(6/03/2015) Tampa, Fl --- There is something annoying towards people's attitudes towards where and when they buy their food but also towards analyzing consumers attitude there are signs of racism and xenophobia towards where the products are harvested as well how the supermarkets market that idea to the consumers that if is not from the U.S.A is not the best.
What I see when people check where their products are from is a little bit on how they preach tolerance. It's just amazing on to listen customers asking clerks if the tomatoes were harvested in the USA even if the product already has the information on it, just to later listen a really morbid reply such as - You know, I don't want any tomato if it was picked a any dirty Indian. - The list can be quite long towards radial insults.
The laws according to the USDA are quite direct as they state as Country of Origin Labeling is a labeling law that requires retailers, such as full-line grocery stores, supermarkets, and club warehouse stores, notify their customers with information regarding the source of certain foods. Food products, (covered commodities) contained in the law include muscle cut and ground meats: beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and ginseng. Regulations for fish and shellfish covered commodities (7 CFR Part 60) became effective in 2005. The final rule for all covered commodities (7 CFR Part 60 and Part 65) went into effect on March 16, 2009. AMS is responsible for administration and enforcement of COOL.
Albeit it leaves open to interpretation as the supermarkets don't need to state the obvious unless the product has no way to label the information on the product itself. Tomatoes are one example, Plum or Royal as they have no stickers and as is by law to let the consumer be informed based on their own decisions if they want to purchase the product that is OK, but when the product has the information and yet the customer seems to be puzzled that the product can't be from the United States there is a moment that is OK to reevaluate some of the laws and regulations.
One example that always catch my attentions are the plums and nectarines, as in the United States there are two seasons where these products are brought in the market one of them in winter time comes from Chile and the other on summer comes from Georgia. People seem not to be pleased when the products in question come from Chile as some people create an imagery of political perversion as if every country of Latin America was much as Cuba or Venezuela.
Is incredible how a small piece of information can bring the worse of people by just let their imagination run wild, at the same time I believe that the so called wars on foods are a mere first world problem where people just like to bitch and complaint about what they are eating. Such as some people are obsessed with the organic labeling and the NON GMO project lebel which is more of a mere commodity and a trend to justify the segregation within the goods they are buying.
Another example are the kiwifruit which the biggest producers across the world are located in Chile and New Zeland but yet there is that 'Murica sentiment that it they what we consume has to be only produced in the United States, again bringing the topic of politics to the dinner table. Probably the labeling it goes beyond and mere racism because it can border some nationalistic ideas about communal belonging and self identification towards the culture of a land.