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I’ve always tried hard to keep an open mind on all issues, whether religion, trade, national security, you name it. I’ve now changed my mind on an issue I’ve worked on for more than 20 years as a food lobbyist (now retired): country of origin labeling.
It’s been an uphill battle, until now. Most Americans have long been interested in knowing where their products come from, even if they have to meet the same safety standards as domestic products. That’s mostly true in the food world. My argument: all foods sold in the US have to meet the same safety and labeling standards, no matter where grown or raised. Even though we know that most of the world’s food safety “issues” seem to come from products made in two countries (there are others, in fairness): Mexico, but especially China. And frankly, most Americans really haven’t changed their buying habits because of country of origin labeling. But I think that’s about to change, and in a big way.
China, thanks to its malevolence in this whole coronavirus issue (we are just beginning to learn just how bad they are), has confirmed its status as a malign, untrustworthy, corrupt and evil player. While the United States lives by international trade rules and should NOT automatically terminate trade in Chinese ingredients and products, it is now in our national, if not our personal interest to know that they originate from a truly Evil Empire that means us harm, or worse.
I suspect that Congress might just be in a mood to ensure prominent country of origin labeling for products made in China, or clear labeling that products are made with ingredients or components made in China, very prominently. Not just food, of course, but everything – minerals, technology, you name it.
Did you know, for example, that nearly all dietary supplements, vitamins, and those they add to foods, are derived from China? You probably didn’t, since it’s not disclosed. That needs to change.
So, as a means to discourage consumption of Chinese products, I’m all in on “country of origin” labeling, including disclosing that ingredients or components come from China. First, it will show us just how much we depend on this wonderful country and people under the control of an evil communist government. Second, do not be misled by the claim by some US companies that this is their manufacturing that happens to be in China. China requires that almost all American or foreign enterprises in China be established as a joint venture with a state-owned entity, under strict conditions (and high taxes).
Let your Member of Congress know that it is time.Published in