Attention, peasants: Feds will allow you to consume decent beer and cheese after all

posted at 7:41 pm on June 13, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

This week, economic freedom found unlikely allies when the regulatory state decided to go after aged, artisan cheese. In a capricious “clarification” of existing law with sweeping consequences, the Food and Drug Administration informed the country that the formerly acceptable practice of aging cheeses on wooden boards had officially become verboten. The announcement also suggested even foreign cheeses aged on boards might be in danger.

Those who enjoy artisan cheese— a group populated disproportionately by those who normally encourage the regulatory state at every turn— were dismayed. Small business people and cheese enthusiasts were fearful, with good reason, as cheese blog Cheese Underground explained:

Many of the most awarded and well-respected American artisan cheeses are currently aged on wooden boards. American Cheese Society triple Best in Show winner Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese in Wisconsin is cured on wooden boards. Likewise for award-winners Cabot Clothbound in Vermont, current U.S. Champion cheese Marieke Gouda, and 2013 Best in Show Runner-Up Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar.

Wisconsin cheesemaker Chris Roelli says the FDA’s “clarified” stance on using wooden boards is a “potentially devastating development” for American cheesemakers. He and his family have spent the past eight years re-building Roelli Cheese into a next-generation American artisanal cheese factory. Just last year, he built what most would consider to be a state-of-the-art aging facility into the hillside behind his cheese plant. And Roelli, like hundreds of American artisanal cheesemaekrs, has developed his cheese recipes specifically to be aged on wooden boards.

“The very pillar that we built our niche business on is the ability to age our cheese on wood planks, an art that has been practiced in Europe for thousands of years,” Roelli says. Not allowing American cheesemakers to use this practice puts them “at a global disadvantage because the flavor produced by aging on wood can not be duplicated. This is a major game changer for the dairy industry in Wisconsin, and many other states.”

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is the culprit, here, administered as all these things are by bureaucrats with no, ahem, cheddar of their own on the line when they make such pronouncements. It gives Americans yet another reason to be wary of any legislation described as “sweeping.”

“Food safety is something I take seriously, not just as your president but as a parent,” President Obama said as he launched his pitch for a food-safety regulation overhaul, bravely defeating yet another straw man in the process.

The law gave the FDA “broad new powers,” the Washington Post reported at the time. Do not fear unintended consequences or overreach, little people.

“It’s a big leap forward in applying modern, preventive measures across the whole food supply,” Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in an interview. “It’s important to see these rules as setting the standards for food safety.”

The FDA backed off its cheese ruling Wednesday after an uproar from urbane cheese-eaters and freedom lovers alike. Even Vox went Galt on this one, helpfully explaining to the rest of us the downside of overzealous regulation. Thanks, guys! The federal agency released a statement that basically says, “Fine, we’ll allow you to do this for now, but we reserve the right to change our minds.”

“The agency’s regulations do not specifically address the use of shelving made of wood in cheesemaking, nor is there any FSMA requirement in effect that addresses this issue. Moreover, the FDA has not taken any enforcement action based solely on the use of wooden shelves.

“At issue is a January 2014 communication from the agency’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services, which was sent in response to questions from New York State.

“The FDA recognizes that this communication has prompted concerns in the artisanal cheesemaking community. The communication was not intended as an official policy statement, but was provided as background information on the use of wooden shelving for aging cheeses and as an analysis of related scientific publications.

“The FDA will engage with the artisanal cheesemaking community, state officials and others to learn more about current practices and discuss the safety of aging certain types of cheeses on wooden shelving, as well as to invite stakeholders to share any data or evidence they have gathered related to safety and the use of wood surfaces. We welcome this open dialogue.

Andrew Coulson of Cato translates:

FDA: Oh. What? Did you think we meant we were going to regulate your much loved, centuries-old practices out of existence just because we’re a regulatory agency that stops people from doing things for a living? Of course we’re not doing that… right now… while the media spotlight is so bright it’s hurting our eyes… but you’d better convince us we should allow you to do that anyway…

But as Cato’s Walter Olson explains, this apparent victory for sanity and liberty may simply be due to the fact that the usual advocates of regulatory encroachment in every aspect of our lives happened to have been personally inconvenienced this time around, and may have had the subject-area knowledge to realize how ridiculous this encroachment was. So, for once, they pushed back instead of rooting for leviathan.

