Keeping America Safe for Chocolate Milk

For almost 50 years Mom had an understudy in the kitchen: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This government agency carefully studied her recipes and wrote them down; they even considered her chocolate milk recipe. FDA can establish legally enforceable recipes that food manufacturers must comply with: these are known as "food standards." A food … Continue reading Keeping America Safe for Chocolate Milk

You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Jell-o Ice Cream!?

July is National Ice Cream Month, which dates back to 1984 when President Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation and Congress issued a joint resolution to celebrate this "nutritious and wholesome food." President Reagan wasn't alone in referring to ice cream as a nutritious; several others did too during a Congressional hearing in 1977, which was held in response to … Continue reading You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Jell-o Ice Cream!?

Orange Cats and Color Additive Amendment

Beyond being extremely creepy, this orange cat helped to make the current regulatory regime for color additives in the United States. This orange cat was dyed with an excessive amount of FD&C Orange No. 1 -- a previously permitted color additive dating back to the original Pure Food and Drug Act. Excessive amounts of this … Continue reading Orange Cats and Color Additive Amendment

Show-&-Tell: Decomposed Tomatoes in the Ketchup

Before the clean label movement, there was the pure food movement and a major fear was ketchup. This excellent condiment had been associated with being made from decomposed materials. It was this (pure food) which Heinz built its brand-on, and FDA spent its time removed ketchup consisting of decomposed materials from the market - like … Continue reading Show-&-Tell: Decomposed Tomatoes in the Ketchup