These days, every large grocery store chains or discount department super stores sell their own private labelled food products to compete with the national brand name products. Some of these private labelled products are mass produced and so cheaply made, it may not be safe for human consumption.

These large companies understand the profit margin in food products such as cookies, soda pop, potato chips, frozen dinners, pizza, ice cream, vitamins, cereal, bakery products, etc. and having their own house brand, they can compete with lower prices to make their customers happy.

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For some of the factories who are contracted to mass produce the products, this could mean millions of dollars in revenue for their company. Sometimes these factories may not be in compliance with the Food Sanitation Guidelines or that their employees get careless due to short delivery deadlines. Some of these factories are located in very low-wage, poor countries or they use ingredients made from those poor countries that don’t have food or personal sanitation guidelines. It is best to read the label to find out where the product is made, then decide to buy. Either way, this is not acceptable and can cause serious health risks and bad reputation for these large grocery or department store chains. But do they care?

private labelled products made with imported ingredients

Many of these large store chains cleverly offer a 100% money back guarantee policy on all their private labelled house brand products to reassure the customer that they stand behind their cheaply made products. But is this a risk that consumers take when purchasing these cheaply made private labelled food products?

Most large store chains claim they have strict guidelines for their privately labelled products and only contract reliable, reputable and certified factories to mass produce them. Why would any large, reputable company put their name on the line if the product is unsafe, poorly made or taste bad?

According research, most complaints made by consumers regarding food products are privately produced. People are finding debris of hair, finger nails, plastic from bags and containers, dead bugs, wood chips, bits of metal or glass, etc. in no name or privately labelled food products.

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Here is an example that may not be very appetizing.

These donuts were purchased from the Bakery Department of a well known international department store chain. 6 donuts for $1.00 – wow what a great price! You can’t go wrong because this is from a well known international department store chain that drops their prices almost every day. 🙂

bad private labelled donuts

While enjoying the second donut, there was something hard inside the slimy pastry. At first it appears to be just a piece of hardened icing that got inside the dough but after taking it out and examining it closer, it appears to be a piece of transparent hard plastic!

piece of transparent plastic found in private labelled donuts

It may be from a mixing container that cracked? Who knows, but was this experience worth the risk of $1.00?

piece of transparent plastic found in private labelled donuts

Would anyone even bother to take the remaining package of donuts back to the store to take advantage of their money back guarantee? That may be a waste of time and gas driving back to that store. What can the store manager do? The product was not made in their store. Would this store chain take all their pastries off their shelves because of this piece of plastic? You know the answer.

Should you worry about private labelled food products?

Should you worry about food sanitation guidelines?

Should you worry about grocery or department retail store chains?

You decide!

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