Perhaps they’ll learn a broader lesson. Hey, what? Stop laughing.

In other news, the FDA is also dispensing with the 70-day review process to which it had formerly subjected any new craft beer formula. Because Lord knows you can’t be putting chocolate in a porter or lemon in a shandy without informing the federal government:

Federal officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months. The changes mean consumers could see new brews showing up in stores and bars more quickly, while brewers will enjoy greater flexibility to experiment with ingredients and production techniques.

“It’s great news in terms of streamlining for the brewer,” says Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, a Colorado-based trade group for the majority of the 2,800 brewing companies in the United States. “It does give (brewers) greater freedom and chances are beer drinkers will have more options of beers available to them.”

The rule change, announced last week by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, greenlights the use of more than 30 ingredients — including honey, certain fruits, spices and coffee — in beer recipes without getting formula approval. It also says producers no longer need prior approval to age beer in barrels previously used to store wine and distilled spirits, a popular trend among the growing craft beer market.

Formula approvals from the agency have averaged about 70 days and are needed before brewers get their labels approved, which in itself can take more than 15 days, according to the agency.

So, enjoy your access to this vast array of fed-approved ingredients, American citizens! And lift a glass to this great, free nation where the government keeps an ever-shortening list of things you’re allowed to do instead of a short list of things you’re prohibited from doing.

In other good news, fat is okay again. Sorry about the 30-year misinformation campaign, everyone! Enjoy your obesity!

Previously:

Save the cheese!
The FDA wants to regulate spent grains, and the beer industry is not having it

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Stay the hell outta’ my cheese….

OmahaConservative on June 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Don’t be messin’ with my brew now, y’all!

dissent555 on June 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

The only cheese that needs to be regulated, banned for life, is the the” big Cheese ” in the WH.
Sorry MKH…this is good news, we don’t need any meddling in how time old methods for many foods/drinks we enjoy, heck civilization would have died off ages ago if these methods were so bad.

Bakokitty on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I noticed that the women on hotair mostly cover food, travel and the environment related stuff. The men cover the meaty stuff like the hill, war and peace and you know crap people care about. Is this accidental or by design? :-)

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Dang, OC takes the cheese …

dissent555 on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

fromage is a wondermus thing…
and now… on dried on new federally approved boards…
sniffles..
I’m gonna need a tissue..

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I’m sorry but what would aged cheeses do?

Flange on June 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Because Lord knows you can’t be putting chocolate in a porter or lemon in a shandy without informing the federal government:

I’ll side the government on this one, making flavored beers should be considered a criminal act.

lowandslow on June 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

sorry … dried on new fed….

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I noticed that the women on hotair mostly cover food, travel and the environment related stuff. The men cover the meaty stuff like the hill, war and peace and you know crap people care about. Is this accidental or by design? :-)

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Erika does wonders with energy, which happens to be an important subject. And MKH does more than hold her own with BOR & Juan.

And now thank you your lordships! bows low to his betters

rbj on June 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I noticed that the women on hotair mostly cover food, travel and the environment related stuff. The men cover the meaty stuff like the hill, war and peace and you know crap people care about. Is this accidental or by design? :-)

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I’ve noticed that you’re not terribly perceptive, persuasive, or bright.

de rigueur on June 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM

The cheese should be banned. The FDA should enforce this Act to its fullest extent, so that it can be repealed more quickly. Making exceptions like this keeps bad laws on the books.

lorien1973 on June 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I wonder if anyone at the FDA has seen how Kim Chi is made?

docflash on June 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

ham and cheese..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I noticed that the women on hotair mostly cover food, travel and the environment related stuff. The men cover the meaty stuff like the hill, war and peace and you know crap people care about. Is this accidental or by design? :-)

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

bluegill is that you? ;)

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I noticed that the women on hotair mostly cover food, travel and the environment related stuff.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I noticed you haven’t fixed me a sammich yet. :)

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

But the feds are still going after beer mash for cattle feed:
From Huffpost

JimK on June 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I wonder if anyone at the FDA has seen how Kim Chi is made?

docflash on June 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

raciiiissss!!

burrata on June 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BallisticBob on June 13, 2014 at 8:16 PM

They’re worried about cheese and beer, but I can by these, no questions asked?

