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deceptive packaging is the norm

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by alexd, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I always sort of knew that "two scoops of raisins" was a vague and nebulous indicator for the actual amount of raisins in the box, but I am getting increasing pissed off at the descriptions on some of the stuff I have bought recently. Some of these companies are really stretching the truth.

    Europe's Best frozen vegetables on the front, Made in China on the back. I never buy frozen veggies but they were on sale and the big 'Europe's Best' attracted me. I never noticed the Made in China bit until I got them home. They also taste crappy and I will never buy them again.

    This morning I was eyeing my Lactania "Country Churned" butter. A nice picture of a stately country home on the box, for sure, but is it really churned in the country? Or is it actually stirred in huge stainless steel vats at some factory in Scarborough? Perhaps I will call their 1-800 number and ask them...
  2. dig this

    dig this TRIBE Member

    Made in Scarborough if you're lucky. Assume made in China unless otherwise stated.
  3. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    Deceptive Package

  4. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Yeah, deceptive claims piss me off, as well.


    * pasteurized
    ª from concentrate
    contains juice of grapes, apples, pears, cranberries, carrots, parsley (may contain berries)
  5. possibledj

    possibledj TRIBE Promoter

    also, does that mean you get a worse raisins:bran ratio in larger boxes?
  6. artemis

    artemis TRIBE Member

    There may be two scoops of raisins inside, but they never did say how large those scoop measurements actually are!
  7. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    may contain berries! WTF!
  8. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    "About yay big."

    *vague gesture*

    I just made up that example LOL
  9. I_bRAD

    I_bRAD TRIBE Member

    I bought some chorizo yesterday that said "no preservatives' and then clearly marked as the third ingredient was salt.
  10. artemis

    artemis TRIBE Member

  11. Deus

    Deus TRIBE Member

  12. I_bRAD

    I_bRAD TRIBE Member

    how is that arguable?
  13. Deus

    Deus TRIBE Member

    If they added it for flavouring they can argue that it was not added as a preservative. I am not sure if there is a certain concentration for salt to be considered a preservative.
  14. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member


    I mean, you can argue that a package is a preservative!
  15. I_bRAD

    I_bRAD TRIBE Member

    I'm pretty sure you can't make a dry cured sausage that's safe to eat without salt.
  16. Pottsie

    Pottsie TRIBE Member


    Otto thought that this was "flagrant false advertising"
  17. maphi

    maphi TRIBE Member

    Isn't chorizo without any kind of preservative just rotting meat?
  18. Deus

    Deus TRIBE Member

    Oh I see it's a sausage...

    Then preservatives are probably the least of your worries ;)
  19. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    i just lol'd and spewed americano on keyboard
  20. I_bRAD

    I_bRAD TRIBE Member

    That's all right. I knew what I was getting into when I bought it, I discoverd the "no preservatives" tag afterwards. My worries is getting a tasty dinner on the table. :)
  21. lobo

    lobo TRIBE Member

    Alex, watch the docu "Food Inc" to learned about what a nice picture of a farm on the outside of package really means.

  22. [SQUARE]

    [SQUARE] TRIBE Member

    I have an issue with juice marketing as well. I'm pretty sensitive to acidic foods, especially apple juice. The problem is that if I want to buy a berry juice of any sort you have to read the small print because it almost always will contain mostly apple juice. I don't want apple juice I want to drink delicious berries!

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