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Made in America
I was surfing the net for a new dry cat food for Abby because the stories of animals becoming ill after eating their usual brands and their owners discovering the brand was made in China or some other country without food standards or regulations, got me worried. So I've been searching like crazy and finally my brain kicked in (probably due to a Gibbs' head slap) and I typed into my search engine:
"Dry cat food made in America"...and I found this fantastic site called PetFoodDirect. Once there, I typed the same search into their search engine and like...500+ pages showed up! I'm ashamed to say I have no intention of buying from them, I just wanted names of food made here so I can then buy it at PetCo *waves at gershwhen* and I found TONS.

Now I also have to admit that not only have the stories about bad pet food (especially coming from China) scared me and got me into this search, but also a sense of duty. We've lost so many manufacturing jobs that finding products "Made in America" ain't easy, you know? But after the success with the cat food, I'm going to start using that phrase whenever I need to find something. Maybe if more of us did the same, it would encourage more manufacturing jobs to come back.

And yes, I'm not naive, I know darn well that most of our manufacturing plants have been moved to countries without the so-called 'stifling' American regulations (which, btw, without said 'pesky' regulations, corporations experience a better bottom line and much bigger bonuses!), but gosh darn it, our regulations accomplish things: like a safer work environment; regulations on quality control; regulations on how a company can get rid of their waste, etc.. And of course, most of our workers (before they were laid off when the plant they worked at was moved to "Beki-Beki-Beki stan stan" *snort) were protected by unions, thus ensuring a fair wage, benefits and a guarantee of no "at will" terminations. And as we all know, overseas in China (and in the third-world countries) where we've moved our plants, none of those pesky details are in place to 'disturb' the profit-making ability. So you know, I'm thinking it's time to bring back an old commercial, but with slightly different lyrics. Remember the jingle, "Look for, the Union Label...."? Yeah, that one. All we need to do is add to it..."Look for the Union Label on the Made in America product!" Then we start really working hard to buy only American?

BTW: Here are just three of the common brands I found at PetFoodDirect that I can get at PetCo (and that turned out to be made in America):
  1. Fancy Feast Gourmet Gold Filet Mignon Flavor With Seafood and Shrimp Dry Cat Food (among other flavors)
  2. Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Cat Food Dry (among other flavors)
  3. Friskies Indoor Delights Cat Food Dry (among other flavors)
I was also surprised at the number of specialty cat foods (made for specific health conditions, like renal issues, heart, etc), most of which can't be purchased at pet stores as they're usually available only from a vet or at a pet clinic (where we usually pay through the nose for them) - all were at reasonable prices and on the average with a savings of $10 or more from what we'd pay at a pet clinic! Let's hear it for "Made in America"!!!

Anyway, I thought this was worth sharing - and yes, dog food too! :)

*wanders off to search for "Made in America" Plus size clothing*

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cross_stitchery From: cross_stitchery Date: May 25th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
just one note of warning. if it's anything like NZ, "made in America" does not necessarily mean "made from foods grown in America". the ingredients may still be sourced from China or other countries of concern. only the end product may be made in America. check the labelling. in NZ goods will, sometimes, show where the food is sourced, but it's not required.

also, FWIW, it's not that China doesn't have standards, it's that Western companies view China as a source of everything cheap. they request tenders from the Chinese companies and select the lowest tender without considering whether it's a sustainable price. then the successful company has to cut costs buy adding fillers or cutting quality. it's just as illegal in China as it is in the USA, and the penalties potentially much harsher.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, that's one of the things I checked before

choosing my final product - and all the food products are obtained by local sustainable farmers, thank goodness. As for China, I can't quite see it as you do :( - they've had multiple issues with regulating their own food safety production let alone for what they produce to export or manufacture for us - mostly due to having so many agencies (too many cooks spoil the broth kind of thing). And the agencies they do have are under fire for lack of responsiveness and action when complaints and problems arise.

Add to all that is the fact that the land, the soil quality, is so poor (especially compared to ours and other nations) that they need - and do use - extensive pesticides and unregulated fertilizers. They have a long way to go before they become a producer of anything that I would trust. :( I now refuse to buy from some very popular 'names' because not only do they no longer produce here, but their products are produced in China under deplorable conditions. All we seem to have done is swap the US sweat shops of the 80's and 90's for the Chinese sweat shops of today. :( But then, that's WHY so many companies now outsource their production - they don't care how their stuff gets made, only that it costs pennies on the dollar and their profits are therefore increased. :(

Oops, soap box again. I really need to burn the darn thing! LOL! Sorry for the unloading. :(
cross_stitchery From: cross_stitchery Date: May 28th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yeah, that's one of the things I checked before

oh yeah, there are massive problems in China in that whole area, as NZ found to its cost (one of our major milk suppliers had bought a part share in the company that produced the tainted baby formula) and i certainly wouldn't buy food made in China. however the western companies who don't bother to enquire into how the Chinese can deliver such low prices (Apple, i'm looking at you) are equally culpable.
gillianinoz From: gillianinoz Date: May 25th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Pet food is a tricky one. I assume in the US it's the same as here in Australia. Tgere are no regulations governing what goes in pet food. It's pretty scary.

