Stonyfield Email Response

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Recently I wrote a short article on stressing the importance of a restaurant or any business establishment to act on a review or comments posted online whether negative or positive.

In the same light I can't tell you how much I appreciate it when a company deals with an email or phone call quickly and to the point. No run around.

I wrote to Stonyfield Organic asking if they use pork, or alcohol in their products. They responded within 2 hours. You can read their response below. Although I will need to avoid their flavored products I will make an effort to use their plain yogurt with just the suggestion they gave, add my own fruits or flavorings.

Email transcript:

Hello Insiyah,

Thanks for reaching out to us about whether our products contain alcohol or pork products. Nothing we make contains pork. However,

Getting around with blinders on

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I suppose I can be accused of walking around with blinders on. While shopping I always look at ingredient labels, however, I tend to scan and look for the major offenders; pork, gelatine, alcohol, vanilla extract etc. Now, I realize the more I look into things, the more I NEED TO LOOK into things.

Today I came upon a product classified as a natural flavoring, Castoreum. Basically, this is made from the anal glands of a beaver. Ewwwww! This is not spelled out on labels, it just sits unassumingly in the classification on a label as natural flavoring if used in a product.

The term natural flavorings seems to be one item that needs more investigation. According to the FDA:

Beaver! Yeek...

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The exact definition of natural flavors from the Code of Federal Regulations is:

“The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

When the phrase ‘natural flavors’ appears on a package, the best move is to call the company and find out what the flavors are actually made from.

Ok guys get ready! I'm sure many people already know about this but here is an ingredient I'm gonna be on the look out for, castoreum! Yeek, its

How Sad Is This!

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Every year we generate around 14 million tons of food waste which is 106 pounds of food waste per person 570,000 tons of this is composted for a 4.1% recovery rate. The rest, or 13.4 million tons is incinerated or landfilled and occupies 6.3 million cubic yards of landfilled MSW.

Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/solidwasterecyclingfacts.htm

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