I noticed something recently when my husband and I decided to take a look at the labeling on some apple juice at our local Publix grocery store (it was back in January of 2016).  We decided to check after coming across an article that said something about the potential for arsenic or other contaminants in apple juice that is sourced from China.  I figured it would be better not to take any chances and try to get the United States sourced apple juice.

What a surprise.  It wasn’t that easy to tell where the apple juice on our local store shelves came from.

Here’s the label for what we take to be U.S. sourced apples:

USA-sourced-apple-juice-2016

Here is the label for juice that appears to be sourced from China and/or Chile

chile or china sourced apple juice 2016

As you can see, it wasn’t exactly easy to spot the difference and if you casually glance at the label on products these days you might get tricked into thinking you’re looking at a U.S. Made or sourced product when you’re actually looking at the address of the company that managed the distribution.  Meaning the company that coordinated getting the merchandise from overseas and into the hands of a United States consumer is here in the U.S.A..

Does this bother you as much as it does me? In one ear we’re hearing all kinds of flap about forcing consumers to have smaller portions of soft drinks or eliminate other things from our diets at the same time our grocery stores are becoming more and more congested with products that don’t make it all that clear what might be in them or where they came from.  There are a lot of places on the web to read about the apple juice sourcing mysteries and intrigue. It will scare you to death if you spend too much time worrying about it. I would like to think that buying the U.S. sourced version improves things but I’m not even sure about that, I’m only operating on the common sense of eliminating how much ground the apples have to cover before they land on my kitchen counter. Maybe I need to find time to make my own apple juice the next time I need it?