Skip to comments.25 Place Names and the USDA Rules for Their Use on Food Labels
Posted on 07/17/2014 12:21:23 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
One of the jobs of the USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service is to protect consumers by ensuring that food labels are accurate and not misleading. So it generally requires that when a product is described with a place name, e.g., Virginia Ham, it should actually come from that place. However, things arent always that simple. Some place names are simply a convenient way to refer to a type of food: We dont expect that Swiss Cheese really comes from Switzerland, and we accept that certain adjectivesItalian, Chinese, Thainame a certain food style or flavor profile apart from geographical origin.
The FSIS guidelines state that you can use a place name when a product doesnt come from that place if it is clearly part of a trademark name (Swiss Chalet) or is qualified by the word brand, as in Milwaukee Brand Bacon, Made in Chicago, Illinois. You can also use place names to describe certain food preparation styles if they are qualified by the word style, as in Buffalo Style Chicken. However style is not always required, nor is it always allowed. And place names qualified with style require specific preparations or ingredients to be used. Because of these complications, the guidelines for place names on product labels can be quite complex. Here are 25 place names and the restrictions on their use on food labels.
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The FDA, worrying about names and labels and Amish selling Raw milk....
I meant USDA
Both get into parts of the act.
And your tax dollars pay for it!
Yes, me too. I will sleep well tonight for the first time in a long time.
Ive eaten speck, prosciutto, Serrano, and country style (aged cured) American Country hams - none of which look like that nasty chunk of mold - that pic is inconsistent with the others
Governments regulate to the point of making everything illegal. Then they can get down to the real power trip; the power to prosecute their political enemies at will. In 21st century America, you're guilty of something.
Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. Youd better get it straight that its not a bunch of boy scouts youre up against... Were after power and we mean it... Theres no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there arent enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? Whats there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now thats the system, Mr. Reardon, thats the game, and once you understand it, youll be much easier to deal with. (Atlas Shrugged, 1957)
Not 100% sure this is intentional, but...
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
- Ayn Rand, 1957 -
I agree, looks nasty.
Thank you, Nanny State!
They take such good care of us. We are helpless without them. I think I just threw up a little.