February 8th, 2005


Thou Shalt Not Commit Adulteration

I'm now working on a report on the food industry at work. Thankfully, it appears that things have improved slightly since the days of The Jungle, but I ran across an interesting case of adulteration that required a James Bond Supervillain level of sophistication to carry out:

One orange juice company went so far as to hide its supply of an adulterant--liquid beet sugar--in a secret room and used pipes hidden in the ceiling to transport the sugar to the production area. The setup was so well hidden that FDA investigators were able to find it only after receiving explicit directions from a former-employee-turned-informant.

"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to drink liquid beet sugar."