2007: The Food Quiz

(with a shout out to Paul Slanksy for the inspiration…)

1. Who is Van Miguel Hartless?

    a. The customer of a Fair Haven, Vermont, Burger King who found an unwrapped and possibly used condom in his Southwestern Whopper sandwich, and filed a complaint in Rutland Superior Court after the restaurant’s manager laughed off the incident

    b. The groom at the October 13 catered wedding held at a North Carolina museum, where nearly 25% of the 110 guests were poisoned by E. coli H57:07, leading to 2 guests being hospitalized, one of whom suffered acute renal failure.

    c. The employee at a Calgary McDonalds who was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, prompting fast food customers to overwhelm a nearby clinic where vaccinations against the disease were offered.

    d. The Canadian health economics professor who proved that for every extra fast-food restaurant per 10,000 people, a city’s obesity rate goes up 3%.

    e. The Chairman of the House of Representatives agricultural committee, who said “for whatever reason, people are willing to pay two or three times as much for something that says ‘organic’ or ‘local’. Far be it from me to understand what that’s about, but that’s reality. And if people are dumb enough to pay that much then hallelujah,” and then later backpedaled after receiving thousands of letters from angry consumers.

2. How many pounds of beef products were recalled this year due to E. Coli?

    a. 4.2 millionb. 10.8 million

    c. 13.9 million

    d. 33.3 million

3. According to a USA Today analysis of recall data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, what percentage of recalled meat is typically never recovered and likely eaten?

    a. 5%b. 18%

    c. 39%

    d. 56%

4. The same analysis showed that for five of the most recent meat recalls that actually left people sickened, the percentage of meat that was never recovered was closer to:

    a. 30%

    b. 44%

    c. 63%

    d. 80%

5. By summer 2007, how large was the oxygen free dead-zone in the Gulf of Mexico — the part of the ocean that supports no marine life as a result of fertilizer runoff from U.S. industrial agricultural practices?

    a. 7,500 square miles, an area nearly the size of New Jersey

    b. 1950 square miles, an area nearly the size of Delaware

c. 22 square miles, an area the size of Manhattan

    d. 4100 square miles, an area the size of Los Angeles County

6. After the melamine-tainted pet food scandal broke in early 2007, approximately how many reports did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration receive about animals who died after eating contaminated food?

    a. 14 reports of pet deaths

    b. 69 reports of pet deaths

    c. 762 reports of pet deaths

    d. 8,500 reports of pet deaths

7. When the tainted vegetable protein at the center of the pet-food scandal entered the human food chain, how many people in the U.S. did the FDA estimate had consumed chickens that had eaten tainted feed?

    a. between 250 – 300

    b. between 2500 – 3,000

    c. between 25,000 – 30,000

    d. between 2,500,000 – 3,000,000

8. Which of the following are actual new food-related products introduced in 2007?

    a. Batter Blaster, a pancake batter in an aerosol can (just shake, point, and press!)b. “Energy-boosting” Phoenix Fury Potato chips, containing caffeine, taurine, and B-vitamins

    c. Subtle Butt, a “fart neutralizer” in the form of an activated carbon fabric pad that adheres to the inside of your underwear with adhesive strips.

    d. Flavor cartridges for the Pur Water Filtration System, so that your tap water can have fruit flavors

    e. Dirt-flavored soda

    f. all of the above

9. Which of the following statements about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is true:

    a. She appointed Joy Phillipi, former president of a the National Pork Producers Council — the main trade group representing nasty CAFO operators — as the co-chair of Rural Americans for Hillary.

    b. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, during the 2007-2008 election cycle, she was the #1 senate recipient of donations from all of the following industries: agribusiness, food and beverages, food processing and sales, food stores, crop production, sugar cane and sugar beets, restaurants and drinking establishments, and lobbyists

    c. Her campaign recently held a “Rural Americans for Hillary” lunch and campaign briefing at the Washington, DC offices of Troutman Sanders, the lobbying firm of agribusiness giant Monsanto.

    d. All of the above

10. True or false:
When presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani was Mayor of New York City, he tried to sell off hundreds of community gardens that had been officially sanctioned by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, telling critics that “the era of communism is over.”

11. After Nebraska Beef, a meat processor, was linked to E. Coli- tainted ground beef that sickened 17 members of the Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, Minnesota — and killed one member of the congregation, Carolyn Hawkinson — how did Nebraska Beef respond?

    a. Sent flowers to Hawkinson’s funeral, along with a note of apology to her family

    b. Went on record to say that conditions at their plant — and indeed the majority of meat processors nationwide — are in serious need of change.

    c. Shut down their plant and refused to start operations again until the situation was resolved

    d. Sued the church, claiming that Salem Lutheran was in fact responsible for the outbreak because they hadn’t cooked their church supper to an internal temperature of 160 degrees

12. True or False:

in 2006 and 2007, Monsanto spent $2,930,000 on lobbyists.

13. According to a 2007 anthology, which of the following were actual article titles published in the trade magazine, Meat Processing Global?

    a. Up yours Upton!b. The Vegetarian Mind: A voyage into madness

    c. sauSAGE words from an industry veteran

    d. all of the above

14. When the Topps Meat Company went out of business following their recall of 21+ million pounds of E. coli-tainted beef — the second-largest recall in history — company officials held a barbecue at which Topps burgers were served. How did Evelyn Hildago, a human resources manager, describe those burgers?

    a. “Shit-filled”

    b. “A damned unfortunate product that sickened 38 people in nine states”

    c. “The mother-f*&#in’ patties that put me out of a job.”

    d. “Delicious”

Answers
1. a, but all of the other folks exist, too.
2. d
3. d
4. d
5. a
6. d
7. d
8. f
9. d
10. true
11. d
12. False. They spent twice that: $5,860,000
13. d
14. d, but the other descriptions would have been accurate, too.

