Have you heard about the sardines in USA news?

@bunnybon7 (33953)
Holiday, Florida
May 21, 2010 3:21pm CST
today my son informed me that he heard on the news a while back that the last sardine factory in USA is closing I do love sardines. we were discussing about when i was a kid. i told him they used to have packets of dried herring that i loved but everyone made fun of me cause they stunk but they were really good. it seems sardines also are sometimes from herring. these are rich in omega-3,vitamin D,B 12, etc. the last factory in maine is shutting down. over 130 people out of work. its been open since 1875. this is the link, NOT A REFRRAL, to do with the discussion. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-04-14-last-sardines_N.htm so do you love sardines.? this is sad to me. now if we eat any, they will be from other countries that dont check their food products like we do.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
22 May 10
Sardines are not a type of fish, but rather refers to the size of the fish, being almost any small, oily fish. Many used are related to herring, in the Clupeidae family. I found a good INFORMATION ONLY article about them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardine As far as liking them? You could not pay me enough money to eat them ! Several family members do enjoy them, but just listening to them crunching the little bones was enough for me...we won't even get to the smell. I grew up in New England and didn't even know that there was a company in Maine that produced them. All I ever saw were the imported ones, which my family loved. So, go ahead and try other varieties, I'm sure you'll fine one you like. And, three states away, the crunching and smell won't bother me a bit.
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@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 10
the crunch? my dear, you cant hear a crunch. the bones in them are very soft.. you are so cute and funny. anyway, yes that is very informational. i saw that link when i was doing research for this discussion. i didnt want to start it without being sure my son knew what he was talking about. now the smell i'll have to agree. but, most fish of any kind have a funny or stinky smell.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
23 May 10
Let us know when you give them up. We'll start on the anchovies next...
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@AmbiePam (46329)
• United States
21 May 10
I have never had sardines. Or anchovies. Those two things stick out in my mind.
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@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
21 May 10
is it because of how they look? hhhmmm. usually a person will either like them or dont want to try them because of the looks. not sure tho ive ever spoken with someone thats never eaten them.
@AmbiePam (46329)
• United States
21 May 10
I've never even seen them. None of my family have ever eaten them either. None of their family ever ate them, so I guess as a by product, they never have either. Of course, they have seen them before. But I just don't think I've ever been around a place that had them or was serving them. I've seen them in cans in the grocery store, but have not actually seen what they look like. I just saw the cans that contained them.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
22 May 10
wow. never even curious i guess. did you look at the pic of them? ok.
@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
21 May 10
I think sardines are disgusting but I know some people who love them. This is happening more and more, plants and businesses closing down so that we have to get stuff from other countries. It's another plank in our economic coffin. Maybe some entrepreneur will come along and open one if he can find affordable product and labor--but unless we start giving businesses tax cuts instead of taxing them out of business that won't happen.
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@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
21 May 10
i was just talking with my son about that also and he explained a bunch of things to me that i told him to write down sos i can discuss it here as i cant put it into the right words but he said something about not to worry as Rome also had this situation and it worked ok for them. something like that look for me to start another discussion on economy of US...lol.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
23 May 10
Hello my friend Wow this is sad to read, I love sardines always have, I had some the other day, crap what are we to do now grrrrr Thanks for the info my friend.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 10
i mean hes the one told me about it. hes quite wise this one. except when it comes to girlfriends.
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
22 May 10
I have not heart it but now I am hear it from you. I feel sad for the worker because they lost their job, and now its hard to find new job. I think they closed because not many people like sardines any more. Like myself I love fresh fish than sardines, because I don't really like the taste. I hear they use resin to coating inside the can but It will react will tomato sauce and its really carcinogenic for us.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 10
well maybe with tomatoes sauce ones, but i usually just eat the ones in oil or even better mustard. ive never heard of a problem with carcinogenes its inexpensive and full of nutrients and vitamins
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@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
26 May 10
Hi nangisha...can you provide a source that tells us about those carcinogens...I'm sure you would not make such a claim without some information to back it up.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
21 May 10
HEY BON, I do like sardines but haven't had any in a long time. Seems as if everything is closing nowadays. I don't guess the sardines are in much of a demand. happy weekend to u.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
22 May 10
thats what surprises me in a way. because they are cheap. maybe kids dont like them any more or people are to hung up on mcdonalds i think
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
22 May 10
I doubt either one of my boys have ever tried them or would. They are definitely hookrd on mcdonalds tho & so is my grandson. That's because basically all he's ever had most of his life is junk food. His mother doesn't cook much & i don't think it's good for them plus it's expensive to eat out all the time.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
22 May 10
so true. i think thats what keeps my youngest so poor all the time. they feed the kids mcdonalds when they get a little extra money instead of cooking.
