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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Federal Government wants to cut minimum amount of meat on a frozen pizza.   ( divider line
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2001-11-08 08:34:33 AM  
Frozen Pizza suck, but I am glad our government is doing something important.
2001-11-08 09:01:02 AM  
Yup. It's about time the government stepped in and regulated the pizza business.
2001-11-08 09:02:31 AM  
But Kraft Foods and other frozen-pizza makers say they need the change. The Northfield company, which has seen pizza sales balloon from $190 million a year to $1 billion in the past decade, and the others say the rules keep them from offering lower-fat pizzas and even keep them from adding some new sauces and ethnic styles.

If the USDA changes its rules, pizza makers could cut out some of the meat and experiment with toppings like pesto sauce or alfredo sauce, said Jaye Neagle, senior director of research and development for Kraft's pizza division, which makes DiGiorno, Tombstone and California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas.

It might be interesting to try some new toppings. But if one does decide to scrimp or make you pay extra now for the same amount of meat, I will never buy that pizza again.
2001-11-08 09:04:02 AM  
Shrimp is good on pizza.
2001-11-08 09:11:06 AM  
The federal government, which has rules about these things,

Oh, I like that. That's snarky.
2001-11-08 09:15:30 AM  
did anyone catch that'
"National Frozen Pizza Institute"
2001-11-08 09:22:59 AM  
God forbid people consume less meat.
2001-11-08 09:33:06 AM  
Dear god in heaven why the fark is the federal government regulating our farking pizza?????

I'm the federal government blah bla blah
big government is good Blah blah blah
I regulate pizzas Blah blah BLAAAAAH

>homage de homer<
2001-11-08 09:43:26 AM  
they are PAYING government employees to make rules about frozen pizza!! I wonder how much these people make compared to you and me. I MAKE pizza for a living.
2001-11-08 09:44:33 AM  
This makes me glad to know that my tax dollars are going to put an end to the heinous crime of pizza fraud.
2001-11-08 09:53:47 AM  

Someone should call the cops. Tony's pizzas have about 4 pepperonis on them.

But I love pie.

If you want good, cheap pie, buy the ingredients and make it yourself. I recommend baking it on a pizza stone, too.

If you must have frozen pie, Tombstone, Red Baron, DiGiorno and Freschetta are fairly consistently tasty. Kroger makes some pretty good knock-offs too.
2001-11-08 10:08:36 AM  
Ten brownie points to the farker who can remember which administration declard ketchup a vegetable fro school lunches.
2001-11-08 10:09:24 AM  
Er, that's "for," not to be confused with the hairstyle, "fro." Also, plunk an extra "e" in the word "declard".
2001-11-08 10:15:12 AM  
2001-11-08 10:16:19 AM  
The "meat" they have on some frozen pizza looks like rabbit t*rds.
2001-11-08 10:17:45 AM  
If they go through with this, then the terrorists have already one as far as I'm concerned.
2001-11-08 10:20:11 AM  
The Reagan administration declared ketchup a veggie. The Clinton admin did the same for salsa. I've made both, and there are a hell of a lot more tomatoes in a given volume of ketchup.
2001-11-08 10:20:14 AM  
Nope: Reagan.
2001-11-08 10:21:04 AM  
LooseShoes: Have you SEEN what the tomatoes for processed products look like? Ecch.
2001-11-08 10:31:05 AM  
What ever happened to the free enterprise system? If a company makes a shiatty product, no one buys it and that company goes out of business.

There is a word for governments that control all companies and the products they produce... communism.
2001-11-08 10:32:27 AM  
What the hell happend to the idea of a free market? If there's not enough meat on the frozen pizza, you don't have to buy it. Stupid government. I'm starting to sound like a Republican. Damn. Somebody shoot me.
2001-11-08 10:32:27 AM  
I want more rat feces in my hot dogs.
2001-11-08 11:04:37 AM  
LooseShoes: Since tomatoes are actually a fruit, you're saying the salsa designation is more correct, I assume.
2001-11-08 11:08:59 AM  
The real intriguing part of that article is not the fact that "The federal government, which has rules about these things, is thinking of easing its requirements on how much meat has to be on a frozen pizza," but that "The rules on how much meat and how much cheese frozen pizzas must have were ... intended, in part, to get people to eat more meat and cheese"

Once again the government is overstepping its one necessary responsibility to keep people safe and is deciding what sector of the economy should (or shouldn't) do well. Meat and Cheese companies - Good. Tomato companies - Good. Microsoft - Bad.

Well, Microsoft might suck, but that doesn't mean the government should try to run them into the ground.

Diclaimer - C-Pod works for one of the companies which produces frozen pizzas and has also owned Microsoft stock for years.
2001-11-08 12:07:10 PM  
Well, I for one could certainly use a little less of the stuff that passes for 'meat' on some pizzas. But on the other hand, I just realized that this likely doesn't affect me, being Canadian! Zoop!

...Of course, we'll probably follow suit eventually. Hooray for letting the Government run just a little more of our lives.
2001-11-08 12:32:30 PM  
Mighty kind of the government. They don't often give back the things they've taken.
2001-11-08 01:07:24 PM  
They have gone too far, my friends, it is time for REVOLUTION!!
2001-11-08 03:04:41 PM  
No really...they won't give me money for school but they'll give it to people to do THIS for a living? I wonder at what point they'll realize that their lives amount to nothing more than being tax-dollar sucking beaurocrats and throw themselves off of cliffs. I wish that would happen more.
2001-11-08 06:24:23 PM  
The use of definitions and claims for products dates back almost a century. Pig fat used to be sold as margarine until regulations stated they couldn't. Mayonaisse has a defintion requiring it contain eggs. Cheese must contain milk. That is why you sometimes see "cheese food product", which is not cheese. They don't call it that voluntarily. It's not cheese, and they shouldn't be allowed to call it that. Same as snake oil salesman should not be allowed to claim their products cure cancer when they don't. Food and medicine are regulated, and should be.
2001-11-08 06:42:35 PM  
And to complete the spreading of good news, note that this is a misleading title. According to the article, frozen pizzas have been federally regulated for years now. They're currently considering DEregulating it, which is a good idea.
2001-11-08 07:09:57 PM  
I love totino's pizzas. I could eat them every day. I've never had any illusions about the quality of the meat--we used to call them "Dog Food Pizzas." However, I am bummed about the quantity of the meat...
2001-11-08 07:53:50 PM  
I love Hawaiian pizza...chicken, almonds, cinnamon, and pineapple...and BBQ chicken pizza....

My husband loves them too.
2001-11-08 09:26:06 PM  
Shouldn't the farking USDA be more concerned with making sure that our food hasn't been contaminated by the lurking terrorist element?

Regulating pizza?! Spend my tax dollars elsewhere you retards.
2001-11-08 11:49:57 PM  
Damnit, the government is meant to defend us from outside threats. That is not an outside threat, this is something the government can't legally touch, and why do they, because the Liberals (Liberalism was formed by communists by the way, at least they take the credit) feel that the federal government should control everything right down to how we wipe our ass.
2001-11-09 08:28:34 PM  
You have to remember how these pizzas are manufactured. Elves run around the night before garbage day taking all the pizza boxes out of the garbage. The scrapings and leftovers are recycled into Tombstones, Totinos and all the rest. Thus the term "cardboard" pizza.
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