Now, at first glance, you say, wow, great, local, Michigan brand cottage cheese!! Finally, I can support a local brand for my cottage cheese needs!!
So, you spin the container around, and you see this....
Ohio, you say!??! What the hell, I thought this was a Michigan product!??! Ohio!??!
So you read down a little further, and you start seeing this plant number codes...
|Plant Codes Here ^^^^|
link to the FDA's website we see that the first numbers, 26, signify a Michigan plant. The second numbers, 330, are the plant code; plant 330 is the Country Fresh plant located in Grand Rapids. This plant uses milk from many of my neighbors, and a lot of milk from West Michigan in general.
Same product, same plant, same milk.
The "Michigan" brand: 3.99
Country Fresh brand: 2.49
Just because the label says where it came from, in this case Ohio, that doesn't mean it actually came from there. When in doubt, check the label, and if you're still unsure, do a little research. The information is out there.