Racism has no barrier and it can now be expressed even by food brands.
A US-based pet food company, Sojos, that touts their products as being made from all-natural ingredients with ‘Nothing from China’ has come under fire for using words on their packaging and website that many consider as racist.
“No soy, fillers, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives and nothing from China,” reads the packaging of Sojos’ ‘Mix-a-Meal’ and ‘Complete’ line of dog food products.
In addition, on Sojos’ website under the Frequently Asked Question section, it mentioned that ‘majority of the company ingredients are sourced from America. Some are sourced abroad but none of our vitamins or minerals come from China.’
Many consumers were outraged over the insensitive language and have voiced out their comments over Sojos’ Instagram account calling out the company for perpetuating harmful racist stereotypes at a time when anti-Asian violence in the US has soared.
However, there are others who defended the company by saying that “pet food from China has a history of being recalled due to safety and contamination issues.” In 2014, at least 2 major US pet food retailers said that it would halt the sales of pet food from China, a move that came as authorities investigated thousands of pet illnesses and deaths believed to be linked to Chinese-made jerky treats.
Sojos’ pet food are available from major retailers including Walmart and Amazon. In Hong Kong, pet food supplier Whiskers N Paws also sells Sojos’ products, but their website shows they only have dog and cat treats -which do not have the race-tinged labels on their packaging.