a soup label has me curious

United States
March 27, 2011 12:01pm CST
For lunch today we had some chicken noodle soup. Now being the curious soul I am at times I was reading the label. It explains about the quality of ingredients listed then lists the ingredients, company name, and company address. Right below that on this national brand of soup is a spot that says "cooked with care in the USA" now what does that mean? It was cooked here but the ingredients came from where? Do they have to disclose where a portion of the contents of a product comes from? why not say grown and cooked with pride in the USA or something to that effect? Just wondering what anyone else would think of this statement?
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• United States
29 Mar 11
i'd rather it say cooked with care. meaning hopefully no added hair and we washed our hands first.
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• United States
25 May 11
I certainly hoped they would of washed their hands and wore hair nets.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
27 Mar 11
maybe some of the ingredients come from another country, noodles from China? What I would wonder is what do they mean cooked with care? Does this mean they have other soup that is cooked without care? And in this case what does care mean?
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• United States
27 Mar 11
I dunno it's probable with the noodles and maybe the chicken as the last ingredient is chicken dehydrated & chicken is listed 2 other times as well. I dunno maybe they think we haven't watched Mr Rogers or Discovery channels' "how it's made" series? Yeah it's not made in a kitchen by a loving grandmother or chef... it's a big vat of soup.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
27 Mar 11
Interesting observation--and I think you are correct, it means that some of the ingredients may have come from outside the U.S.; otherwise the label would have said the ingredients were from the U.S. as well (better marketing pitch, if nothing else). I believe some foods from overseas have to be labeled (fruits and vegetables, I think) but I'm not sure about processed foods. I would be especially curious to know where the chicken came from, since not every country has the same standards for processing poultry and such.
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• United States
27 Mar 11
I was wondering if I was interpreting this correctly! And for a nationally known brand one would think they would take pride in ingredients from their own country (yes I know there are things like produce that only grow in certain countries/climates so those are excused, not the items grown here also putting local farmers out of business IMO). As I mentioned on another reply that there are 3 different types of chicken in this soup! I think they should label the composition of processed foods their origins. As a consumer you have a right to know where it came from IMO do you agree?
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
23 May 11
Hi. 3SnuggleBunnies. Maybe that is a way of them saying that, the soup was cooked using the finest ingredients that the United States has to offer into the soup product. I guess maybe the company said this on the label because the soup comes from a can. That is the only reason that I can think of. If there is any other reason, then I think that anyone should contact this company and ask them what exactly did they meant when they mentioned this statement on this soup label.
• United States
25 May 11
You are right it is hard to say what they mean by that and they would be the best entity to ask.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
29 Mar 11
Being that you observed this on the can of soup, I would take it to mean that some of the ingredients did not come from within the United States. I don't think that they have to tell you where all of the ingredients in the soup came from since they do disclose where it was cooked and prepared. That said, I think that I would probably be more comfortable knowing where the ingredients in my food came from as well.
• United States
25 May 11
Exactly disclosed it was cooked here but ingredients from where?
• United States
28 Mar 11
I am with most here and say some ingredients were imported from elsewhere but cooked in the USA. I often wonder when this happens why it cannot all be from the same place. I don't mind eating something imported at all just wondering why more are apt to importing then carrying their own? But you are right to look at labels something I have been doing now for over two years, I want to know what I put into my body on a daily basis. I did not think about where what comes from as a factor but maybe I will now??
• United States
25 May 11
How much of whatever is freeze dried, canned, or whatever before they make it up? You know it's like some brands of juice with say made with concentrate say from China or Brazil... what happened to all the apple tree's in the USA? Did all the tree's get sick and die? Orchards bulldozed for condo complexes? I also refuse to buy canned mushrooms if you look in stores the canned ones are not from here. So I use fresh when they are on special.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
1 Jul 11
I would wonder where the ingredients came from too especially if they are going to go as far as to say cooked with care. I'd be thinking why do they have to cook it with such care, I man are they having to be mindful of the igredients? Not sure. Though ya know the progresso soups and such, I wonder where they come from, the ingredients that is, too.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Mar 11
Honestly, I probably wouldn't think anything of ti...