You are right, I don’t think they actually say where they are made on the packaging, but I was asking a store owner where they were made and he said hong kong. You can automaticly assume the worst when a product refuses to mention where they are manufactured.
The reason why it says verbatim is because it has the MCC003 code, as this the most popular brand to use this code. It isn’t anything on the disk, but simply CdSpeed making a reasonable suggestion given that most legitamate MCC003 media is sold by verbatim.
Verbatim actually have several manufacturers make their MCC003 disks, including CMC, prodisk and Mosar Baer. For the most part though, the real verbatim disks work very well, especially if you burn them at the rated speed. Overspeeding is less likely though, at least in my experience.