BallisticBob on June 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM

In other good news, fat is okay again. Sorry about the 30-year misinformation campaign, everyone!

This research brought to you by the people who hide the decline.

burrata on June 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Of course that makes sense. The government exists for the benefit of The Party. If members of The Party are going to protest an EPA regulation, then there’s no reason to have that regulation. The EPA can be reasoned with…by members of The Party.

Axeman on June 13, 2014 at 8:23 PM

QOTD is up…

OmahaConservative on June 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I always knew that you didn’t care about the environment. Sorry, but most of us do.

blink on June 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Haha!

You care about the environment the way Erika cares about ducks near an oil field in Idaho?

You care about the environment the way Erika cares about air quality in a West Virginia coal mine?

You care about the environment the way Erika cares about polar bears in ANWR after she’s been told it will be open for drilling?

Oh I could go on. :-)

So I guess you care a lot. My bad. I take the not caring about the environment part back.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

de rigueur on June 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Apparently didn’t learn anything from the nuking of its fishy friend, either.

novaculus on June 13, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I noticed you haven’t fixed me a sammich yet. :)

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I just got back from getting the prefect ham for the sammich. Nothing but the best for you. I ordered the mustard from Germany, so that delayed it a bit.

It’s ready now. Would you a beer with that? :-)

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 8:31 PM

A locally-brewed beer here in Texas turned me on to the products of a brewery older than the English language. My macaroni and cheese involves a small amount of truffle-laced Gouda.

None of us have died yet

Sekhmet on June 13, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I want the government to stop helping me.

307wolverine on June 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

QOTD is up…

OmahaConservative on June 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM
Calling all the loons, rude buffoons, trolls, and soccer fans.

22044 on June 13, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Wake up America. This isn’t about cheese or beer. This is about our entire food system. right now 80-90% of the food in the supermarket is straight up poison made from High fructose corn syrup, soy and MSG. The Obesity problem has nothing to do with personal responsibility and everything to do with the “food” the government is feeding us. How do you control a population you control their food. You give them low nutritional high calorie food so they are fat dumb and happy yet they don’t have the energy to do anything about the power grab. The fed gov has already outlawed raw milk from crossing borders and at the same time is legalizing pot. Does that make sense? Yes if you want a population that is brain dead zombies with no energy or drive to shake the power elites. You are what you eat. Almost every processed food in the supermarket is laced with MSG. Almost every processed food is made with the same three major ingredients. Soy, Corn and MSG. they just had a couple extra flavors and it makes a “different food” Of course they want to go after Cheese. Cheese is a high nutritional food. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kraft or other big food companies had a hand in writing the Law. and the same time this is going on the new Laws are forcing small farms out of business. So the ADM’s Cargill’s and Monsanto’s have a monopoly on our food supply. then the Farm bill allows those companies to buy corn and soy for less then what is costs the farmers to grow them ensuring that all of our food will continue to be made by those ingredients. It is about to late to save our food supply. We as a country have food that has almost zero nutrients but high calories, have very little small farms growing good food and the government is in the process of closing farms and food markers like these Cheese makers to the public forcing us to get all our food from supermarkets. Which means we will never know where our food came from, how it was raised, grown or made and only have “labels” to tell us what is in our food. Labels controlled and regulated by the government.

anyone that stops eating the poison they call food and switch to whole unprocessed food, grass raised meats and eggs and cheese made from pastured animals will lose weight, feel younger, look younger and have more energy then you know what to do with. energy like our ancestors had that allowed them to settle an entire country.

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Please, let us start by abolishing the cheese regulators.

J.B. Say on June 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

…the government should drink…our piss!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Please, let us start by abolishing the cheese regulators.

J.B. Say on June 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Did he say “Blessed are the cheesemakers”?

dbageotech on June 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

This government is becoming more like George III every day.