And of course after my poor boy Sam being poisoned by Chinese made treats and eventually dying because of the kidney damage they caused, I am extra conscious of where and how food is made.

I tried natural diets but my boys don't do well with raw meat. And I've tried cooking for them, but frankly that can be pretty expensive and time consuming. Also I'm a crappy cook!

But whatever I get them is the highest quality Australian made pet food available. I don't even buy US or European food for them, as apparently it is irradiated when it's brought ino the country.

After Sam's poisoning we changed our entire household shopping habits. Aussie made only in this house! After all, the melamine that destroyed Sam's kidneys was the same thing Chinese manufacturers used in baby milk. BABY milk.

If they would do that in their own country, imagine the standards for food and other consumables shipped overseas?





jessriley From: jessriley Date: May 26th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reading your post had me running to the cupboard to check labels. I feed my dogs a variety of brands, all say 'made in Australia' but don't say if the ingredients are sourced in Australia. I did some surfing and found a company who claim they use only Australian ingredients. They also sell it through Pet Barn. Think I'll give them a try.

http://www.nutro.com.au/
gillianinoz From: gillianinoz Date: May 27th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link - I look it up. Sometimes the best option can seem dear - but it's cheaper than vet bills!

And of course keeping the boys healthy is the best for them.

From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not really anonymous - it's me, aly

I looked at Nutro hard, but they've had some very bad press - mostly because they refused to admit to some food issues in spite of scientific reports that some of their ingredients violated our regulations. But that was here in the US - so hopefully Nutro in Australia is handled far better (and the original Nutro - before they sold to the Mars Corporation - was a very trustworthy company whereas Mars is...well...a corporation that owns tons of brands and can easily afford to cut corners and settle the law suits). :(
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Exactly!

I'm pretty sure the food I was giving Lucy contributed to her death. :( And I am NOT going to make that same mistake with Abby. *hugs the fuzz ball hard*
ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: May 25th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I really agree with you. I pay extra for the only dry food my dog will eat, but its worth it. He eats and stays healthy.

I hate that companies have moved their plants overseas.
aprilvalentine From: aprilvalentine Date: May 25th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's important to purchase things made in America. I've followed some of the reports on, I think, ABC, where people re-furnish their homes with all Made in USA stuff and I think that's the right thing to do, which as I replace some needed items, I'm trying to do. I watch my pet food ingredients and I've even started making my own treats by making my own chicken jerky for the dogs with my dehydrator (I can make jerky for myself with it too, of course, as well as dried fruit and such.) While I was with the rescue group, I had to take whatever donated food we were given for them, but I'm mostly buying my own now so I try to be careful. I will definitely check this site out. Sasha who is 3 now has had a few tummy issues so I have to watch what she eats.

ETA: I checked the site and found some good tough chew toys that I ordered plus found that they will contact my vet and send me heartworm medication too. I'm pleased with that since the vet I use is a good distance from my home and since I don't have a car now it's hard to get out there. This will save me time and $$ both.



Edited at 2012-05-25 06:14 pm (UTC)
sallye From: sallye Date: May 27th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
hey! thanks for the link! I've been sweating the same thing, only for my dogs. we've recently had to switch Jake to the Hill's J/D prescription food. He developed arthritis and it's really seemed to help. Now I want to switch Charlene over to a 'made in the USA' food. Next time I go to my mom's, I'll be stopping in Petsmart. The price makes me cry, but I feel safer with them eating food that won't kill them, ya know?

plus size clothes? retirement has NOT been kind to me! Let me know what you find!
my_lil_darlin From: my_lil_darlin Date: May 30th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, if you can find a USA-made source of plus sized clothing, I hope you'll pass it on to us here on your LJ. I cannot remember the last time I bought any article of clothing, in any size, for males, females or children, that wasn't made outside the US-- often in southeast Asia.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: May 31st, 2012 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

I haven't found any yet. :(

but still trying....
my_lil_darlin From: my_lil_darlin Date: May 31st, 2012 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I haven't found any yet. :(

We just bought my husband 5 new shirts at JC Penney-- he wears a regular size L or XL, so not big and tall or anything. Two shirts were from Lotheo (never heard of-- he said he suspects it's South Africa). One shirt from Vietnam. One from Honduras. From what I understand, it's virtually impossible to find American-made clothing any more, unless you want to buy custom tailored things.
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