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(WPTV)   New Jersey lawyers sue Tropicana, claiming the company uses too many chemicals and isn't as 'natural' as they advertise. Tropicana then counter-sues New Jersey for same claim   ( divider line
    More: Amusing, Tropicana, New Jersey, Michael Jacobson, Ben & Jerry, Grocery Manufacturers Association, chemicals  
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2012-05-31 09:10:53 AM  
As I recall, Tropicana and pretty much every other orange juice manufacture process the extracted juice in gigantic vacuum vats. However, because of that process, the resulting juice has almost no smell and flavor to it, so Tropicana would add artificial orange flavors to the juice to give it the taste you get when you drink it.
2012-05-31 09:58:47 AM  
Release the Anita Byrant!
2012-05-31 11:22:22 AM  
Fark's favorite platonic life partner covered zombie orange juice:

The process indeed starts with the oranges being squeezed, but that's the first and last normal step in the process. The juice is then immediately sealed in giant holding tanks and all the oxygen is removed. That allows the liquid to keep without spoiling for up to a year. That's why they can distribute it year-round, even when oranges aren't in season.

There is just one downside to the process (from the manufacturers' point of view, that is) -- it removes all the taste from the liquid. So, now they're stuck with vats of extremely vintage watery fruit muck that tastes of paper and little else. What's a poor giant beverage company to do? Why, they re-flavor that shiat with a carefully constructed mix of chemicals called a flavor pack, which are manufactured by the same fragrance companies that formulate CK One and other perfumes. Then they bottle the orange scented paper water and sell it to you.

And, thanks to a loophole in regulations, they often don't even bother mentioning the flavor pack chemicals in the list of ingredients.
2012-05-31 11:40:52 AM  
Newsflash: most fruit juices are the nutritional equivalent of soda pop.
2012-05-31 11:49:42 AM  
Sort of like Scotch distillers sneaking in caramel colour to make their drinks look pretty and not listing it as an additive but with less cancer.
2012-05-31 11:52:08 AM  
This is actually quite disturbing but not entirely unexpected. If you've ever tasted freshly squeezed orange juice, it tastes nothing like the orange juice you buy in the store.
2012-05-31 11:59:02 AM  
FTA: The orange juice lawsuits are just the latest disputes over "all natural" claims. Over the past several years, a number of major national brands have been attacked for what consumers have called deceptive labeling. Tostidos, SunChips, Snapple and Ben & Jerry's ice cream have all faced similar attacks.,

Read more: -company-slammed-for-natural-claims#ixzz1wSmdMuZD

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It's Tostitos, Get it right biatches.
2012-05-31 12:39:00 PM  
Ha ha... friggin hilarious. We got the chemicals that's for sure...
2012-05-31 12:53:54 PM  
This pleases me on so many levels. I have very little problem with the quality of most foods and products but I despise being lied to.

I took notice some time ago how a lot of food companies piled onto the early diet craze by doing nothing to decrease the calories in their products, but slapping a new, low calorie diet sticker on them and increasing the cost. Then there was that whole hidden cholesterol thing in margarines.

When Organics took off, it seemed that if a product had a chunk of real potato in the mix, it got touted as organic and the price jumped. The same thing with stuff that used a small percentage of recycled materials. Most toilet paper companies had been using a large percentage of recycled paper in their product for years and not boasting about it. Then one company popped up with TP made from 100% recycled -- meaning they eliminated the maybe ¼ 'virgin' paper pulp used and DOUBLED their prices.

I especially have a real problem with the majority of infomercial goods and their exaggerated claims, often backed up by 'physicians' who are paid actors. I do so love the metal bracelet that, in it's various forms over the years, reinvigorates, energizes, soothes arthritis, apparently cures the common cold and puts 'iron' back in a guys 'stiffy'. Just $39.95 plus S&H.

It costs about $2.00 to make and does absolutely nothing for you.

It came as an unpleasant surprise years ago when I discovered that many of the commercially produced fruit juices -- PACKED FULL OF HEALTHY VITAMINS for growing kids -- contained very little real juice. Even then, there was just a fraction of the actual flavoring juice -- say, like Strawberry, with up to 30% being the cheaper, common pear concentrate. Not to mention a buttload of sugar.

