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'Imitation Calamari' made of Pork


By zzyzzx   Follow   Thu, 17 Jan 2013, 10:42pm PST   1,340 views   13 comments
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/imitation-calamari-sliced-pig-rectum_n_2482063.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

'Imitation Calamari' Investigated By 'This American Life,' Suggested To Have Dubious, Pork-Based Origin

Though it has a shape and texture similar to the real thing, its component parts are decidedly different. While calamari comes from squid, the replica is supposedly made of hog rectum, otherwise known as "bung."

What's more, Steve Haruch, a journalist for the Nashville Scene, claims to have chowed down on pork bung and concluded, "prepared the right way, it could pass for calamari."

That said, a disconcerting report from Oceana, an ocean conservation watchdog, notes that seafood fraud occurs at shocking levels in major metropolitan areas, including Boston (48 percent), Los Angeles (55 percent), Miami (31 percent), and New York City (39 percent).

The group concluded that seafood fraud can happen at any step of a product's supply chain -- the restaurant, the distributor, or the processing and packaging phase.

I guess once it's fried, nobody notices and difference?

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CaptainShuddup   Thu, 17 Jan 2013, 11:03pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)     Comment 1

That's some damn fine example of taking a sow's ear and making a silk purse right there. I mean if they can take chicharon and make it look let alone taste like squid. Then I'm all for it. These people should win a Nobel Peace prize. But the real ones they keep in the back, that are reserved for the people that actually did Dickall.

lostand confused   Thu, 17 Jan 2013, 11:36pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

eek-I could have been eating pork's rectum when I went to the Chinese buffet?

zzyzzx   Thu, 17 Jan 2013, 11:49pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)     Comment 3

lostand confused says

eek-I could have been eating pork's rectum when I went to the Chinese buffet?

Or worse.

CaptainShuddup   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 12:11am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike (1)     Comment 4

lostand confused says

eek-I could have been eating pork's rectum when I went to the Chinese buffet?

See THAT'S why I always go for tentacles. You can't forge those.
Though when you consider the cheap cost of squid, and the availability compared to entrails, it doesn't add up. I mean there are actually cultures that eat pork rectums, and they are also used as sausage casings. I would suspect that either price or volume would be prohibitive. Even Veal hearts, used for Antacucho a Peruvian delicacy has gotten out of hand over the last 10 years. We used to buy a case for like $12 which had about 5 to 6 hearts in it. Now you can only find them in single half sections. And you'll pay about $5.00 for that half a heart.

It's like people that suspect a Chinese restaurant could serve Cat consistently. When a place that has a high turn over would need about 3 or 4 cats a day. That would be a hard feat to round up that many feral cats in a given day. And to raise that many cats to maturity would also be cost prohibitive, have you seen the price of Cat food these days?

There are plenty of outlets that sells inferior beef, pork, or chicken cuts, for a hell of a lot cheaper than those alternative ways. And truth be told, you would probably be better off eating cat.

zzyzzx   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 12:51am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 5

CaptainShuddup says

It's like people that suspect a Chinese restaurant could serve Cat consistently. When a place that has a high turn over would need about 3 or 4 cats a day. That would be a hard feat to round up that many feral cats in a given day. And to raise that many cats to maturity would also be cost prohibitive, have you seen the price of Cat food these days?

Obligatory:

Peter P   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 1:52am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 6

I only eat whole squids at Japanese restaurants.

Homeboy   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 2:54am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

CaptainShuddup says

Though when you consider the cheap cost of squid, and the availability compared to entrails, it doesn't add up.

Reminds me of the persistent rumor going around many years ago that McDonald's put ground up worms in their Big Macs. A lot of people believed it, until someone pointed out that worms actually cost more per pound than ground beef.

zzyzzx   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 3:31am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 8

It's a potential solution to our overfishing (really overpopulation) problem.

Peter P   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 4:48am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 9

It is overpopulation.

We have not seen the full effect yet because much of the world is dirt poor. If the so-called middle class expands massively as some optimists suggest, we will have a problem of biblical proportion.

Population growth only benefits rent seekers.

New Renter   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 7:04am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 10

Peter P says

Population growth only benefits rent seekers.

And organized religion.

Mark D   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 9:22am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 11

you haven't lived until you have had Deep Fried Puppy served with Hot Garlic Sauce.

HEY YOU   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 11:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 12

That pic looks almost as good as Granny's Chitlins. They were always great, fresh from a hog killing.

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   Fri, 18 Jan 2013, 12:09pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 13

When people come over late to the White House after the chef goes off duty, Obama just throws white babies in the fryolator and serves them up with home-brewed White House ale.

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