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Monday, March 24, 2008
In the News: Food Products
A couple of...interesting...stories in the news related to food.

First, this one.
Short version: A 28-year-old gets ticketed for speeding in Connecticut. The excuse he gave the trooper? He was in the midst of dunking an Oreo in a glass of milk, but actually dropped the Oreo into the milk. In the process of rescuing the flailing cookie, he lost control of the car.

This sounds a little too far-fetched to be a lie, but even if it were true, I wouldn't tell a police officer that. The dude received tickets for speeding, and for driving with a suspended license. No mention of a ticket for doing something stupid while driving like dunking cookies in milk.

Second, this story.
Short version: There's this "stuff" that they give some prisoners in some states called Nutraloaf. It's made of cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes. Supposedly it's a "complete meal".

Nutraloaf is simply served a piece of plain paper. It is usually given to inmates who use their trays and flatware to throw their feces around (usually at people). Inmates say it is so bad, that there should be due process, including warnings, before they are served nutraloaf. They say it is a punishment. Some state governments have agreed with the inmates, putting structure around the circumstances under which nutraloaf is served. Sounds like punishment to me.

I can't make this stuff up, people.

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