FDA Admits That Store-Bought Ketchup Does Not Contain Fresh Tomatoes

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

With everything from hybridisation to genetic engineering affecting our foods, what exactly are we eating these days? We think we know what we are eating, but given the fact that food package labels are often complicated and do not always list all information about what is in our food, we really have no idea. This is more so in case of ketchup.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have admitted that there are in fact no fresh tomatoes in ketchup, just diluted tomato paste. They have also highlighted that the acceptable levels of mold contamination can be as low as 15 percent in canned tomatoes, to as high as 45 percent for ketchup. If that wasn’t enough, their established guidelines for the number of contaminants it will allow in our food supply means up to 30 fly eggs per every 100 grams of tomato sauce and up to two maggots per every 100 grams of tomato juice is, in their eyes,  wholly acceptable.

Ketchup should be ketchup, but unfortunately it’s not. We have an industrialised food system which, with its relentless pressure to shave fractions of a penny off the price of its products, practically guarantees fraud, substitution and, even when those are absent, a constant driving down of the quality of the raw materials used in processed foods.It is important that we are active consumers and stop to think about the products we buy on a daily basis.

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New Genetically Modified Tomatoes May Soon Hit The Marketplace

Tomatoes were one of the first commercially available genetically modified (GM) crops ever. GM tomatoes are about to make a comeback in 2018 as Chinese and French researchers reveal details of how they genetically-engineered tomatoes to boost vitamins and other nutrients.

Earlier forms of this GM crop included the transgenic tomato (FlavrSavr) which had a “deactivated” gene. This meant that the tomato plant was no longer able to produce polygalacturonase, an enzyme involved in fruit softening. The premise was that tomatoes could be left to ripen on the vine and still have a long shelf life, thus allowing them to develop their full flavour. Normally, tomatoes are picked well before they are ripe and are then ripened artificially.

These GM tomatoes, however, did not meet their expectations. Although they were approved in the US and several other countries, tomatoes with delayed ripening have disappeared from the market after peaking in 1998.

Despite organic tomatoes being more nutritious than conventional, scientists think they can rise above nature to produce high nutrient GM tomatoes which produce compounds which are impossible in those naturally grown.

Tomatoes have recently been genetically modified to produce a peptide that mimics the actions of HDL cholesterol that biotechnology groups are promoting to supposedly reduce heart disease.

Producing A Genetically Modified Tomato

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the team succeeded in isolating a specific plant chemical pathway to enhance phytosterol content by 94%, squalene (210%), provitamin A (169%) and lycopene (111%).

Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially. In 2014, Norfolk Plant Sciences attempted to commercialise its produce, a genetically modified purple-fleshed tomato that contained high levels of anti-oxidants and anthocyanins.

Teaming up with Canadian-based New Energy Farms, the venture sought to grow a crop of blue tomatoes for use in clinical trials required to obtain regulatory approval.

In March of this year, Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK detailed a gene-editing technique (CRISPR/Cas9) that made tomatoes resistant to a potent fungal pathogen.

Study Details

Led by Chye, the Wilson and Amelia Wong professor in plant biotechnology at HKU, alongside colleagues from the Institut de Biologie Moleculaire des Plantes in Strasbourg, France, the trial involved inserting a gene from an Indian mustard plant into a tomato plant.

The team found that as well as the boost vitamin E, provitamin A and lycopene compared to the control group, the increase resulted in a darker colour of the carotenoids extracted from the modified tomatoes.

GM Tomatoes in the EU

While tomatoes have been regularly used as a model organism to study the effect of climate in fruit ripening, its commercial history is a chequered one.

The Flavr Savr breed of tomato became the first commercially available genetically modified food engineered to have a longer shelf life. Launched in 1994, the tomato did not appeal to consumers and were withdrawn in 1997.

Currently Europe has yet to come to a decision regarding certain technologies implemented to create GMO foods.

In 2007, the European Union set up working groups to clarify how newer cis- and intragenic techniques fit into its existing prohibition of most genetically modified foods.

These working groups published a report in 2012, but not all recommendations were made available to the public.

The commission were scheduled to provide an update in 2015 but pushed back the release of its findings.

In 2016, the French Council of State asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule whether or not new GMO techniques, including CRISPR-Cas fell under EU GMO law.

The council also asked the ECJ if these ‘new plant breeding techniques’ were to become exempt from EU GMO rules, would this endanger the precautionary principle.

So far, no crops derived from these breeding techniques have yet received EU authorisation because of the uncertain legal situation.

One of the issues EU regulation is wrestling with is whether CRISPR is a definitive GMO technique.

There is the suggestion that CRISPR, when used to change a number of nucleotides to knockin or knockout various endogenous gene pathways in a crop organism, the plant is not considered GMO.

Conversely, an organism is considered GMO if CRISPR is used to insert an entire exogenous gene sequence into an organism.

According to the French Council of State, the ruling is expected around April 2018. 

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Merkel Pelted With Tomatoes At Rally As Voters Rage Over Open Door Refugee Policy


German Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with loud boos and calls to “get out” of Germany during her election campaign stops in east German towns of Torgau and Finsterwalde on Wednesday. It comes just a day after she was hit with a tomato at a rally.

Merkel, who is touring Germany as part of her and her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party reelection bid, is having a rough start in the eastern Germany, where the Chancellor herself grew up.

Her rally in the town of Torgau in Lower Saxony on Wednesday was visited by over a hundred counter-demonstrators from the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), who attempted to derail her 30-minute speech focused on tax policy, fight against terrorism and educational. The demonstrators chanted “nation’s traitor,” “get out,” calling to “vote her out.”

Merkel seemingly remained unperturbed by the obstruction, instead hailing Germany’ democratic standards that allow protesters to voice their opinion, arguing that people in other countries that lack the privilege of the freedom of expression would have been glad “if they could demonstrate under such democratic conditions,” as cited by Die Welt.

A similar treatment awaited Merkel in a small town of Finsterwalde in Brandenburg, where she arrived Wednesday evening. Noisy opponents carrying posters reading “fed up”,“close the borders” and “Banana republic” greeted the German leader with boos while her supporters welcomed her with a round of applause as came on stage.

At a rally in Heidelberg on Tuesday, the Chancellor was grazed by a thrown tomato, though in a usual show of stoicism, did not let it make her lose her cool.

Though her red jacket helped cover up the impact, a juicy stain was still apparent as Merkel stood on stage to join in the national anthem. A moderator at the event, Claudia von Brauchitsch, also appeared to have been hit, as Merkel offered her a tissue. Merkel remained calm throughout her subsequent speech despite booing and calls of “traitor!” from some in the audience.

Later Tuesday, Merkel appeared to give a speech at an auditorium in Stuttgart, seemingly wearing the same jacket. Police meanwhile have launched an investigation into the incident.

Merkel’s center-right CDU/CSU alliance is projected to win in the upcoming Bundestag elections, due to be held on September 24, where she is seeking a fourth term as the head of Germany. Despite CDU/CSU’s apparent lead, Merkel’s popularity has taken a hit over the last few years as a result of her handling of the migrant and refugee crisis, the biggest to face Europe since the Second World War.



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Rotten tomatoes: The real reasons Al Gores new film "Truth to Power" flopped


Al Gores new Inconvenient Truth squeal Truth to Power, flopped at the box office because temperatures are now lower than when he won the Nobel Peach Prize, its snowing in Wyoming, its snowing in Colorado in July and August, record cold start to Britain’s summer holidays in over 35 years, Denmark has had no summer which takes it back 38 years to find those temperatures, Australia broke a plethora of winter low temperature records and snowfall records and there is more sea ice now that 1972.


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