“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.” – Elizabeth Berry.
“We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.” – George Orwell.
We all know the enjoyment and pleasure food can give us. But did you ever consider food as a dangerous weapon?
An Essex school just last week banned triangular shaped flap jacks after they caused injury to a pupil.
A boy was hit in the face by a flapjack resulting in the school leading a review into the texture and shape of the flap jacks.
Now as if this incident wasn’t bizarre enough, spare a thought for a family in New Zealand.
The Kiwis like to deep fry turkeys but this risky method can often back fire, literally!
A mother and father were away for a weekend, leaving their son in charge of the house. He spied a chicken in the freezer so decided to invite some friends round and fry it up.
As they sat having a few beers in the garden they stuck the chicken in to cook, a few minutes later they heard a boom.
The chicken had exploded and a fireball of meat shot through the air smashing the nearby house window and setting fire to the curtains.
Needless to say the local fire brigade weren’t too impressed as he explained what had happened, never mind his parents.
In New Zealand its estimated that more than 1000 major fires have been caused by exploding turkeys.
And watch out for out of date biscuits. A man ate a ginger nut that he later found out had spent five years in his cupboard. Thinking it would be soft the man bit into the biscuit but instead dislocated his jaw much to the bemusement of staff at the local accident and emergency!
Have you or your friends been involved in any bizarre food injury incidents?
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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” – Lewis Grizzard
You might be forgiven for wondering what impact the decline of wild bees could have on food produced at the Speyside Specialities plant in Buckie.
But the role of the six legged insect in the food chain is of far more importance than you could ever imagine.
Without their pivotal role in the pollination of crops many of the ingredients we need to create our produce would be lost.
Did you know that more than three quarters of global food crops need pollination to survive?
Scientists recently studied the pollination of more than 40 crops in 600 fields across every populated continent and discovered wild pollinators were twice as effective as honeybees in producing seeds and fruit on crops including oilseed rape, coffee, onions and tomatoes.
Trucking in of managed honeybee hives didn’t replace wild pollination when these pollinators were lost.
The decline of honeybee colonies due to disease and pesticides has lead to concern from food scientists.
If they were to die out completely the agricultural demands of the growing human population would never be met.
An industry study recently published revealed that more than half of the wild bee species were lost in the 20th century in the US.
This is in part due to widespread forests being reduced to the fragments that remain today.
So what is being done to help save bees and similar wild insects?
People are being encouraged to stop using pesticides, plant bee friendly plants, and to support or even become a beekeeper themselves.
What food would you miss the most if it wasn’t on your shelves?
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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
To quote the late Luciano Pavarotti, there truly is nothing better than devoting time, love and care to food.
Everyone at Speyside Specialities is passionate about making sure the products you buy from us bring you an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.
We will be looking at what issues are affecting the food industry, sharing some of our favourite recipes and giving you some handy tips you to use in your very own kitchen.
We want you to get involved.
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