Brands Team for Tuna Turnaround

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Ariella
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Re: Food safety
Ariella   7/13/2011 11:47:50 AM
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Unfortunately, there really is no way around each person doing his/her own homework to arrive at truly healthy choices. And, yes, healthier choices do tend to cost more. That's one of the interesting observations made by one of these "coupon moms" in http://adage.com/article/special-report-couponing/marketers-beware-coupon-mom/228640/ Though she has coupons for just about everything else, they are not available for fresh produce, and she does not want to feed her family processed foods. 

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impactnow   7/13/2011 12:58:20 AM
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It is truly a shame that we need to be so vigilant about our food. There is so much production involved in getting the food to our tables we can never be sure what we are eating and more healthy choices are often prohibitively expensive to the most vulnerable populations. Until there are stricter regulations  in place we will all yield the unfortunate health consequences of the production of food inc.

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Re: Tuna and others
Mitch Wagner   7/12/2011 9:15:29 PM
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Interesting, Ariella.

The NPR report I heard talked about how aggressive shrimp farming has turned shrimp from luxury to an inexpensive food, although with health and environmental costs. 

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Re: Tuna and others
Ariella   7/12/2011 5:51:08 PM
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You comment made me curious about it, and I found http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/suspicious-shrimp/, which brings us back to tuna: "The typical American eats three-and-a-half pounds of shrimp a year – surpassing even canned tuna, our long time former favorite."
The same site explains how shrimp circumvents the  federal law requiring Country of Origin Labeling," or COOL that went into effect in 2008:



"Under the federal Country of Origin Labeling Law, also known as COOL, labels on fresh seafood are required to tell consumers where the fish was farmed or wild-caught. Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of the shrimp found in grocery stores have no label because they have been processed , boiled, breaded or added to a seafood medley , and thus are exempt from labeling requirements." 

 

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Mitch Wagner   7/12/2011 4:41:21 PM
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And of course cigarettes carry ridiculous warning labels. Anyone who hasn't gotten the message by now that cigarettes will kill you isn't going to get the message. 

Shrimp is required to bear a label stating its country of origin, but that label is often very fine print indeed. The information is important to consumers because foreign shrimp is often grown with hormones not permitted in the US. 

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Re: Tuna and others
Ariella   7/12/2011 11:26:18 AM
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There were suggestions that tuna packages bear warnings about mercury levels, but that never came to fruition, as far as I know. The only clear warnings I recall seeing on labels is on diet sodas that contrain aspartame for people who have phenylketonuria (though some  say it is dangerous for everyone). Of course, anything that contains alcohol carries a government mandated health warning in the US that usually reads as follows:

 GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems”.  

The wording of such warnings vary in other countries; in some they are still voluntary. You can see the list  at  http://www.icap.org/table/HealthWarningLabels 

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Mitch Wagner   7/12/2011 11:12:33 AM
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impactnow, it's a political process. Brands often insist on the warnings being as cryptic as possible to minimize impact on their revenues. 

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Tuna and others
impactnow   7/12/2011 2:25:48 AM
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This is exactly the issue with so many foods there should be better guidelines when any food is restricted but unfortunately its left up to interpretation that can cripple certain industries. This is also the case with food contamination plagued products from sprouts to meats. The warnings and restrictions should be more clearly communicated.

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Re: Tuna turnaround
Ariella   7/11/2011 10:26:30 AM
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That is very true, Mitch. We tend to categorize things as good or bad, and it is hard to change our classification systems.

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Mitch Wagner   7/11/2011 10:15:52 AM
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Once a kind of food gets a stigma for being unhealthy, it seems very hard to shake, even in the face of future science showing that it's OK.

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