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.
Anytime you see an ingredients list that includes carmine, cochineal extract or natural red 4, the product contains crushed up bugs.
How many rodent hairs do you prefer in your peanut butter? The FDA gives the thumbs up if there is no more than one in every 100 grams of your food. Disguised as “natural contaminants,” rodent hair and bug parts are not only in your food, but they are approved to be there. Apparently eating bug legs and mouse hair is safer than using chemicals to control the pests in food making facilities.
Movie popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon.
A marketer for Kraft Foods rotated their square Shreddies cereal 45 degrees, and re-marketed them as the new “Diamond Shreddies”. The new product showed a large increase in sales and test groups even reported a difference in flavor.
“Sell by” and “best by” dates are unregulated and have no relationship to safety, part of why Americans toss 160 billion pounds of food every year.
Nestle has sold over 200 flavors of Kit Kat to Japan, including soy sauce, creme brulee, green tea, and banana.
Gordon Ramsay challenged James May from Top Gear to eat three delicacies as a “test of a man.” The third delicacy was rotten shark, which Ramsay spat out, while May finished and responded, “You disappoint me, Ramsay.”