Saturday, June 27, 2009
Who Did I Think Was Looking After Me?
The government? More likely my good fairy! I have never been a label or tag reader but I am now and I wonder which rock I've been living under. Oh I knew the Dollar stores had a lot of little things made in China and other countries but nothing that affected me too much. I didn't think or worry much about it. I never thought I would be wearing a nightgown made in Pakistan. Its cute alright. Animal print with a tiger face on front but I couldn't believe when I read that tag printed in bold letters Made In Pakistan. I ordered several things from a company I considered an upstanding good American company. The second item is made in China. The third box I haven't opened but I would bet my bottom dollar it isn't made in the good ole USA. Recently I had made up my mind to make a Crazy Orange salad to take to John's granddaughter's graduation party. Just so happens the recipe calls for Mandarin oranges. A few days before I had recieved an e-mail about someone having to buy a better brand of Mandarin oranges to get some not from China. I found this hard to believe so off to Wal*Mart I go to get my ingrediants for my salad. When I get to the canned fruit isle I start reading labels. Yep the cheaper brand has China on it. Okay Ms. Tightwad is going to show them and pay more for some from the USA. Well folks just keep on reading down the label and it will be printed clearly but in tiny print a product of China. I'm sorry to say I bought two cans, made the salad, and felt guilty with every bite I took. There was no Mandarin oranges without the word China on them. The e-mail was encouraging people to not buy those things and pay more and purchase products from the USA. Its hard to do that when you live in a small town where there is only Wal*Mart and Dollar stores. I will be checking out the Mandarin oranges at the only grocery store as soon as I have a chance. I also recieved an e-mail with horrible pictures of ladies who had worn bras made in another country. It was warning to be sure to wash these clothes before wearing them. I was a little skeptical since the ladies only had this horrible rash (really worse then a rash) on one side. You would think it would affect both sides but then it could be true I suppose. If you see me squinting at a can in the isles of the store I'll be reading the labels. Probably can't do anything about it but complain but it does upset me that I've been eating Mandarin oranges (for how long) from China and didn't even know it and its my fault for trusting.