Here's the scoop on ice cream!

Sue MacDonald - Saturday, December 24, 2011

I found the chart below while looking at the Food & Safety Bill signed into law early last year and thought I would share! The law does not change much for us, because we are already inspected by the Food & Drug Administration, the Washington Department of Agriculture and the Snohomish Health Department. Or, maybe I should say that as coffee roasters, it doesn't change much for us. But it was clearly more broad than that, and my research brought me to this chart.

I am certainly hooked on ice cream, and I always have been. We used to make it ourselves from our own cream when I was younger.  Now it is easy to just buy this flavorful treat. As a person might guess, I find that a good cup of fresh roasted Blue Stilly coffee goes well with this wonderful traditional dish!

That being said, this chart encouraged me to do some thinking about the ice cream I eat. Of course, where roasting and drinking coffee is concerned, I'm very conscious of things like Fair Trade and organic- but what about Fair Trade and organic icecream? When it came to ice cream, I had not really considered these in the past. I will definitely start paying more attention now. Nobody is advocating for ice-cream as a health food, but the number of red flags is easy to overlook. You might expect the chart to penalize you once or twice in the well-worn criteria like Fair Trade, but most people probably don't realise how often they occur.
One thing I was very happy to find: I don't think coffee counts as one of the ice cream ingredients that they are talking about avoiding, thank goodness! I scored 3 scoops. What did you score?

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