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Thu., Jan. 16, 2014

More labels needed

I appreciated Moriah Iverson’s Jan. 8 letter regarding food labeling and totally agree that consumers have a right to know what is in our food.

I would only add that country of origin is also very important, as different countries have different standards in production (and sanitation), and I may not want to purchase food or other merchandise from some places.

An example is wild-caught fish and other seafood. It may be truly wild-caught, but if you search long enough you may find, hidden in the seam of the package or in smaller lettering, that it was actually caught in China. Also, look at your toothbrush package. Does it say “Made In USA,” or another country? Most likely it will say instead distributed by whatever chain you are buying it from, with no country of origin.

It is time for a change in labeling laws.

Diana Oswald

Coeur d’Alene

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