When Cheryl first brought this product into our home I thought I would end up liking it. After eating some of it I really wasn’t all that impressed. This feeling became even stronger when I found out Florida’s Natural Au’some Fruit Nuggets are a product of China. Anyone who has read or watched the news the past few years knows that China hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to food. In the search for profit – consumer safety just doesn’t seem to be a priority over there. So I asked Cheryl to make sure never to purchase this product again. First because I wasn’t thrilled with it taste wise and second I had concerns about the country of origin.
Now keep in mind on the bottom of the packages above there is a statement saying made responsibly in China. The Au’some website even goes into great detail about their facilities in China and accreditations. For the record I have no reason to doubt any of these claims. It’s just a personal choice to avoid food products Made in China. Granted some food processing facilities in the United States haven’t had the best track record in regards to consumer safety.
What really interest and concerns me is the fact that is cost effective to ship American grown fruits overseas to be processed into a product that will be consumed back in the US. I’m fairly certain Au’some wouldn’t have manufacturing facilities located in China if it wasn’t economically viable. It’s a sad fact that in the United States we may no longer be able to process our own goods in a profitable manner.
Once again I’ll state that there is no reason to be concerned about Florida’s Natural Au’some Fruit Nuggets. The product just didn’t suit my taste. It’s my own choice not to knowingly consume food products from China. I was rather shocked to see these back in our home actually. It’s also interesting to me that the store these were purchased in seems to have a good amount of Chinese made food. From a liability standpoint you would think they might reduce this because of the many issues that have been seen in recent years.
It should be kept in mind that our home & others around the globe are full of products made in China. While some people would argue working conditions have improved and that companies take worker safety more seriously. There has been evidence presented that doesn’t fully support that view. Of course each company doing business there should be held accountable on their on merits. But cheaper production cost don’t always translate to good working conditions.
The factory, located in China, covers approximately 250,000 square feet and has undergone rigorous quality measures to meet GMP and HACCP certification. The factory is also EU Organic, USDA Organic and Kosher certified. The facility houses a fully-equipped laboratory where highly qualified chemists work side-by-side with the company’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control teams to ensure that every phase of production meets the company’s stringent system of quality control.
“Food safety is a sensitive issue in China, which has been rocked by scandals ranging from deadly infant formula to chemical-laced pork and recycled restaurant oil tainted with potentially deadly moulds.”
This supports my original opinion that eating food manufactured in China might not be in anyone’s best interest. If these companies are willing to poison their own people in the name of profit. I’d venture a guess that producing tainted food for foreigners they aren’t exactly fond of ( United States ) – wouldn’t hurt their conscience one bit. Not sure how any company can claim they are producing food that is good for you when it’s manufactured in China. When that country doesn’t have a good track record in regards to food safety. If a region or nation has a history of selling tainted food. I’m not sure how any corporation can claim healthy foods are being produced there.