@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
26 May 10
I quite like sardines too. They used to be very tasty and very inexpensive. Then it became known that they are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are great for weight loss and general good health, and gee whiz, what do ya know...the price went up, then it went up again and now, well, I have to think twice about them now as I'm on a very low income. The ones in my cupboard at the moment come from Canada and I don't have a problem with that.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
26 May 10
geesh had a long response and it zapped it anyway i said i think canada is probably pretty good with checking their products and they are close to us
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
24 May 10
I honestly don't think that I've ever eaten sardines in my life. However, I did hear about a week ago that the last sardine factory in the United States was closing. I wasn't so concerned about the fact that the factory was closing down because I know that there are a lot of other foods that are imported into our country that we eat on a regular basis. The thing about this that really concerned me is that there are more people that are losing their jobs. This is the sad news to me.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
24 May 10
yes its not so much the food. we can get other foods. its the fact that one more company is gone in USA and more jobs gone
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@cream97 (29175)
• United States
23 May 10
Hi, bunnybon7. No. I have not heard about this, until now. I love sardines. I don't eat them as often. But, I really was thinking about buying me some and eating over some white, hot buttered rice. It is so delicious this way. If my father-in-law does not know about this, I will make sure that I tell him. He loves eating sardines over white rice. I know that he will miss eating this. Me too.. If the sardines are going to come from other countries, I don't think that I can trust myself to eat it, especially if they don't check this product like the USA does.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 10
that sounds like a good way. im not entirely sure other countries dont have the FDA thing. its just what ive heard. anyway, like i told my son, its bad enough that our FDA lacks in their job at times and dont always catch things soon enough.
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@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
22 May 10
No I have not heard that bit of news. I was aware some time ago that some brands of sardines were contaminated with mercury. Now I guess this the world will be without those very healthy and very tasty little morsels. What a shame! What else are we humans going to ruin on our planet. It is sad for me as well. I really like the little critters. Very high in protien and vitamins; plus the fish oil is great for arthritis. It Lubricates the joints. Let's see, we humans have managed to almost descimate the whale population, there is almost no more tuna left in the oceans and what is out there may be contaminated. When are we going to learn to take care of planet EARTH and EARTH will take care of us? Anyone out there have an answer?
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 10
you are right about that. but i dont think they are shutting down over any of that. i think its the economy and most people dont realise how cheap and healthful they are. no, the story if you read it will explain that sardines have much less mercury in them then most other fish.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
22 May 10
Hi bunny,very sorry that your favorite factory is closing down. I think there are many such factories in US. Find out other factory which produces similar products. It's sad that over 130 people are loosing their jobs.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 10
sadly bhanusb, its the last one here that produces sardines. but alas, some other countries not far away still do.
@charylady (424)
• Philippines
22 May 10
that's not good news especially for those workers who are now out of work. i guess it's cheaper to import them than run those factories. true, the imported ones may not have the same quality control as those produced there. you just have to choose the brands that you buy. i have sardines occasionally. just last week i put them on a tortilla with other toppings and i had a quick thin crust pizza. yum . . .
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
22 May 10
yummy. that sounds good and would probably work better then anchovies as anchovies are way to salty and fishy tasting.
@upstorm (17)
• Portugal
21 May 10
I'm from Portugal and a lot of sardine factories closed here in the past years. Our atlantic coast has some of the best sardines in the world. I collect paper labels from old sardine cans and make framed pictures out of them. These labels are very nostalgic and have nice artwork. Lets hope sardines stay around for a long time, as long as we don't eat them all. Regards.
@Hatley (161861)
• Garden Grove, California
21 May 10
hi bunnybon yuck now we will stand a chance of eating other nations poorly superved canned sardines and getting ill from them. I love sardines and I am really sad. so much has changed just in the last few years, maybe even months. used to be there were a huge su pply of sardines in any grocery store.Laying off people, closing plants, and they keep trying to tell me that the recession is almost over. give my son a job and then I might listen.
@bunnybon7 (33953)
• Holiday, Florida
21 May 10
sadly its looking more and more like our poor kids are never getting another break here. and then they wonder why (the law makers, etc.) we dont want immegrants here takeing the few jobs there are