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  1. #1
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Crooked Food Manufacturers

    Time to give a few crooked food manufacturers some free publicity, not
    that any of them actually ever existed.

    Lets start off with "Moonshine Jelly". There is no alcohol in this
    jelly even though it is the first ingredient. And if there's no
    water, how did they dissolve the sugar? It's also not labeled
    properly for a consumable that contains ethyl alcohol. This is
    nothing other than sugared gelatin. It probably sold for $6-8 at some
    tourist trap. Costs $.05 in ingredients.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...in/photostream

    That's pretty low. Especially when you were in the mood for some
    Jell-O shots.

    Next we have some salmon that claims to be "alder smoked". Smoked, my
    ass! It's simple canned salmon that bypassed any known smoking
    process. The contents are pale enough to be chum salmon, or pink
    salmon at best. It sure ain't coho salmon. You can buy a can twice
    this size at Walmart for under $2.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...n/photostream/

    And the best has been saved for last. Friend runs a thrift store and
    this was in a box of odds and ends she was unpacking from who knows
    where. I picked it up and told her I'd give $5 if there was coffee in
    there, otherwise zilch. The bag was professionally sewn shut and you
    could feel another plastic bag crinkling around under the canvas. But
    under that they felt like pretty small beans...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...n/photostream/

    The bag was filled with brown lentils (sample shown bottom left).
    Before we opened it I had guessed split peas (she didn't believe me).
    And even those lentils were unfit (and probably unsafe) for normal
    human consumption. I don't know how much coffee costs, but this was
    obviously an infinite markup on this product.

    It's bad enough the quality of our food is declining, but when
    products are not what they say they are... well, people just suck.
    Greed and corruption is everywhere, not just in China.

    Anybody else have any good examples of pure, shameless food ripoffs
    (other than the perpetual fish scam at restaurants - which is still
    rampant)

    -sw

  2. #2
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Crooked Food Manufacturers


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Time to give a few crooked food manufacturers some free publicity, not
    > that any of them actually ever existed.
    >
    > Lets start off with "Moonshine Jelly". There is no alcohol in this
    > jelly even though it is the first ingredient. And if there's no
    > water, how did they dissolve the sugar? It's also not labeled
    > properly for a consumable that contains ethyl alcohol. This is
    > nothing other than sugared gelatin. It probably sold for $6-8 at some
    > tourist trap. Costs $.05 in ingredients.
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...in/photostream
    >
    > That's pretty low. Especially when you were in the mood for some
    > Jell-O shots.
    >
    > Next we have some salmon that claims to be "alder smoked". Smoked, my
    > ass! It's simple canned salmon that bypassed any known smoking
    > process. The contents are pale enough to be chum salmon, or pink
    > salmon at best. It sure ain't coho salmon. You can buy a can twice
    > this size at Walmart for under $2.
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...n/photostream/
    >
    > And the best has been saved for last. Friend runs a thrift store and
    > this was in a box of odds and ends she was unpacking from who knows
    > where. I picked it up and told her I'd give $5 if there was coffee in
    > there, otherwise zilch. The bag was professionally sewn shut and you
    > could feel another plastic bag crinkling around under the canvas. But
    > under that they felt like pretty small beans...
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz...n/photostream/
    >
    > The bag was filled with brown lentils (sample shown bottom left).
    > Before we opened it I had guessed split peas (she didn't believe me).
    > And even those lentils were unfit (and probably unsafe) for normal
    > human consumption. I don't know how much coffee costs, but this was
    > obviously an infinite markup on this product.
    >
    > It's bad enough the quality of our food is declining, but when
    > products are not what they say they are... well, people just suck.
    > Greed and corruption is everywhere, not just in China.
    >
    > Anybody else have any good examples of pure, shameless food ripoffs
    > (other than the perpetual fish scam at restaurants - which is still
    > rampant)
    >
    > -sw


    None. No examples but if you're having a need for moonshine, there's
    probably still a few corn-squeezers here in The Swamp. I could ask around.
    Polly


  3. #3
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Crooked Food Manufacturers

    On Sat, 4 Aug 2012 20:52:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:

    > None. No examples but if you're having a need for moonshine, there's
    > probably still a few corn-squeezers here in The Swamp. I could ask around.
    > Polly


    I lived in South Carolina for a little bit. The only place you could
    buy alcohol (usually of the corn variety) on Sunday was from
    clergymen.

    -sw

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