We all know that fresh is best but when it comes to frozen vegetables, I've always been confident that the difference between the two in terms of their vitamins and mineral content is negligible.
However, my sister, bless her, just destroyed that fanciful notion.
Clearly I must be the last to know or was too busy eating rubbish to pay attention.
It said, Made in New Zealand using local and imported products.
She then asked me the brand and I said McCains (founded in Canada, has 55 production facilities in 12 countries, and sells in 110 countries).
I felt kind of smug thinking how could the combination of McCains and NZ be wrong. It wasn't a no name brand after all.
She then told me to throw the bag in the bin.
When she uttered the words likely carcinogen I decided to rethink my dinner plans and ask a few more questions.
The fact is, I was not going to be eating New Zealand produce.
If you look at most frozen food packets (anywhere in the world) you have no real idea where the food comes from. It doesn't say. In most cases companies bring the product from China, repackage it, in this case New Zealand and then put it on our shelves with no testing required.
It gets to us via the back door because New Zealand has lax laws. And with no testing we do not know what we are really eating.
So, if the Chinese won’t eat the food why are we?
The four chemicals found in the vegetables are all pesticides that have been banned.
I better work on extending that vegetable garden and putting into practice everything my parents and grandparents have been preaching for years (and out of convenience and supposed lack of time, I ignore) - join the slow food movement and stick to eating food grown in your own local community or better still in your own backyard because at least you know how its grown and that it is actually food.
What do you think? Are you careful about where you buy your food from? Love to hear your thoughts as this is a problem which affects us all and not just contained to frozen foods.
Have you seen Food Inc - well worth watching - you can see the trailer here.