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Old 08-13-2008, 05:51 PM
Location: Sunny Southern California
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Well heck, as if checking labels didn't take long enough just to make sure you aren't getting 600g of sodium or 1500 grams of fat, now we have to watch this too. We should be outraged, but I have a feeling nobody is going to make a stink because we are all too busy, just too many things going on to worry too much about it. That is exactly what they are counting on.

The Price Is the Same; It's the Size That Shrinks

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/105542/The-Price-Is-the-Same;-It's-the-Size-That-Shrinks (broken link)
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:24 PM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I'm a label reader for value. Hotdogs, bacon, cheese long ago dropped form 16 Oz to 12 Oz. Then the 16 Oz came back. Now if you look you can find the less obvious 16 Oz packs of link sausages are now 14 Oz. 2 Oz may not sound like much but when you are producing millions of packages it may mean survival. As long as the size is printed in an obvious place on the package it's not underhanded. When you can only see it in the fine print I get irked. I saw the new reduced size ice cream packages and opted for the full 64 Oz last week. Yes it is consumer beware. Many years ago I ask the store manager where I worked why a 10lb bag of sugar cost more than two 5 lb bags. His answer was stupid and it taught me then as a teen to read labels. His answer was that people had to pay for the convenience of having it in one bag.

There are 3 sides to a coin. We usually only see the two. The truth lies on the small side, the narrow outer rim all to often. I suspect as our domestic food producers compete more and more from foreign producers it is going to be even more confusing. It's a crying shame to have to read labels so closely but that is the way it is.
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