Good-bye to NABISCO
Since my toddler days, I can recall my father, of Italian/American descent enjoying a breakfast tradition of a biscotti and coffee, sitting down at the breakfast table with Nabisco's Uneeda Biscuits and a cup of coffee.
As a schoolgirl, we often had Nabisco's graham crackers for our own breakfast. Newly married, and during my pregnancies, I ate only graham crackers for those nauseous mornings and later I mixed graham crackers with formula or my own breast milk for my infants. Graham crackers and milk were a staple for fast school-age breakfasts and included in the lunch bag as a dessert or snack. As an adult, I reached for graham crackers on those winter-sick cold-virus days when food was not appetizing. Or as a sneak low-calorie snack during serious dieting,
When I found out recently that Nabisco has already moved some and is planning to move its food operations to Mexico, I felt like I lost my family friend. Quoting from the internet,
"This sort of thing seems to be a new trend among corporations. Produce their product overseas where they can reap bigger profits because they use cheaper labor and usually don't have to deal with unions and I bet there are far less regulations & inspections by government agencies. Their greed comes at a huge loss for us."
You can say that again - for me, too. Along these lines, I have had several occurrences with overseas' products. One was with a prescription medicine I take for a chronic issue. My health provider sent me a generic brand which was made in a country I never heard of. I checked into it because it caused itching attributed - according to my doctor - from the added green dye color. I dropped the insurance company and went back to the brand name. No more itching.
The second incident was a pair of shoes I ordered online - they cost $79.99 and were on sale for $51.99. They have a sweet button on my toe line I wore them on vacation and developed infected burn blisters in that same sweet button design engraved on my toes. I investigated and they were made in China and similar to the children's burn marks from thongs made in China a few years back. Bad investment.
Also made in China was catnip we purchased for our beloved cat which was packaged in the USA but made in China. Fortunately for our cat, it was recalled (causing death in cats) before I gave it to him. I will not buy anything anymore that is made in these unregulated countries - like China & Mexico.
I will not support American companies who are so greedy to take jobs away from Americans which affects our economy negatively and/or sell less regulated products for the same price and lead us down the path to third-world status.
"Mexico offers a certification option, but it doesn't require it. The US does spot checks – on farms and at the border – but requires no standards certification. The main exporters face standards dictated by third-party auditors demanded by American clients. But some growers, they say, do not have direct relationships with the end client in the US. They sell to brokers, and some are more lax than others. That, Usabiaga says, is where the danger to all looms."
GOODBYE NABISCO NO LONGER ON MY SHELF
Here is an article from USA Today "Food Safety From Mexican Farm to Costco to your plate.
PS - Since Donald Trump called Nabisco out on 8/19/15 speech, the Mexico regulation articles that were on the internet last night are 'coincidentally not available' this morning.
Marie Coppola August 2015