On The Late Show, noted Chef Jamie Oliver said USDA labeling rules allow adding an extract made from beaver anal glands as natural flavorings, naming vanilla ice cream as 1 of the destinations.
Thinking this preposterous, a quick visit to the Wiki machine confirmed it as true: Castoreum has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive,. Nevertheless my patron saint, H. L. Mencken, prompted me to check at least 1 of the foot notes, #12.
"Castoreum extract (CAS NO. 8023-83-4; FEMA NO. 2261) is a natural product prepared by direct hot-alcohol extraction of castoreum, the dried and macerated castor sac scent glands (and their secretions) from the male or female beaver. It has been used extensively in perfumery and has been added to food as a flavor ingredient for at least 80 years."
Well gee, that still makes me queasy but does lessen my fears. Guess I'll have to keep consuming it considering range of products the stuff gets into: "Found in a variety of foods including: alcoholic beverages, baked goods, frozen dairy, chewing gum, candy, beverages, meat products, pudding, gelatin, ice cream, vanilla flavoring, raspberry flavored food."
Then, a short google search convinced me to eat kosher: "The only way to step around these items is eating foods that are Kosher."
Then just had to read ingredients on my Rice A Roi box and saw natural flavoring listed among the usual chemicals, could have made my brown rice and added my own seasonings.
Guess less processed food and more fresh fruit and vegetables would prove more palatable with less ewwwwwwwwwww factor!]
Then saw a teaser for the next bit on my local 11 pm news. Seriously, life beats me every day so might as well get paid and then kicked in the balls, cervical fracture help with those pesky pain tolerance issues.
Plus this just made me laugh. When does tv sweeps week end?
[ST. PETERSBURG — It sounded like a good idea to George Grayson: Get $50 for submitting to a 12-minute videotaped beating by an attractive female.
A homeless man, Grayson needed the money.
So he followed the recruiters to a St. Petersburg townhouse on seven different occasions over the last few months, he said, and let five different women use his body and face as a punching bag.
Grayson, 37, became one of many St. Petersburg homeless men allegedly targeted by recruiters from Shefights.net, a locally operated website that sells for as much as $900 videos of scantily clad or semi-nude women beating up men, according to a lawsuit.]