Minor victory in my war against yam labeling fraud

In my futile quest to convince people that sweet potatoes shouldn’t be called yams (which are unrelated plants), I discovered that one can actually report vendors who label sweet potatoes as yams. So, for giggles, I reported Giant Foods to the USDA’s Misbranding and Misrepresentation Office. Below is a photograph I took in November of their organic sweet potatoes:

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And now in all of their stores (that I’ve checked), they sell sweet potatoes labeled as sweet potatoes:

Nature's Promise sweet potato at Giant

It might be a small victory, but Giant Foods is giant, so I’m pleased. If you want to know more about my futile war, please see my page on Yams versus Sweet Potatoes. If you want to make your own report, just visit the above USDA site and send the contact person a photograph of the label along with store contact information. They’ll do the rest, and apparently in a persuasive way.

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5 Responses to Minor victory in my war against yam labeling fraud

  1. Ken says:

    Seems to be working better than the War on Terror and the War on Drugs.

  2. Mike says:

    So interesting that our USDA has the power to get labels changed on the report of a single shopper, but has the authority to neither compel nor even request a recall of food that can actually harm people without first meeting an absurd level of proof. Alas, congratulations on your small victory!

  3. p4p says:

    Brothers in struggle! I am so glad that there are others out there participating in the monocot struggle! (Rumor has it that secreted documents indicate that one small battle in the war on the war in drugs had also been won!) #loyalty

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