USO Reveal: Scrap Metal Recycling, More Than Metal


Scrap Metal Recycling Sometimes Includes More Than Metal.



Well here we are again. Time to reveal what our unidentified scrap object is. While we usually have scrap metal to show you, this time things are a little different. We previously posted a pictures of an ingredients list and asked you to guess what the product is based on this. You can see the previous post here. The ingredients included, American cheddar cheese, whey concentrate, skim milk solids, cream, sodium phosphate and salt. Most objects that come into our scrap yard are relatively old, so it is a safe assumption that food labeling laws have changed since this product was produced and ingredients have changed or are now forced to be on the list.


The wait is over! Scroll down to see the object!






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It’s an old Velveeta cheese box!

It seems as though Velveeta’s ingredients have changed. When you look at a Velveeta box now the ingredients list is: Milk, whey, skim milk, milk protein concentrate, water, milkfat, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, modified food starch. Contains less than 2% of: Salt, calcium phosphate, dried corn syrup, canola oil, malto dextrin, lactic acid, sorbic acid, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, cheese culture, enzymes, abocarotenal and annatto.

While this is a huge list of a lot of things that a layperson would have no idea what they are, it is important to know that many labeling laws were not passed until the mid-century. For example, the 1924 ruling, U.S. V. 95 Barrels of Apple Cider Vinegar (what a name), the FDA “condemns every statement, design, or device on a product’s label that may mislead or deceive, even if technically true.” This ruling most likely predates that Velveeta cheese box.

This does not mean that it was illegal, it simply means that the FDA condemned products that had misleading labels. Whatever that means. It was not until 1966 in the Fair Packaging and labeling act that we had a law that labels had to be honest and informative. This, the FDA did enforce.

So while there are large differences in labeling, we do not truly know if that is because of laws that were simply not in place. I do think it is safe to assume that in the 30’s and 40’s there were not as many ingredients and fillers used.



Thanks for checking out our USO reveal this month, and keep an eye on our website and our Facebook for updates, including the next USO.


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