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19 Responses to “2007: The Food Quiz”


  1. 1 planetorbit January 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Wow…that’s a little depressing.

  2. 2 Vikki January 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Darn it…the previous comment from “planetorbit” was actually from me. I didn’t realize I was logged into Miguel’s blog when I posted the comment. Sorry for the confusion.

  3. 3 cleanerplateclub January 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Okay, I guess it is. Sorry about that. But at least there’s Subtle Butt, right? A fart neutralizer always brings a little levity into the mix. Always.

  4. 4 greg January 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    And I thought I was cynical enough about our food supply before the quiz…. Oy.

  5. 5 Matt January 2, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I’m going to steal this, but you’ll get credit.
    :-)

    Good stuff.

  6. 6 the Mater January 2, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    And Happy New Year to you too :>) Gosh, so sorry I missed your party – that would have been my one uncontaminated meal of 2008.

    Take care and keep on dishin’ the dirt. Oops, that’s what the fast-food chains do – you’re more like Ivory Soap which, to my knowledge, never got a recall.

    Love to tease my lovelies in VT – big hugs to all of you and the grandmommas.

  7. 7 tut-tut January 3, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Yes, keep us informed; because the normal news media won’t. Looking forward to your blog in 2008.

  8. 8 Pamelotta January 3, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Happy New Year to you and yours, too!

    I have to say, when I read the first question, I thought maybe the test was open-book so I googled Van Miguel Hartless. ABC had the very first link and the picture that came up with the story immediately gave away the answer to the question and I immediately threw up in my mouth. Thank you for that.

    Just kidding. I would never want something like that to happen to me but if it did, it would cure me of my fast food addiction for good!

    Sorry, but with my gag reflex still going on auto-pilot I couldn’t read the rest of the questions. Maybe another day.

  9. 9 Bonnie January 3, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Great, inspired work. This is just awesome — I wish there were a magazine out there ballsy enough to feature it. Fantastic!

    I only missed two, incidentally. (Thanks to the Digest.) I can’t believe there’s actually a product out there called Subtle Butt — why not Subuttlety? And how could I not know about the punmeisters at Meat Processing Global? I’m getting me a sub or an RSS feed, stat.

    Some link love will be coming your way soon from the Ethicurean. Thanks for the memories.

  10. 10 Fairly Odd Mother January 3, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    As I was going through this, I kept thinking, “pick the highest number or most outrageous answer and it’s probably right”. Sadly, that was the case. Ugh.

    And, can you just imagine the photos in “Meat Processing Global”?

  11. 11 Kirsten Archibald January 4, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Ali,

    I’m really not entirely sure I want to know the answers to all the questions? Very sad indeed. And the Subtle Butt? I hope they make a lot of money, because we could really use a product like that around here. Ahem.

    Happy New Year!

  12. 12 ExPat Chef January 4, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Might need me some Subtle Butt to help with my Black-Eyed Pea feasting. However, the rest of the quiz is anything But Subtle. Oh, the puns … gotta have a laugh in the wake of all that.

  13. 13 boogiemum January 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Ugh. not a good thing to read right before dinner. At least I know (I think?) that everything we are eating tonight(Roasted Winter Veggies) is healthy and safe…

    oh, btw. We finally decided to add to our pots/pan collection piece by piece. We started with a sweet stainless crossover pot/pan. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I will let you know how it goes.

    Thanks for your help! :)

  14. 14 Nicole January 6, 2008 at 1:02 am

    That’s appalling.

    On the pet food thing – I am convinced my cat got some tainted food about a year before the story broke. She was living with my parents at the time (she shares us) and got the exact same symptoms. Mom switched her to a diet of baby food and whatever she made for dinner – chicken, fish, beef, sometimes pureed with some vegetables.

    And the only brand of cat food she ate was a brand that was never in the recall.

    And I think that’s the only reason she’s still alive at 20 years of age. She’s back on cat food, but we supplement with whatever we’re eating for dinner.

    As for the subtle butt – the people that actually need it probably won’t use it.

  15. 15 Nicole January 6, 2008 at 1:03 am

    That’s appalling.

    On the pet food thing – I am convinced my cat got some tainted food about a year before the story broke. She was living with my parents at the time (she shares us) and got the exact same symptoms. Mom switched her to a diet of baby food and whatever she made for dinner – chicken, fish, beef, sometimes pureed with some vegetables.

    And the only brand of cat food she ate was a brand that was never in the recall.

    And I think that’s the only reason she’s still alive at 20 years of age. She’s back on cat food, but we supplement with whatever we’re eating for dinner.

    As for the subtle butt – the people that actually need it probably won’t use it.

  16. 16 Jenn January 8, 2008 at 2:26 am

    I was sort of disappointed that she didn’t really say “shit-filled.” That’s the kind of HR person every company needs! Think what a trustworthy world this would be!

    It was terrifying, not exactly a Cosmo “Is He Happy In Bed?” quiz, but it made me feel smart to know you and happy I ate seafood all week.


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