May contain fish or wheat


On the box of frozen breaded cod filets from Trader Joes:

“May contain fish or wheat”

Yeah, I was kindof hoping that it *would* contain fish.


Comments (13)

  1. and being breaded, ya know, I would kindof hope it’d contain wheat too 🙂 Course, they could go all soy flour or whatnot, but still.

    Dunno why, but reading "fish or wheat" in the title of this post sounded in my head like "cake or death" from Eddie Izzard’s "Dress to Kill" performance. Great stuff, definitely on my "required viewings" list

  2. Uwe Keim says:

    Recently I saw on German television a report about all those laws in the US about making a vendor responsible for trivial misusage of a product and sueing this vendor. (like e.g. fat people sueing Mc Donald’s).

    I think these laws are responsible for the printing on your box…

  3. Uwe Keim says:

    Recently I saw on German television a report about all those laws in the US about making a vendor responsible for trivial misusage of a product and sueing this vendor. (like e.g. fat people sueing Mc Donald’s).

    I think these laws are responsible for the printing on your box…

  4. Ding says:

    Just think about the consumer complaint that prompted that warning…

  5. Philip Rieck says:

    Hopefully that wording was not meant to imply that it won’t contain *both*

  6. I’m guessing they’re preparing for possible FDA rules warning of possible allergens … it gets silly like this, or especially when your Peanuts say "MAy contain peanuts"

  7. Anon says:

    Argh… fish or wheat? I hope that’s a programmer’s OR 🙂

  8. Daniel says:

    Well, strawberry-yoghourt does not actually contain any strawberries. I don’t know whether it is true but in Germen TV they once told that the strawberry look-and-feel is made from sauerkraut!

  9. I got the same on a box of tuna sushi: "may contain fish". Plain silly. But we’ll have to start worrying when it says "may not contain fish".

  10. James Curran says:

    Dying from an allegic reaction isn’t exactly a "trivial misusage". A lot of things you wouldn’t expect contain peanut oil, and a lot of people would have a fatal reaction to it (my neice being one).

    Further, a lot of recipes for common products change daily based on whatever is cheaper that week, so some candy one day "may contain" peanut oil, while the next, it "may contain" cottonseed oil.

    Of course, the law is written saying that "if a product may contain peanut oil, it’s labeling must state ‘may contain peanut oil’", without specifying an alternate wording for those product which would always contain the substance.

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