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post #1 of 21
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Yesterday one of the butchers I use told me that the poison that was found in pet food has now shown up in human food as well, in hogs in California and other places.

Thousands of Hogs May Have Eaten Contaminated Feed

Pet Food Contamination Scandal Spreads to Pork, FDA Opens Criminal Investigation

One of the articles notes that the Chinese are notably corrupt and dishonest wrt the food products they export, yet companies here continue to buy from them. Both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods offer numerous USDA organic items that have their origin in China. You may or may not care, however, I read labels carefully, and if an item comes from China, I just don't buy it.

Unfortunately, not all products have a label that tells the origin of the food or ingredients in the package, so you've got to be careful and ask questions - sometimes lots of questions.

OCA: Take Action

Shel
post #2 of 21
Great I have several parties coming up with pork loin on the menu.....
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post #3 of 21
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Buy your pork from known, reputable vendors and you should be OK ...

Shel
post #4 of 21
The piggy guys in Cape G....just concerning seeing the contamination spread through various species, not a surprise for me, but you wonder who's watching the food supplies and how closely they are paying attention.
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post #5 of 21
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IMO,no one's really watching, although some are reacting to the problem. The FDA sold out to corporate interests years ago. You might be surprised (well, you might not be) as to who owns these little happy family products we see on the supermarket and natural grocery store shelves.
post #6 of 21
It's time we had a private agency start watching stuff. Like the NSF, but only with the food supply.
post #7 of 21
Ummm.......The Chinese may be corrupt, but look a little closer, O.K.?

Seems to me a Rep from a very large meat packing Co. that starts with an "H" was quoted as saying that he favoured feeding their cattle on ditchwater, newspaper,and grapefruit peels, and commented on the lean to fat ratio was great and so was the taste.

Might even be able to dig up the newspaper article too.....
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post #8 of 21
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Sounds like you'd be proud to serve such meat to your customers ... or am I reading you wrong?

Shel
post #9 of 21
I'm sure we have the same problems in Canada

I buy my pork from a local butcher, I'll talk too him about it.
post #10 of 21
This topic is weird. It has to do with our food supply, but little to do with cooking. If it goes further off I will probably shut it down.
post #11 of 21
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It's important, IMO. Move it to another section ... there are lots of threads here that have nothing to do with cooking, per se.

Shel
post #12 of 21
Maybe later.
post #13 of 21
Nope, I have no intentions of serving that kind of meat. The comment about about fat to lean and great taste was directly from the Rep's own mouth.
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post #14 of 21
Where our food comes from and contaminations are pretty relevant to cooking and have a history on this site. How we chose to discuss it is Key. Through the years there have been some inflametory subjects REAL FLAME THROWERS......it was not pleasant to watch the sparks flying. Hurt feelings, nasty posts....not good nor conducieve to learning/conversing. There's just got to be a respect for differing opinions even if they suck and have no regard for our environment. :) (could not help it....slips out)

I can remember a heated debate over whether cooking is an art form or craft.....boy was that a verbal joust, it all comes down to how each individual percieves what he's doing.

If you go through the archives several years, honestly I don't know how long Nicko saves that shtuff, you'll find all kinds of threads on organics and local food.
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post #16 of 21
Yes that NSF.
post #17 of 21
This makes me realize that the more dependent we are on other sources for our food, the less control we have and the more vulnerable we are.

I love Trader Joe's. I've been a regular customer since they opened in our community a few years ago. Is it only their pork that comes from China, or other items as well? I don't eat pork anymore (pigs are scavengers and were created to clean up the barnyard) so that doesn't worry me, but am wondering about other food items.

I also avoid produce that comes from 3rd world nations.

Why would melamine be in food anyway? Don't they make dishes with that stuff?
post #18 of 21
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many of their canned beans are from China, their organic frozen broccoli is from China, as are many of their frozen vegetables. Just go up and down the frozen food aisle, pick up the packages, and carefully read the labels. Much of frozen food is outsourced: Russia, Thailand, Singapore, China, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Chile ... but it's the stuff from China that troubles me the most.

Around here one can but Niman Ranch Pork - escellent quality. Some of TJ's dairy products are excellent quality as well as they buy locally from some of the best producers in the area.

Read the labels - carefully! Sometimes it's hard to find where an item comes from.

Shel
post #19 of 21
Thanks, Shel, for that information. I carefully read the ingredient labels but have overlooked which country the food originated, except for produce.
post #20 of 21
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Around here, much of their "fresh" produce comes from Mexico - basil, zucchini, tomatoes, some of the lettuce, I forget what all else. Mexico is troublesome in some instances ever since I read and heard a verified report that some organic produce coming from their fields was irrigated by run off (washing) water from a jeans plant. Who knows what crap was in that water.

In fairness to TJ's, a lot of the same product is sold in the organic markets, like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, our local natural groceries, and the like. WF is, however, making a point of buying as much locally raised produce as possible, so that's a plus for them. They also label the items as to where it comes from, whether it's organic or standard, and so forth. But again, even though the information is there (at least in the WF stores I frequent), you sometimes actually have to look at the signs and labels.

Shel
post #21 of 21
Thank you :)
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