Numlock News: January 14, 2022 • Sunbirds…

By Walt Hickey We’re off Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Have an excellent weekend and see you Tuesday. French Dressing Fully 72 years ago, French dressing became one of three dressings recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the other two being mayonnaise and “salad dressing.” Needless to say, 1950 was a dire time in America. Per the original FDA standard, French dressing had strict requirements, including vegetable oil, vinegar, lemon or lime juice, salt, sugar, tomato paste or puree, and select spices. Naturally, in 2022, the concept of the United States federal government having strict regulations regarding the composition of French dressing is ridiculous. Since January of 1998 the Association for Dressings and Sauces, the industry trade group, had asked the FDA to revoke the French dressing rule, as newer salad dressings — Italian, Ranch, Caesar, Blue cheese — never were put under the yoke of government oversight. And Wednesday, they succeeded: The FDA revoked the standard of identity, and French dressing is now free.

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