25 Years of Food Follies: 1987-2012

We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense. By: Jenny Everett

1987 | Hey, Baby, Want Some Beet Sugar?
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1987 | Hey, baby, want some beet sugar?

Most headline-making food scandals since the '80s have centered on bacteria or impurities, but here we find an old-style adulteration scandal, harkening back to the 19th century: Beech-Nut Nutrition, the big baby food maker, is accused by the FDA of marketing and selling a blend of beet sugar, cane sugar syrup, and corn syrup as "apple juice" for babies. The resulting $2 million fine is the largest to date and comes on top of a $7.5 million class-action lawsuit.

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