EA_MAN on June 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Good luck with this one. I tried it a couple of weeks ago and was told “there’s nothing wrong with our food supply.” Yeah, except for that mad cow-laced beef they just discovered…

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Attention, peasants: Feds will allow you to consume decent beer and cheese after all all the taxpayer money you want.

Wigglesworth on June 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Good luck with this one. I tried it a couple of weeks ago and was told “there’s nothing wrong with our food supply.” Yeah, except for that mad cow-laced beef they just discovered…

vlad martel on June 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

yeah it takes awhile and people don’t really understand until they stop eating the poison, how bad the food is for them. the Food companies make sure the poison tastes very good and its a slow acting poison for most. In fact most people don’t see the effects of the garbage they eat until they are in their 40′s or 50′s. Even then they think the cancer, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and the other host of illness is their fault for eating “too much fat” or too “many sweets” or not exercising enough or just being unlucky. Most have no idea that it is all due to the steady slow poison they were fed over years by these big food companies sanctioned and paid for by our government taxes. I was like them for years. the only way to really understand how much poison we eat is to go off the processed food for about a month and see for yourself the difference eating real whole food, fresh fruits and veggies, grass fed meat, wild caught fish etc makes to your body mind and spirit.

unseen on June 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Calm down.

Seriously. Relax.

Erika’s reporting doesn’t speak to caring about polar bears, coal mines or ducks.

bettycooper on June 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

We should all bow and scrape before our betters at the FDA, thank them for their reprieve for they truly know whats best for us!

How nice of Time magazine to acknowledge the obvious. The internet has been spreading the word and they can’t ignore it anymore. I’ve recently made diet changes and have seen good results. Cut out most carbs, cook with butter and eat meats with all those evil saturated fats. Does wonders for the body.

Its hard not to laugh in various doctors/medical professionals faces when they tell me to keep up with my “low fat, high fiber diet”. Yeah, so why did my cholesterol go down despite eating bacon and eggs everyday? Might it be not eating bread (along with other fast carbs)? I guess I should just take statins right? More pills says big pharma. Hey why not, Johnny Boy Roberts says Gov owns us all, right? I mean, its settled law doncha know.

oryguncon on June 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Don’t tread on brie!

WesternActor on June 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I’ve been to Mexico, so I’ve seen what a lack of an FDA-style agency can do. Liberals can shutup with their strawman that somehow the US food and beverage industry is akin to Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”.

Government expands to meet the needs of expanding government. I bet that the democrat’s pals in the establish beer and cheese industry were behind some of the FDA’s new “rulings”.

This is yet more proof that government is too big and costs too much. Instead of approving new drugs these rocket scientists are studying beer and cheese. That’s not a job for government.

Chockblock on June 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Instead of approving new drugs these rocket scientists are studying beer and cheese. That’s not a job for government.

Chockblock on June 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Where in the constitution does it say that approving new drugs is a job for government?

gryphon202 on June 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

In other good news, fat is okay again.

That’s been obvious for years. But the news still hasn’t penetrated to our federal government. Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity program is entirely based on forcing children to eat low-sodium, low-fat, low-calorie diets on the mistaken notion that it will help with obesity.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 14, 2014 at 1:44 AM

I noticed that the women on hotair mostly cover food, travel and the environment related stuff. The men cover the meaty stuff like the hill, war and peace and you know crap people care about. Is this accidental or by design? :-)

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

That seems incredibly insulting to Erika Johnsen, who writes some of the most substantive posts on Hot Air on a lot of complicated subjects. Including, just recently, taking down the false claims made by the Bloomberg astroturf group about school shootings.

Do you just try to stir things up with these wild accusations? It’s really bizarre.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 14, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Don’t miss this attack on the good life. It may or may not be your definition of how to relax, but for many, a fine cigar and a brandy is the best.

FDA is going after cigars

They tried this a few years ago. I responded by sending a letter to Senator Boxer (stop laughing, dammit). Instead of getting a reasoned response, I got a nanny-state, condescending finger wag and a lecture on the evils of demon tobacco. The only thing missing was a cluck-cluck noise and a firm slap on the knuckles.

I suspect that the attempt died when Senators and Congresspersons realized that they smoke cigars, too.

kurtzz3 on June 14, 2014 at 2:35 AM

Whatever will the bigwigs at the FDA do for their wine and cheese receptions?

