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Do you think this is racist?

Predikuesi Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
I am expiring this thread because the issue has been solved. Thanks to all who offered alternative views.

Just come back from Somerfield. I noticed a bag of rice produced by a Middle East company, that had the words "Please ignore all references to USA" in large red letters printed on the pack. I was thinking of writing to Somerfield about this, but wonder if it is worth it. I am no friend of USA, but I hate racism wherever it is found.

Is this offensive?

Please don't turn this thread into any form of racist rant.
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
did you buy it Pred? if so could you post a picture, Im confused :|
#2
what was the "Notice" in reference of?
#3
No I didn't but it. I can only think that the producers have an anti-American stance and want to stop people buying American items. It was not a stick on label, but actually printed on the bag.
#4
Predikuesi
No I didn't but it. I can only think that the producers have an anti-American stance and want to stop people buying American items. It was not a stick on label, but actually printed on the bag.


From what you have stated, it would be wrong to make a determination, it might have said that the Rice had been bagged and washed in the U.S.A. and so the "Notice" was in reference to that...
banned#5
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/7470/stupidriceif9.jpg

To be brutally honest, it probably hints at being racist but I couldn't give two hoots.
#6
It's not strictly racism anyway, more xenophobia
#7
thesaint;2562316
From what you have stated, it would be wrong to make a determination, it might have said that the Rice had been bagged and washed in the U.S.A. and so the "Notice" was in reference to that...


The bag stated "Non USA origin" then "Please ignore all reference to USA". The rest of the print was in Arabic style writing.
I get your point, but still cannot see the need for the statement on the package.
#8
vixygwim;2562337
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/7470/stupidriceif9.jpg

To be brutally honest, it probably hints at being racist but I couldn't give two hoots.



That's the one, except it was in a paper sack / bag and the text was actually on the bag itself.
#9
Predikuesi
The bag stated "Non USA origin" then "Please ignore all reference to USA". The rest of the print was in Arabic style writing.
I get your point, but still cannot see the need for the statement on the package.


After now seeing the picture, it appears that there is an incorrect statement on the packaging, and they are clearing that up.
banned#10
If you are offended by it...its offensive. Simple as.

I dont think race comes into it as US is a nationality not a race, probably downright unmarketable :o
#11
Ain't this just a correction? They mentioned USA when they weren't suppose to. As the rice is non-usa.
#12
is it not to do with some sort of scandal or food scare about american produced rice. so this could just be a notice to customers emphasising the fact that the rice isn't american produced and as such isn't affected by whatever the scare was.
#13
Thanks everyone. I did not see it in that light until you mentioned it. Makes sense now. See what dialogue can do? Clears up misunderstanding! :)
#14
American long grain is the type of rice. The statement will be because people may think its a product of the USA but is infact form India.
banned#15
Nothing wrong with it.

Its just a brand name for the type of rice and the store is correctly stating its not produce of America.

I wonder if they do the same for Parma Ham etc?
#16
Please see post #14. I think the issue is solved. Thanks again.
#17
Predikuesi
Thanks everyone. I did not see it in that light until you mentioned it. Makes sense now. See what dialogue can do? Clears up misunderstanding! :)


Also, is India a middle eastern country?
#18
thesaint;2562393
Also, is India a middle eastern country?

Good point. Didn't realise it was made in India until now.
#19
guv;2562384
Nothing wrong with it.

Its just a brand name for the type of rice and the store is correctly stating its not produce of America.

I wonder if they do the same for Parma Ham etc?

The list could go on, Yorkshire puddings, cornish pasties, bakewell tarts, cheddar cheese, pontefract cakes, chelsea buns etc etc they all have names to suggest they are from a locale yet may be produced anywhere,
#20
harlzter;2562415
The list could go on, Yorkshire puddings, cornish pasties, bakewell tarts, cheddar cheese, pontefract cakes, chelsea buns etc etc they all have names to suggest they are from a locale yet may be produced anywhere,



And Rock Cakes are not made of rock (though they might seem that way sometimes):-D
banned#21
thesaint
Also, is India a middle eastern country?


No it isn't. Why do you ask? The reference to "arabic looking writing"? Most packaging contains various foreign languages on it these days.
#22
guv;2562450
No it isn't. Why do you ask? The reference to "arabic looking writing"? Most packaging contains various foreign languages on it these days.


He is making reference (correctly so) to the wording in my opening post.

[COLOR=red]Could this thread be locked if any Mod is watching, as the issue is solved.[/COLOR]
#23
Its just for legal reasons, as the Packaging states its 'American' Long Grain Rice, which is however untrue, so the sticker is there to correct this.

As for product names (eg Cheddar Cheese), there are various food labelling laws which govern these. Some are traditional products, with names that go back many many years, and as such can be used, some have to be produced in certain regions to be legally called that name, etc
#24
Predikuesi
Good point. Didn't realise it was made in India until now.


Well its grown not made.:)

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