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'Crunchy Frog'

"I must warn you that in future you should delete the words 'crunchy frog', and replace them with the legend 'crunchy raw unboned real dead frog', if you want to avoid prosecution."

I've had arguments before with people about food labels. I think the Monty Python skit quoted above adequately describes the problem. When you buy a box of chocolate you don't expect it to have real raw unboned dead frog in it.

I bring this up because yesterday I bought some yogurt at Wegmans. I usually buy Stonyfield Farm yogurt. But I saw that Wegmans had their own brand of "Organic Food You Feel Good About Super Yogurt Pre-& Probiotic Blended Plain Lowfat Yogurt"

It cost the same and I am usually happy with Wegmans brand products.

Then I got home I read the ingredients
Ingredients: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Sugar, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Cream, Inulin (Dietary Fiber), Fish Oil (Anchovy, Sardine), Kosher Gelatin (Beef, Tilapia), Vitamin D3. Contains a Blend of Live and Active Cultures Including: L. Acidophilus, L. Bifidus, L. Casei, Probiotic Bifidobacterium Lactis.

Setting aside the absurdity of putting "Kosher gelatin" in a dairy product. There is fish in my yogurt!

I hardly think that the small allergy warning label ("Warnings: Allergens: Contains fish (sardine, anchovy, tilapia), milk.") is good enough. I think it would be more appropriate if the container bore a large red label "Warning; Contains Fish!".


wow... that's pretty bizarre.. good thing we stuck to wegman's yogurt... I'm trying to figure out why on *earth* they wanted to put fish products in yogurt??
"good thing we stuck to wegman's yogurt."

This is Wegmans yogurt.

"why on *earth* they wanted to put fish products in yogurt??"

That part is easy: Omega 3 fatty acids. It very popular now-a-days. Don't know why they didn't go with Flax oil though.

Coming soon look for Fish oil in "bread, mayonnaise, pizza, yogurt, orange juice, children's pasta, milk, eggs, confections and infant formula."
good thing Bu was thinking about adding fish to his diet.....
The wikipedia article said that if you feed fish oil to chickens the eggs have more Omega 3
I had bread with fish oil cooked into it. Didn't realize it contained fish, just assumed since it was bread the omega 3 source would be flax.

The bread was disgusting. Didn't help that I didn't figure out why my bread tasted fishy until I had made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with it and took a bite.

Eww... PB&J& fish???

Oh yeah and this was also purchased at Wegmans, tho I don't remember the brand.
The yogurt doesn't taste like fish. It tastes quite sweet actually. But that is probably because the second ingredient is "organic sugar". *sigh* I also expect "plain" yogurt to be unsweetened.
Oh yeah I remember that now, and I remember being pissed off about it too. My diet is sugar free so if I didn't read the label I would have had a real problem. And who reads the label for plain yogurt? Usually it's just yogurt. Now I know you have to. I like Wegmans but this was a bad move.
There are three basic types of ω-3 fatty acids available in the diet, α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Flax seed oil is about 50% ALA, with the remaining 50% other, non ω-3 fatty acids. Cold-water fish oils contain relatively large quantities of EPA and DHA.

Unfortunately for flax-seed promoters, the ω-3 fatty acids heavily used in the body are EPA and DHA. While the body can convert ALA to EPA and DHA, it doesn't do it efficiently. So it takes a lot of ALA to get the same effect as a smaller amount of EPA and DHA.

Adding a little fish oil to the yogurt won't effect the flavor or consistency as adding a lot of flax oil.
Warning; Contains Yogurt! thats enough to send me running.
I try to eat only foods I think Elvis would have:)
To be fair the word "yogurt" occurs twice in the name, in big letters.
Yeah I noticed this when I was yogurt shopping for hubby. Gross! And who expects fish and gelatin in their yogurt anyway? Way to piss off people who have food allergies or are vegetarian. Or expect yogurt to be just that... yogurt.
But...I LIKE fish!

And if it's just oil, 6 ingredients down, surely it doesn't taste.

Does it?
I like fish too. I just expect "plain" yogurt to be vegetarian.

It doesn't taste like fish. It tastes quite sweet actually. But that is probably because the second ingredient is "organic sugar". I also expect "plain" yogurt to be unsweetened.
Now that is odd. Every plain yogurt I've seen didn't have sugar in it and was incredibly sour.

Good for cooking, not so good for direct eating.
That is why you have to be careful about the yogurt culture used.

Stonyfield Farm plain yogurt is usually sweet enough for me to eat unsweetened. Brown Cow is pretty good too. But most store brands (and even Crowley) are sour.

Wegmans carried butters from all over the world but they don't have Greek yogurt (which is supposed to be very good).
I recommend taking the unused yogurt to customer service, request a refund. They are usually quite good about refunds. Explain that you're disappointed with the ingredients and why. I think the company should know that it's a problem for some of us.
Fish oil is good for you. :P Don't even get me started about sheep in cheese.

And almost all yogurt has gelatin, I'm impressed that it's at least kosher.

end comments from the vegetarian
I actually like fish. But I have vegetarian friends. I'm glad I didn't accidentally try to feed this too them.

Ah, yes the old rennet dilemma. My vegetarian friend just pretends he doesn't know about it.

Any good yogurt has no need of gelatin. My preferred brand, Stoneyfield Farm contains: "Cultured Pasteurized Organic Nonfat Milk, Pectin, Vitamin D3. Contains Our Exclusive Blend Of Six Live Active Cultures Including L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei And L. Rhamnosus."

Brown Cow is pretty good to.

(Hmm, when did they start adding pectin?)
Well, that's been my experience with yogurt, anyhow :P I've about given up on it.

Nice and veggie right there :) Thanks for the tip!

And rennet grosses me out. I implusively read the ingredients of anything with cheese in it.