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Food That Doesn’t Match the Menu

The question of whether or not you are actually getting the exact same food that is listed on the menu has lingered in the restaurant industry. What guarantee is there that you are going to get exactly what you ordered? Are there any checks and balances in place to ensure the integrity of the companies sourcing the food available in restaurants? There might be many questions surrounding the notion that the food you’re ordering is not exactly as stated on the menu. But rest assured there are few if any legal loopholes within major food distribution chains so there is no cause widespread panic and I’m not trying to stop you from going to your favorite restaurant. On the contrary, most restaurants operate ethically as a restaurant’s success relies mainly on its reputation, level of service, and quality of food. We are about to uncover some of the biggest scams in the restaurant industry and as a consumer you need to know the old practice of “bait and switch” still occurs. Hopefully this article will help you become a more educated consumer so you can make better decisions when it comes to dining out. russian grocery store

Mass produced processed food or factory food has been available since 1910 and has continued to gain popularity ever since. Some of the most iconic American food brands were first created in laboratories and produced in factories before becoming a part of our daily cuisine. Some of the processed foods that hit the main stream market and have been popular ever since 1910 are Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Aunt Jemima syrup, Hellman’s mayonnaise, Oreo cookies, and Fluff marshmallows to name a few. Advances in technology lead some food factories to turn their efforts towards the canning and bottling of everything from vegetables to soda.

Today the fast food industry is the largest distributor of processed food but definitely not the first to introduce people to food made in a factory. However, the fast food industry was instrumental in perfecting the delivery of factory food and accomplished a major change in the way we eat by conditioning us to accept a factory processed foods as a substitute for real food. American people are consuming epic portions of prefabricated foods every day. It’s estimated the fast food industry serves 50,000,000 Americans per day. There has been such a massive infiltration of factory food into our daily cuisine that it’s hard to determine what is real and what is processed when you choose to eat at a fast food restaurant.

Thankfully fast food is not our only option when choosing whether to go out or stay home for a meal. The majority of casual dining restaurants are serving food that is higher quality food compared to fast food restaurants but still below the quality of food you might find at fine dining establishment. There have been a lot of reports of not getting exactly what the menu suggests especially when you ordered seafood at a restaurant. For example, there are 61 species of tuna and only four species are of major commercially importance. Big Eye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack are the 4 main species of tuna you will find being served at restaurants.

Yellow fin also known as Ahi tuna and often gets mixed up with Big Eye tuna because they are similar in texture and color. Albacore, a less expensive tuna, is often mislabeled as regular tuna since it has similar characteristics and can be easily disguised on a bed of rice, surrounded by vegetables, and covered in sauce.

 

 

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