I don’t think Ripple and Velveeta will do for those folks.

trigon on June 14, 2014 at 4:13 AM

I’ll side the government on this one, making flavored beers should be considered a criminal act.

lowandslow on June 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Just because you like lawnmower beer doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a kriek or an oatmeal stout. :p

BillH on June 14, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Fat is good again? I beg to differ. I, for one, accept the consensus and settled science of the past thirty years. Ignore at your own peril.

tyketto on June 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM

The best and brightest are running the country…into the ground.

southsideironworks on June 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Fat is good again? I beg to differ. I, for one, accept the consensus and settled science of the past thirty years. Ignore at your own peril.

tyketto on June 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Interesting play…I think.

22044 on June 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

That seems incredibly insulting to Erika Johnsen, who writes some of the most substantive posts on Hot Air on a lot of complicated subjects. Including, just recently, taking down the false claims made by the Bloomberg astroturf group about school shootings.

Do you just try to stir things up with these wild accusations? It’s really bizarre.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 14, 2014 at 1:47 AM

It was an observation. I am not claiming it’s right. What is insulting is YOUR claim that it is insulting to Erika. Unlike you I don’t think Erika gives two F about my observation.

Observation
2.
a remark, statement, or comment based on something one has seen, heard, or noticed.
“he made a telling observation about Hugh”
synonyms: remark, comment, statement, utterance, pronouncement, declaration; More

Claim

1.
an assertion of the truth of something, typically one that is disputed or in doubt.
“he was dogged by the claim that he had CIA links”
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Words have meaning.

coolrepublica on June 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

If the fda tries to close down all the micro brews, all we’ll be left with is that watered down stuff Big Brew is putting out. Are the sausage and hot dog makers on this fda list, too?

Kissmygrits on June 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

If the fda tries to close down all the micro brews, all we’ll be left with is that watered down stuff Big Brew is putting out. Are the sausage and hot dog makers on this fda list, too?

Kissmygrits on June 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

most laws today are written by big business interests to stifle compitition. what that tells me is the micro brews are putting a dent into big brew’s bottom line and they want they driven out of business. Same with the small cheese makers. They are hurting the big cheese companies like KRAFT would be my guess. Most of the “food safety” regimes are adopted not because they are safer but because they are expensive to install and enforce by small business. The big comapnies have no problem covering the added cost they just fire american workers and hire illegals or move the operations overseas to cover the additional costs. The small mom and pop business are mostly self employed or employ neioghbors and they can’t defer the additional costs and are forced to close or sell to the big guys. Our capitalistic system is no more now we have crony capitalism.

unseen on June 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I love this headline.

Alana on June 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

“The FDA will engage with the artisanal cheesemaking community, state officials and others to learn more about current practices

Would’ve been nice if you’d done that before writing the regulations about it.

ss396 on June 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

As Coolrepublica so succinctly illustrates in this very thread, liberalism could not exist as a politicalp philosophy without straw men. Obama’s West point straw men are but the most egregious recent example.

Liberal trope: “I am for a clean environment.”
Unspoken liberal straw man: “My opponent is for a dirty environment.”

Liberal trope: “I am for a living wage.”
Unspoken liberal straw man: “My opponent is for poverty.”

Liberal trope: “I am against racism.”
Unspoken liberal straw man: “My opponent is not only racist, but he is for racism!”

No need to question how conservatives would benefit from a dirty environment, povery, or racism. The emotionally wrought argument is made and thusly real debate and argument is shut down.

gryphon202 on June 14, 2014 at 11:13 AM

What about requiring grocery stores to use only cloth bags thats all the rage these days? Fed gov is worried about bacteria on wood shelves with cheese and yet we’re supposedly saving the earth by making people use cloth bags for their groceries instead of plastic or paper. How often will people wash their cloth grocery bags?

oryguncon on June 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Cheese Underground?!? WTH? As if there has been some great societal backlash against fancy cheeses and these people have to meet anonymously online just to get their fancy mold-product jollies?!? *facepalm*

As to the government meddling in our food – why the heck is the FDA approving anything going to market that doesn’t make medicinal claims or have massively freaky production/harvesting methods? I can see them regulating *some* cheese (that maggot stuff… yeah, that might need a little). I can see them regulating beer if someone decided “Hey, this stuff tastes like urine, maybe I should make some with urine and see if it sells!” Maybe coffee that has been shat out of some critter’s nether region should be regulated, too. But, seriously, these folks need to be told “Get the he!! out of my food and out of my store and LEAVE ME ALONE!”

