Is it just me or doesn’t everyone want to know where their food comes from? More and more I find myself wondering about this – especially at the grocery store. Rarely do you see a package label that says “Made in Mexico” or “Product of the USA” or “Made in China”. You see this with fresh fruits and vegetables but packaged foods usually has the address of the distributor and not the country of origin. And you never see the country of origin listed for ingredients.
I’ve been wondering about this more and more as I read articles about tainted foods – bagged salad, milk, baby formula, meat, dog food. What next?
There is a food safety movement underway to require enhanced food package labeling so consumers can know where the food in a package really comes from. That’s important because some regions and countries are less concerned about food quality standards and regulations and this opens the possibility of tainted food. There are two good articles about this. One is a University of Texas blog entry about global food procurement (where do the ingredients from a Nutri-Grain bar come from) (http://studyfood.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/agriculture-and-global-food-procurement/) and an online article in Food Safety News (http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/04/a-question-of-origin/#.Uv0SNrR7d7w ). Good reading.