This morning, I happened to read the label on one of the ever-present cans of Alpo dog food in the pantry. I was just curious about where the stuff was made. Here’s what it says on the label: Manufactured by Nestle Purina Petcare Company, St. Louis, Missouri. So far, so good. Then it goes on to say, Trademarks owned by Societe’ Des Produits Nestle S.A. Vevey, Switzerland. So that makes me wonder, do the profits go to Switzerland, or do they stay in the U.S.? Well, at least it’s not made in China, the way the tainted pet food was, (which killed a friend of mine’s pet Boxer), but nevertheless, if you’re trying to support the U.S. economy by buying products produced here, it’s getting harder and harder to find them.
I found a web site that lists products produced and manufactured in the U.S.A., and I thought I’d give you the URL so you could take a look, if you have a mind to do that.
There are surprising few products in some categories, and most are products I’ve never heard of before. It’s pretty sad. I know these foreign companies do have a good number of Americans on the payroll, but the biggest question is this: where do the profits go? It’s a complicated issue. If we all suddenly stopped buying Purina products, a lot of good folks in St. Louis would be out of a job! For my part, I think I’ll just start looking for products NOT made in China. Wish me luck.