I got a bit of a surprise recently when I read of these fruit strips kids love having very little of the actual advertised fruit in them, if any. Again, the major content came from pears -- which seem to have become the universal fruit substitute for all things made from processed fruit.

I understand marketing. I understand manufacturing. I even understand the adding of preservatives and flavor enhancers and mainly, don't care because the majority of the stuff is just fine and healthy. Many of the 'suspicious' sounding ingredients tend to be the scientific names for things your Grandma used when cooking, like baking soda and salt. (The type of salt made years back which 'pours when it rains' has a common chemical added to keep the stuff from turning into a goo in high humidity. It shows up under it's chemical name in products.) Prior to that, most folks added rice to their salt shakers to absorb moisture or the salt clogged up the things.

Later, iodine was added to improve health. You need iodine.

However, I don't care, but don't try and sell me shiat at an increased price and tell me it's gold.

It's like the much touted and popular 'Swanson's Big Breakfast, Hungry Man's TV dinners'. The ads circle around the taste and amount and show manly men with big trucks needing a big breakfast. There's no mention of the astonishing amount of cholesterol in the things. So much that I figure they must actually ADD some. One meal has enough cholesterol for several days!

Like, don't tell me that Organic food is so much better and healthier for me, at an increased price, because most of the time, it aint! The majority of your food mass produced is just fine. Some of it is even more vitamin packed than the original, Organically grown versions 50 years ago.

So don't lie your arses off to me about what you sell and produce. I've been tired of the BS for years. I've been in favor of stronger truth in advertising laws for ages.

After all, it took an act of congress to make sure you don't get sold a car where the wheels fall off as soon as you drive it off the lot. (Now, they explode a few months later.)
2012-05-31 01:10:23 PM  
People actually believe what is displayed on the products they buy?
I figured out they were full of shiat when I was just a kid...
2012-05-31 01:12:42 PM  
I thought this would be about Ricky Ricardo and Lucy trying to get in on his act.
2012-05-31 02:03:13 PM  
I grew up in the midwest, so the only orange juice we got was from frozen concentrate. I remember the first time I visited Florida and ordered orange juice in a restaurant. I just about fell on the floor when I tasted it. It was so incredibly good. I remarked about it to the friend who was with me, and he said that's what real orange juice tastes like.

That "pure natural" stuff in the stores is NOTHING like real fresh squeezed orange juice. Try it for yourself some day. Buy a bag of juice oranges, use a hand-squeezer, and take a sip. Then have some Tropicana (or whatever). You'll see how different they really are. It's cool if you like the fake stuff- it might be what you grew up on or you might just like the taste. But I think you'll like the fresh squeezed juice better. I can drink either, but given a choice I'll go for fresh squeezed any time.
2012-05-31 02:21:36 PM  
My great grandfather and great-grandmother had their own vineyard and orchard. They'd make fresh juice and jams every summer. NO sugar added, and that stuff was richer, sweeter, and more tart than any of the "100% All Natural" juice you bought in stores.

In fact, their freshly-pressed grape juice was so rich, you could only drink half a glass if you were not used to how strong it was. It was an unusual (and delicious) mix of sweetness and tart that you just couldn't get from store-bought juice.

Welches is about the only store-bought juice that can come close, but even they have to process the heck out of theirs, and their grape juice has a bitter aftertaste that you don't get from fresh-pressed.
2012-05-31 08:43:01 PM  

Rik01: When Organics took off, it seemed that if a product had a chunk of real potato in the mix, it got touted as organic and the price jumped.

Actually organic has to mean organic by federal USDA regulations or they can be shut down. To get an organic label all the ingredients have to grown on a field that has been treated as an organic field for at least seven years before declaring officially organic. Natural means absolutely nothing by USDA standards. I noticed a bag of chips in a natural store that had more saturated fats, salt and actually leaked oil with a claim of being natural for not changing their recipe in over a hundred years.

Although the only real difference between organic milk and kroger brand milk is the feed given to the cows, since kroger's diary farms stopped the practice of using hormones in their cows.
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