GWB on June 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I’ve got some from-undah cheese and toe-jam for the FDA to sample.
Gonna regulate that too morons?

Pelosi Schmelosi on June 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I can see them regulating *some* cheese (that maggot stuff… yeah, that might need a little).
GWB on June 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Too much Andrew Zimmerman, eh?

Look, I’m tolerant, provided I don’t have to participate. (Same goes for most “gay” activities, etc.) I just want the stuff labeled as to contents, though. A confection labeled “Crunchy Frog” should include the fact that there’s an entire dead frog, with bones, inside. And “Spring Surprise” is not an adequate description of the sweetmeat…

ReggieA on June 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Too much Andrew Zimmerman, eh?

Look, I’m tolerant, provided I don’t have to participate. (Same goes for most “gay” activities, etc.) I just want the stuff labeled as to contents, though. A confection labeled “Crunchy Frog” should include the fact that there’s an entire dead frog, with bones, inside. And “Spring Surprise” is not an adequate description of the sweetmeat…

ReggieA on June 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Ah but the food industry doesn’t want you to know what is in the food you eat:

Food Industry Associations Sue Vermont Over GMO Labeling Law

National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016.

The lawsuit was filed jointly by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers. Together, those associations represent hundreds of food and beverage manufacturers, as well as pesticide and pharmaceutical companies.

In a statement on the lawsuit, GMA called the law “a costly and misguided measure that will set the nation on a path toward a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies that do nothing to advance the health and safety of consumers.”

http://www.foodsafetynews.com

And they also want to be able to call your food anything they want to call it regardless of what it is made of:

Supco: FDA-Approved Label Does Not Prevent False Advertising Claims
By News Desk | June 13, 2014

……U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that their Pom Wonderful juice company can sue Coca-Cola for falsely advertising a pomegranate drink.

In a case that’s significant for determining what’s allowed when it comes to labeling food and beverages, Pom Wonderful got the legal green light to go after Coke for mislabeling a drink that is 99.4-percent apple and grape juice. Coke calls it “Pomegranate Blueberry” and that’s misleading, according to Pom Wonderful, since the Coke product is 0.3-percent pomegranate, 0.2-percent blueberry and 0.1-percent raspberry juice……

…..Coke’s position was that the approval for its label by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) precluded false advertising claims under the Lanham Act. Lower courts had agreed that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) precluded the Lanham Act on false advertising.

But the lower courts got it wrong. The Supreme Court said the FDCA and the Lanham Act are supposed to work in concert. POM’s claim against Coke can go forward. The FDCA does not preclude Lanham Act lawsuits.

In the 8-0 decision, the high court said there is nothing in the text, history, or structure of the FDCA or the Lanham Act to indicate that Congress intended the use of one to preclude the other. (Justice Stephen Breyer recused himself from the case.)

Instead, the court said the FDCA and the Lanham Act complement each other in the federal regulation of misleading food and beverage labels and that competitors can bring false advertising claims for food and beverage products with labels approved by FDA….

unseen on June 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

A confection labeled “Crunchy Frog” should include the fact that there’s an entire dead frog, with bones, inside. And “Spring Surprise” is not an adequate description of the sweetmeat…

ReggieA on June 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

But our sales would plummet.

Flange on June 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Fear not, ye peasants!
Free Surplus Government Cheese
Never touches wood.

Haiku Guy on June 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM

When a government will send men with guns, prepared to use deadly force, to prevent free people from trading in raw milk & cheese…is it time to shoot back?

They are threatening us with DEATH for consuming the most basic foodstuffs man has ever produced.

Isn’t that evil?

Why shouldn’t they be rightfully killed for such viciousness?

Gal_Spunes on June 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM