snoqueen wrote:Interesting to note a lot of apple juice comes from China, which has a perfectly awful record for purity of food products.
Do any of you guys buy food that says it's from China? I sure don't.
The supply chain for a lot of stuff is so complicated and/or ephemeral that it can be nearly impossible to really know if something was made in China. The horrific case a few years ago where children's cough syrup in Central America was "sweetened" with propylene glycol from China, leading to multiple deaths, is a good example. It took quite some time to trace the propylene glycol back to a supplier in China, because the number of intermediate buyers was enormous. And that, as I remember, was not a case of malicious substitution, but simply a mistake, unlike the melamine in the dairy products that poisoned thousands of Chinese children more recently.
This is one argument for buying as locally as possible: the shorter the supply chain, the fewer the opportunities for error or mischief. Local does not automatically mean safe, but it does make it easier to verify the safety of the products than ephemeral, global sourcing does.