When President Trump was sworn to the office, he promised that he would roll back several regulations for each new one making it into the books. So far he has done well on that promise, rolled back stifling regulations in some areas. But now it seems that his FDA people are finally ready to cope with the 800-pound gorilla in the room. It's time to roll back the rules on the cake. Frozen cherry pie, to be specific. Oh, and French dressing too. (Associated Press)
President Donald Trump will soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation cut, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules of frozen cherry pans.
Emails shows Food and Drug Administration scheduled to start the process of recalling the standard of frozen cherry pies this week, followed by a corresponding recall of the French dressing standard. Plans to get rid of the unclear rules had been hidden in Trump's administration deregulation agenda.
Standards for a variety of foods, including cottage cheese and canned peas, were put in place many decades ago to ensure a quality level. They spell out how products with specific names can be made, including ingredients that are required or not allowed. The rules for frozen cherry pies say they must be 25% cherry by weight, with no more than 15% of cherries becoming blustered.
Sure, this sounds like a stupid on the surface. But when you look at the regulations in question, you have to wonder how it ceases on the books. A cherry pie must consist of 25% cherry by weight. And no more than 15% of the cherries can be "blemished". It doesn't sound very punishable to the manufacturers, and I'm sure you won't open up a cloudless cake after you've taken it home, but why just cherry pie? There are all kinds of pies out there on the market and they do not have similar rules. Why should your pumpkin be made from less than 25% pumpkin?
The reality is that we already have a regulator for such products, and that is the audience. The government has a role in ensuring that companies that produce food use sterile conditions and do not add any harmful agents to their products, but that is about it. If someone sells cherry pies with too few cherries, people will start buying them from someone else, and the prickly company will leave the business. Welcome to the free market.
The same goes for French dressing. Why do we have dressing rules that only apply to a particular taste? I've got pretty dodgy thousand islands that dress up my day.
The only regulations they look at must be on the books, the one that covers milk. Currently, the FDA says that milk "must come from a cow". It sounds right to me. I guess you can use the word for goat's milk (or any other animal) as long as you specify the species. But there is no such thing as "soy milk" or "rice milk" or "almond milk". None of these plants are capable of producing milk.
For me I want to stick with apple pie. And we do it ourselves.