Packaged Food

Tillamook Wants The White House To Change The Name ‘AMERICAN CHEESE’


Tillamook Cheese is launching a petition to change the name of American cheese because they think it’s unworthy of being called American.

What’s in American Cheese? According to the FDA it’s not even allowed to be called cheese at all. In fact, the processed cheese product contains 18 different ingredients including sorbic acid and sodium phosphate.

Apparently, Tillamook takes cheese identity very seriously. The brand has launched a White House petition to get the name “American Cheese” changed to something else. They’ve also created, with the help of  72andSunny, a radical campaign featuring our countries most iconic figures riding majestic American beasts and destroying the processed cheese product.

The petition currently has about 500 signatures and will end July 23.


RECALL: Boxes of Plain Theater M&Ms Actually Contain Peanut Butter


The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall on Theater Boxes of M&Ms. The box features a plain original design for the chocolate candy, albeit with the words peanut butter marked on the individual packages. This may be confusing for consumers who are used to the bright-orange packages the peanut butter M&Ms are usually sold in.

Because of those with severe peanut allergies, the FDA has issued the recall in case anyone overlooks the label and confuses the plainly designed bag for classic M&Ms. So far, 36 lots of the candy have been recalled. M&M aficionados with peanut allergies are advised to review the FDA released  lot numbers for the boxes distributed.

It should also be mentioned that one should always take a quick look at whatever foods they’re putting into their mouths.

H/T Consumerist


Kraft Cheese Removes Artificial Preservatives from Kraft American Singles


Health benefits don’t typically rank high on the list of reasons people eat processed cheese. Nope, nostalgia, cook-ability, and price pretty much have that category locked down, but that hasn’t stopped America’s favorite lunchbox company from trying to appeal to the clean-eating set with — tada! — an ingredient change.

On Monday, Kraft Foods announced it was removing the artificial preservative sorbic acid from its popular plastic-wrapped American and White American cheese slices. Used to prevent the growth of mold and fungi, the sorbic acid will instead be replaced by natamycin, which the FDA states is a naturally occurring anti-fungal, despite its totally chemical-y sounding name.

Thankfully the change only applies to the full-fat versions of the singles and not the 2%, which means if you’d like, you’ll still be able to indulge in your 100% lab-grown cheese product, albeit a less fatty version, in peace. Good ol’ America.

H/T Gothamist + Picthx Kraft

Fast Food

More Processed Ew: Subway Japan Has Barbecue Hot Dog Subs Now


There are a few reasons you still eat Subway and/or hot dogs. You actually like the taste of processed foodstuffs, you don’t care what quality control measures were or weren’t taken for your food to get to your table or you really had no idea both were actually kind of gross. If you’re of the latter persuasion, I sincerely half-apologize, but at least now you can’t be fooled into thinking these Barbecue Hot Dog Subs from Subway Japan might actually taste good.

In celebration of summer, Subway Japan is offering a hot dog barbecue sub through the end of August, according to Brand Eating. Technically the dog is a “coarsely ground juicy sausage,” which sounds a little like what might be served at a bitter ex-girlfriends convention, but it sure looks like our regular pureed whole-chicken meat tubes.

Supposedly the six-inch is available for around $5, a steep cost for something so small, pink and flaccid.

Ah well, it could be worse.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating