Do we really know what is in the food we eat?
Last week we posted an article about Golden Circle juices containing a clarifying agent derived from beef and alcohol based flavours. This of course was of great concern to many people for a number of reasons, including religious beliefs. We were also very concerned by this because…we care about the food we eat.
Heinz Australia, who owns Golden Circle have responded saying they were taken out of context.
Although they state that gelatine and alcohol were used only for production purposes and were not present in the final product, hence not being on the ingredient list, this does still again raise the question about what may be in food and drink products and not listed as ingredients due to the 5% loophole. The other concerning factor is the ‘flavour’ that is found in ingredients – these are generally manufacturers’ trade secrets so you never really know what’s in them!
It was mentioned in both articles that people should take care in reading the labels and ingredients but sometimes that’s just not enough. We need to be mindful that there still may be hidden ingredients (one in particular is antioxidants (319 & 320) in vegetable oil). If you have any serious concerns, you will need to contact the manufacturer and ask them directly. We do it here all the time!
It’s frightening to think that we never really know what we are eating and I’m sure if investigated, Golden Circle wouldn’t be the only brand in question.