In the last few years, many toys being imported from China and sold everywhere, contained lead paint. Scary stuff considering at the time my toddlers were gnawing on Thomas the Tank Engine's face; we didn't have the affected models, but who knows how many they even tested.
So it bothers me that about half the labels on packaged here food say "Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients." What is that?
I'm guessing it should say, "Some of the ingredients (but we're not telling you which ones) are from somewhere (probably China, but you didn't really want to know that). Eat at your own risk."
I want to know where the products are made, and where the ingredients came from, isn't that only fair? It seems in Australia we are fortunate that a lot of food is grown and manufactured here. The problem is it's been determined that it's too costly (and detrimental to trade agreements) to put the country of origin for each ingredient on the label. Well that really sucks for me, because I kind of wanted to make informed choices about what I'm buying.
After looking at some stuff I have in my pantry shipped in from America, I can safely assume the U.S. is doing a far worse job of food policing. And to give credit where credit is due, at least one company in New Zealand lets their consumers in on where their ingredients come from.
Wouldn't it be amazing if they stopped using harmful pesticides and/or chemicals in and on the food we eat?
Don't let my rant deceive you, my pantry currently contains many not-so-wholesome items, probably made from "local and imported" ingredients, but I am hoping, with manufacturers' help, I can be more informed, so I can make better choices. (Did I use that apostrophe properly? Were there too many commas in that sentence? I'm open to suggestions on all of this, including my punctuation).