When Would You Eat Old Food!

When Would You Eat Old Food!

By Hwaa Irfan

Seems like a silly question, but really, when would you?

When the only food you have left to eat is old food?


Maybe when you forgot to look at the expiry date before passing the product through the cashier!

You might not even think about the nutritional benefit, because there is none, but you would think about how sick it would make those, including yourself who eat it.

So why does the Food and Drugs Administration (U.S. of course), seek to remove that “difficult” choice from all consumers, i.e. those who are left who can afford to buy these highly undernourishing processed synthetic foods.

Sometimes what is ridiculous is just not worth repeating, but this ridiculous notion appears to be a ridiculous reality for many American consumers. In fact, it is a downright insult from a government agency whose director is appointed by the president. In fact the current head of the FDA is an insult as the former vice-president of the biotechnological corporation Monsanto, which is busy contaminating normal crops, water ways, our health, and unborn babies, as well as contributing to the massive decline in the global bee population as a direct result of its forcing to feed the world genetically contaminated… sorry seeds and crops, which in reality is increasing global food insecurity.

Putting all of that aside, the point right here and now as FDA, seems to have silently sworn an oath against American health, by making sure they do not recieve enough nutrition. By reducing access to real food also creates a state of health whereby one is less conscious to know what is going on. If this seems far fetched, what is the inevitable conclusion of allowing reconditioned foods to be sold to consumers!

FDA states in its position on Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or HVP:

Yes. Bulk HVP from Basic Food Flavors in the possession of manufacturers, distributors and food service establishments may be reconditioned using procedures validated to inactivate Salmonella. Firms should submit their reconditioning packages for review to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at HVP_Reconditioning@fda.hhs.gov and their Local FDA District Office Recall Coordinator2 at the same time.

E-mails should include:

a. An explanation of how and where the reconditioning will take place;
b. Type of process;
c. Processing parameters, including all critical factors that inactivate Salmonella;
d. Procedures to prevent recontamination of the reconditioned HVP.

If there is any doubt on that then FDA goes further to state:

“It is appropriate to use an ingredient or product you have received that contains the recalled HVP if the ingredient or product will receive a validated kill step for Salmonella (e.g., cooking by the manufacturer, a food service operator, or the consumer). However, if you do not apply the kill step or labeling with the kill step, you should obtain a guarantee from your customers that the kill step will be applied further in the supply chain.”

So the FDA “Food Protetion Plan” is not about ensuring consumers have safe and healthy foods, but about protecting the proessed food industries.

But what is HVP?

HVP according to FDA is:

“… a substance used in small amounts to add flavor to many commercially processed foods, such as soups, hot dogs, chilies, stews, dips, salad dressings, gravies, frozen dinners, and snack foods.”

But that only tells us what it does.

HVP by some is a soy-based food filler, and by others it is a result of boiled legumes in hydrochloric acid…hydrochloric acid!, which is then “neutralized” in sodium hydroxide forming a dark liquid, which is passed onto the consumer as sodium salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG). Does that something that someone would eat if one had a choice?

Reconditioned Food

Bypassing that HPV was recalled due to salmonella poisoning outbreaks, back to the subject of old food, one can equate reconditioned food with a reconditioned car!

Reconditioned food is upgrading mislabeled and contaminated food into buying products on supermarket shelves like turning HVP, which has been recalled and is not allowed to be sold can now with FDA permission be as they stated:

“…may be reconditioned using procedures validated to inactivate Salmonella.

This “reconditioning” has been done with

  • Moldy applesauce
  • Salmonella-contaminated flavor enhancers
  • Insect-infested rice

The contamnated food is simply re-sifted or put through a heat process and is then repackaged after which the company concerned simply files for permission from the FDA.

So instead of the food factory throwing out old, contaminated food, they recycle it into our breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Some of us would rather not be acquainted with a garbage bin!


Posel, S. “FDA Allows Corporations to ‘Recondition’ Old Food.” http://www.activistpost.com/2012/04/fda-allows-corporations-to-recondition.html

”Recall of Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein.” http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm202968.htm

“Questions & Answers For Industry Regarding The HVP Recalled By Basic Food Flavors, Inc.” http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/FoodIndustry/ucm203201.htm

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