I buy trusted Canadian brands and usually do not look at the labels. After listening to PM Harper about what might or might not be in the cans on my shelf, I went on an inspection tour of my pantry....the results were not pretty. First listen to the video, then let me share my results with you.
This is an idea I wholeheartedly agree with, it will help Canadian farmers, but most importantly, it will give consumer's a better idea of what we are buying.
My results, from a random sample of my pantry. (Accurate 19 times out of 20 HA!)
Hunt's Tomato Sauce...fine print, Product of the U.S.A.
Dole Pineapple Tidbits...Product of the Philippines (no big shock there)
Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup... no clue, nothing stated
Heinz Chili Style Beans...union made, where facilities exist, no idea where the actual beans are from.
Money's Mushrooms...Prepared for...where facilities exist...(small print) Product of P.R. of China
Kraft Pizza Kit...Carton made with 100% recycled fibres, made with real Kraft 100% grated parmesan cheese, where the ingredients come from? No clue!
Not one Made in Canada or Product of Canada in that random sample. These are all trusted "Canadian" brands, I buy them over "no-name" brands because I trust the quality of their product. I will still buy them, but, my eyes are a little wider open now.
What is with this...prepared for, where facilities exist label? It seems they slap a Canadian address on the label and pretend it was produced here. That needs to be cleaned up while we are cleaning up labelling practices.
I thought I was buying healthy foods, now, I'm not so sure.
So, check out your pantries, can anyone actually find a Made in Canada or Product of Canada label? I'd be interested to know what brand/product it is.
Made in Canada EH???