In 2008, melamine added to milk in China caused kidney stones in thousands of Chinese children. To show his confidence in Chinese dairy products, Peter Mandelson MP drank a glass of Chinese yoghurt in front of reporters. The following week, he was hospitalized for a kidney stone.
If pigs are not castrated the meat will have an unpleasant odor when cooked; referred to as “Boar Taint.” With the feral pig explosion across many parts of North American hunters have developed the practice of “Twice hunting”. Hunters trap the male boars, take their testicles off (yikes), and then release the pigs for several months or up to a year before hunting them a second time and killing them. When the pigs are spayed the tend to graze a lot more and spend less time getting into fights. Their hormones obviously change as well which affect the muscle tissue of the sterile pigs.
No study has shown the food additive MSG to be dangerous and the entire public outcry against it in the 1970s was because of one letter sent to the New England Journal of Medicine.
The prune industry asked the FDA to relabel prunes as “dried plums” because “prunes” weren’t selling. It worked.
Spaghetti carbonara was once considered a poor man’s dish because the 3 main ingredients were things the peasants were always certain to have on hand: bacon, a little cheese, and eggs.
Romans sometimes roasted chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a goose stuffed inside a pig stuffed inside a cow.
The average pasta serving size is 480% larger than what’s recommended.
In 2005 the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, insulted Finnish cuisine and joked that Finns ate “marinated reindeer”. In 2008, Finland won an international pizza contest, beating Italy. The name of the winning pizza was “Pizza Berlusconi” and it was made of smoked reindeer.
Colonel Saunders disliked what the KFC franchise had done to the food so much that he described it as “the worst fried chicken I’ve ever seen” and called the gravy “wallpaper paste”.
A sly foodie convinced upper class Americans not to ever wash their salad bowls. The idea was that the dressing would cure the wooden bowl over time and make better and better salads. The real result was a rancid, smelly bowl. The practice continued for thirty years.
Generally, hot dogs are filled with a blend of meat made from trimmings of fat and starch or “cereal filler”. Then sealed up. Big companies such as Nestle, General Mills, Kraft, Cambell’s, Hillshire Farm and Heinz won’t reveal where their meat comes from. A study in 2007 found that eating processed meat increased the risk of getting bowel cancer. There wold be 4,000 fewer cases of bowel cancer if people had less than 70 grams of processed meat a week. For example, one hot dog contains around 30 grams of processed meat.
For the Guinness World Records, it is required in the guidelines of all “large food” type records that the item be fully edible, and distributed to the public for consumption, to prevent food wastage.
Chinese companies have been caught making tofu out of sewage and marinating meat in goat urine.
It is safe to eat the stickers that are on fruit, and the glue used to put them on is actually food grade
Two Domino’s Pizza employees in North Carolina were arrested in 2009 after a video surfaced on the Internet that showed one of them putting cheese up his nose while preparing sandwiches, farting on salami slices, and blowing his nose on the food, as the second employee filmed.