Diminishing Quality of Food & Products

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  1. Toroid

    Toroid Founding Member

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    There seems to be a massive effort to reduce the quality and size of food and products. Post anything you've had a complaint or problem with. I just ate a hamburger at a fast food restaurant and the patty was wafer thin.
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  2. Ron67

    Ron67 Ignorance isn’t bliss!

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    I could probably fill a page.All confectionery in the UK has been downsized but the price remains the same or increases.Same with crisps (or chips), as our American cousins call them.
    It's done to reduce obesity apparently,the increase in profits for the companies involved is just a fortunate by product of this war on fat and sugars!.
     
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  3. AD1184

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    With the introduction of metric measures in Britain it has become possible for food manufacturers to disguise downsizing. Whereas in the past things might have been sold by the pound or half-pound, now you cannot quite be sure if last time you bought a jar of 374 grammes or 384 grammes. A sneaky trick of crisp manufacturers is to keep the size of the bag the same but reduce the contents.
     
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  4. nivek

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    Food has been steadily rising in price whilst some brands are decreasing the quantity, I have seen cranberry juice of one brand rise over 40 cents in price in less that a week and over a dollar in a year's time...I know because I bought that brand regular until the price increase, now I buy it when its on sale, which is still a blimp above the normal price it was over a year ago...

    But what I would like to address is the regression of quality we are getting from some products...I was sick from eating crackers a few weeks ago, a lot of fruit is being picked too early and it never ripens all the way no matter how long it sits around, there is so much food being thrown away because of mishandling or misjudging time frames reducing the overall quality of our food and overtaxing the sources to produce more to cover losses...Its a vicious cycle that is undoubtedly doing its part bring ruin to our planet by overtaxing our food sources and water sources...

    I do not eat much meat or poultry, never any fish, but that's the way I've always been, I'm very picky on the meats I purchase, and even more so these days, I have to say, when I go into the grocery and the meat department, there are some allegedly fresh meats that look old to me or very sickly meat, some of those meats do not look healthy to me...

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  5. Standingstones

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    What gets me riled up are quantities of food items. Other than a gallon of milk, most manufacturers are lowering things to 56 ounces or less. Of course the pricing is never lowered. Another move that groceries pull is on weekly pricing. An item may be $1.50 and next week it is $1.00. These aren’t listed as specials either. My wife and I go over the grocery flyer very thoroughly each week. We will wait a week or two until the prices seems reasonable to us.

    At one store the counter person will let me know if I buy a certain quantity he will lower the price considerably. We try to shop at this particular grocery store as often as we can.
     
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  6. Standingstones

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    I rarely eat at fast food places but I love the posters of a hamburger sandwich that looks to be six inches tall packed with everything imaginable. When you actually buy that burger it is small as can be and the lettuce and tomatoes are soggy. Proof in advertising indeed!
     
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  7. Toroid

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    I was in a store this morning buying tomatoes and they were all in really sad condition when they normally have quality produce.
     
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  8. Standingstones

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    Just think of all the chemicals they pumped into those tomatoes to get them to the grocery store and you!
     
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  9. Toroid

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    Maybe in the future all consumable products will come with a long chem chart.
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  10. Standingstones

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    They better start at McDonalds. Everything from salads to burgers are giving people food poisoning these past few days.
     
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  11. Toroid

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    Fresh Express Salads sold at McDonald's sicken 507 with Cyclospora in 15 States | Food Poison Journal
     
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  12. nivek

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  13. Toroid

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    I dropped a soda can on the kitchen floor and it exploded. That probably wouldn't have happened if they didn't start using thinner aluminum.
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  14. Captain Tinkle

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    I agree, I don't think products being reduced in size is to fight obesity, it is purely to increase profit margins.

    Much like the sugar tax. Yet another way for the government to make money. States that the money goes to Primary Schools... but the government has already stated that even if the amount made from the levy goes down, the funding will stay the same.

    Now if my math is correct and correct me if I am wrong:

    Roughly there are 20,925 primary schools in the UK. The Sugar Tax is meant to bring in approx £240 million. That works out at approx £1146.00 extra per primary school per year. Children in Primary School average from 180 to 220 children. This works out as £6.37 per child per year (180 students) and £5.21 per child per year (220 students). Or £0.12 per week per student (180 students) and £0.10 per week (220 students).

    I somewhat think that some of that Sugar Tax money is going somewhere else when you work it out. £240 million is not a lot in the grand scheme of things when you think about the amount of sugar related products are sold each day.
     
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  15. Toroid

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    Ritz crackers are now thinner, they break easily and they don't have the full butter taste. :Thumbsdown:
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  16. nivek

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  17. Standingstones

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    On a side issue, our local grocery store is closing. It is a four store family operation that can’t compete with the bigger stores in the area. One of the things mentioned is that they can’t compete with stores that are delivering groceries to your door.

    This small chain has been around for 86 years and now will be gone by November. :(
     
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  18. Shadowprophet

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    There is something else to this though, People can site Global economic collapse, But there is yet more to this, I don't know about other countries, But here in America, Foods that will make you sick are more affordable than foods that are healthy and nutritious for you.

    Store shelves here are lined with 99 cent sodas, [​IMG]
    These are somehow, Literally cheaper than water... Full of sugars and artificial flavours, Keep in mind they are cheaper than water and so often many people just constantly drink Soda most of the time, At least in my area.

    All of these candies are 99 cents a bag.
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    vegetables cost more than candy,

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    To me, This seems like more than irresponsible marketing, This seems like The Food and drug administration actually isn't doing it's Job, Or an even scarier thought, It Is!!! According to the prices of food these days, it's cheaper to just die than afford a healthy lifestyle. As grim as that may sound, The option is very clearly and loudly presented to us.
     
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  19. Standingstones

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    I went to a dietary workshop put on by a doctor in the local practice I go to. He said it is not surprising that a vast amount of people are overweight in the US. Just walking into your local Walmart and you are overwhelmed by snacks and sugar drinks right as you enter. He said to drive down the street and there stands one fast food restaurant after another. It takes willpower to overcome these food places and stores pushing junk food.
     
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  20. nivek

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    So another one gets changed...I drink this on occasion, Florida Grapefruit Juice, it was sold in a 1.8 quart size container, 59 ounces as seen in the first image below, and priced at about $2.23 usd...Now this grapefruit juice is in a smaller container as seen in the second image at 1.6 quart size, 52 ounces and now priced at $2.98...I will not purchase this product again...

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