. The melamine crystals would trigger a higher protein reading when the North American ‘re-packagers’ bought the pet food at the wholesale level. Inert pet food and melamine crystals would be sold as low-cost/high-protein wholesale pet food. Our cats and dogs had their kidneys shredded due to the Chinese spin on Capitalism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_protein_adulteration

    Read and weep.

    Bon appetit!

  5. Walter Garbotz Says:

    Good to have Professor Bob posting again! Jus’ sayin’!

  6. The Mayor Says:

    He’s back from sabbatical.

  7. marc in calgary™ Says:

    “In my judgment, it is pretty safe to assume that any ultra-filtered honey on store shelves is Chinese honey and it’s even safer to assume that it entered the country uninspected and in violation of federal law,”
    “There is only one reason to ultra-filter honey and there’s nothing good about it”

    “It’s no secret to anyone in the business that the only reason all the pollen is filtered out is to hide where it initially came from and the fact is that in almost all cases, that is China.”

    Scroll down to the photo of good honey viewed through a microscope, for the quotes

    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.UOouf44Zc20

    Thanks for the information regarding the chinese pickle invasion, probably not any more harmful than their Frankenfish / Snakeheads that turned up in BC last year, but still it’s best to be careful.

  8. marc in calgary™ Says:

    Just to add to my previous comment, we in Cow-town use “McKenzie’s” Honey, It_is_excellent. A family owned biz. While reading through their website I noted they’ve had a biz relationship with Armstrong Cheese, just to note who makes the best cheese in this neck of the woods…

    http://www.goldenacreshoney.com/home.html?target=dept_1.html&lang=en-us

  9. beachnut Says:

    Marc in Calgary….
    But think about the Quark.
    What about The Quark?

    Gotta love cheese, right?

  10. Nat Says:

    I will continue to buy foreign products, and will not succumb to hysterical protectionism such as the above. If Chinese garlic is cheaper, I will use it. I’ll rely on Canadian gov’t regulations and inspections, even though they aren’t completely reliable.

  11. hktony Says:

    You are probably right Chinese foods can be risky. I live in hk and rarely buy food from china. But it must be pointed out people such as canadians and americans companies buy from china. The Chinese are not giving it away. The importers know or should know some chinese foods are poor quality but they want to make money. This occurs with hard goods too. American firms buy whole production lines from chinese manufacturers and squeeze the chinese until the margins are gone at which point the americans walk away have distroyed a company. Many chinese companies no longer answer the enquiries from USA firms. Lets take a look and who is doing the buying and how they do it before we plame china for the ills of the world.

  12. Fenris Badwulf Says:

    I have abandoned myself to hysterical protectionism. If it is not made here, I do not buy it.

    Our government has failed in performing the duties of inspection of imports for quality, healthy, and standards. The only safeguard of quality, health, and standards is now culture: the product must be produced by my culture for me to spend my money on it.

    As for the parasite corporations that buy cheap from foreign sources, they can go to hell. Soon enough some activist will publish their names and addresses; this can be cross referenced with the published ‘gun permit’ database.

    I do not blame China for the ills of the world. ‘China’ is a brand like all the others in the marketplace. Your brand is weakened when you become associated with melamine poisoning. This is the reality of the invisible hand of the market. Wake up, China, and purge the scum who are making you look bad.

  13. Mitchieville » Blog Archive » Food Fraud – Eat This, Don’t Eat That Says:

    [...] Professor Bob was right, food fraud is on the rise, and there’s a non-profit organization with a terribly long name that can prove it: US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), an independent scientific non-profit organization, announced Wednesday that its updated database showed incidences of food fraud increasing dramatically in 2011 and 2012. [...]

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