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Here's the deal: IF the US "School Lunch Program" market is important to the producer, and the only thing keeping them OUT of that market is that their product is processed OUTSIDE the US, then the company should move their processing INSIDE the US - We the People should NOT encourage them to move more functions OUT of the US.
All the producers already have access to US markets, perhaps the solution is to apply the same standards for selling to WalMart et al as we have for selling to USDA/School lunches. But that would help American workers and inconvenience international corporations, so GOPers will never agree.
Posted by Olderscout66
On your 1st point - ALL of them do some processing in the US - some more than others. Processing is defined by cleaned, canned and shipped. It is the cleaned part that seems to have the problem - all of them, it seems can and ship from the US or territory of American Samoa.
I would tend to agree with your assessment in your point #1 with the actual ownership in country of the company being a null and void point.
So which companies would you give the contract to?
I might also add that Chicken of the Sea moved its processing plant to Lyons, GA in 2009 from American Samoa - so both Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee have processing plants on U.S. continental shores, employing currently about 600 people. However, both of them process tuna loins that have been cleaned in Thailand and then shipped her (GA. & CA) for packaging and shipping to destination.
The (2) others, StarKist and Tri-Marine clean, process & ship from American Samoa but they buy product from fishermen from other countries and are both foreign owned.
As to your 2nd point - I think it would end up being the same complicated mess about just what constitutes an American company.
Posted by GailL1
Not sure how complicated it would be to determine the product is produced - in this case cleaned, packed and shipped - inside the US, including our territories and possessions. I'll hazard a guess that the cleaned part is ovrseas because of our restrictions on what can be done with the waste - perchance we need to consider some tax break for investing in waste treatment?
Might need to do some hard thinking about manufactured goods - would "assembled" in the US qualify? Think most of the electornics on our cars come from Mexico, and if you can't turn off your headlights, it was probably assembled in Canada. But once again, we're talking about giving "special consideration" like access to the school lunch program, or in the case of cars, perhaps participation in the GSA vehicle fleet. This might violate NAFTA, which would be a good thing as all its done is further impoversih American and Mexican workers in exchange for a boatload of new billionaires - JUST what the World needs more of.