Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wal-Mart Great Value Brand Is Pathetic
I have spoken out before about the ridiculous policy of Wal-Mart branded grocery products showing they are distributed by Wal-Mart stores but not stating where the actual product is manufactured like the country of origin.
Last night, I decided to put Wal-Mart to task on this problem with the labeling of accurate information on their product.
I hadn't darkened myself into a Wal-Mart in a little less than a year I'd say until I walked into one to buy a few items last night to prepare for an at work luncheon today.
I went to the grocery store area looking at the new box packaging for "Great Value" branded products of Wal-Mart searching for any indication of the country of manufacture but never found anything worthy except that Wal-Mart distributes the product.
I decided after looking at 17 new food products with the packaging to find out why. I found the number 1-877-505-2267 and reached a representative named "April".
April asked the reason for my call and I explained to her why doesn't Wal-Mart name the country of manufacture for food products in their stores. I told her also I looked at numerous products and was looking at one right there that plainly stated Wal-Mart was the distributor of the product but not the manufacturer.
I also told her it's deceptive in my view to not include this information on the packaging so United States consumers can make educated and healthy food product choices in what they purchase from Wal-Mart's private label brand.
"April" told me by telephone an interesting answer. She said any Great Value product that does not list the country of origination on the packaging (which it turns out was EVERY Great Value food product I discovered) the product is manufactured and produced in the United States.
I told her that I didn't dispute what she said but in the age of food scares from China on contaminated products it would be a most helpful selling point if the product "Great Value" would actually show the country of origination.
Heck, I'd buy these products if I knew they were actually manufactured here instead of on some country that has far fewer safeguards in place for food quality assurance.
"April" told me she'd pass along the comments but at this time Wal-Mart has no plans to indicate the food country of origin because of the unwritten Wal-Mart rule that products not labeled as manufactured elsewhere are indeed manufactured within the United States.
I told her I was going to boycott Wal-Mart and tell others of this lack of corporate responsibility. In fact, true to say I haven't been into a Wal-Mart in a good while for buying groceries, but I won't miss going back in there either.
Long check out lines.
Few cashiers to check your groceries out and most always locked up self check outs.
I always go back to China but I dare say that some of the issues with Chinese food products are lack of quality and standards in place for food quality. But in the case of contaminated baby milk and contaminated dog and cat foods.
I feel honestly the tainted infant milk was malicious and I feel equally about the tainted dog and cat food as well.
Do we really need to save a few pennies on second rate products that are supposedly labeled as a "Great Value"?
There's something wrong here that a country like China can poison food products and we have very little concern over the labeling of products that can help us consumers make wise decisions.
Even more wrong in my opinion are products that are made in China sold in the United States that are cheaper to try and run out legitimate food producing companies here in the United States. Can't we make vegetables, pet food, frozen foods, and other products here without having to completely rely on other countries to product or manufacture it and sell it back to us?
Wal-Mart is not helping this at all by continuing to believe they have no responsiblity toward the labels on the food products they sell in the stores. If you want to call and voice concern or even pat Wal-Mart on the back for whatever reason, the number is toll free, 1-877-505-2267.
A new entry coming up soon.
Have a great Tuesday!!
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