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17 September, 2008

Truth or Consequences : Egg Labels

Posted in : breakfast on by : Dave
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The New York Times has a pretty good article about the information you’ll find on an egg carton … what’s required, what the government allows them to claim, and what’s just creative story-telling. “For eggs from chickens that live in the sort of utopia conveyed by the images on most egg cartons, look for “animal
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17 September, 2008

Have You Been Short-Sized?

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They have a gallery up over on The Consumerist showing 34 examples of what they call the “grocery shrink-ray…”  Manufacturers hope you won’t notice, but even the New York Times noticed : “In industry lingo, it’s called short-sizing. Aiming to offset increased ingredient and transportation costs, some of the nation’s food manufacturers are reducing the
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20 April, 2008

Decoding PLU Numbers

Posted in : trivia on by : Dave
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Here’s a very interesting bit of information from our friends at Serious Eats about the numbers they put on those little stickers on items from the produce department… Conventional produce gets a four-digit number. Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9. Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code
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