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They put WHAT in THIS??!!! [Muller Fruit Up Yogurt]

Vidute Aug 17, 2012 11:14 PM

Ok, so a new yogurt appeared on my grocer's shelf, Muller Fruit Up. Great, something new to try! That is, until I read the ingredients and found....Tilapia....Yes, Tilapia! In yogurt!!

I am an adventurous eater. I like yogurt and I like fish; however, I do not like tilapia (poor sanitation in the fish ponds), and, I really don't want fish in my fruit yogurt.

Have you ever read the ingredients on a product, done a double-take, and thought "WTH"?!!

  1. Tripeler Aug 17, 2012 11:21 PM

    TILAPIA? That is totally weird! It has to be some kind of mistake.
    Unless...they used a fish-based gelatin made from Tilapia.

    Still... entirely strange.

    1. TeRReT Aug 17, 2012 11:29 PM

      Yeah its probably gelatin, or an auto correct of tapioca gone awry. But there is tilapia gelatin so its probably that.

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      1. re: TeRReT
        atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 11:13 AM

        Nope...it is FISH

        1. re: atexasmile
          ferret Jul 17, 2013 12:20 PM

          Not sure if you're doing a performance art piece here, but it's fish gelatin which must be identified on the label for allergy purposes.

      2. meatn3 Aug 18, 2012 06:24 AM

        I found a blogger who reported that a company spokesperson told her the tilapia is used for texture.

        I do find this choice very odd. Why choose a controversial ingredient which is also a common allergen when there are so many other possible texture agents?

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        1. re: meatn3
          Tripeler Aug 18, 2012 06:27 AM

          Maybe because Tilapia is one of the cheapest food items available anywhere on earth?
          Hmmmm, with the texture of...fabulous farmed fish!
          Just what I demand in my dairy products!

          1. re: Tripeler
            meatn3 Aug 18, 2012 07:26 AM

            Agree that availability and price probably drive the choice. Still seems to have more negatives than the cost savings warrants. I could see someone never dreaming they needed to check yogurt for the addition of fish byproducts having a severe allergic reaction. They also have lost potential vegetarian customers too.

            1. re: meatn3
              Tripeler Aug 18, 2012 07:27 AM

              It just makes no freakin' sense. I shouldn't have to read a yogurt label to make sure there is no freakin' farmed FISH in it for chrissakes.

              1. re: Tripeler
                kubasd Aug 18, 2012 07:30 AM

                +1 I find this just disgusting and nonsensical... straight up crazy...

                1. re: kubasd
                  LindaWhit Aug 29, 2012 09:34 AM

                  + a lot more. This is just bizarre!

          2. re: meatn3
            DeppityDawg Aug 18, 2012 07:56 AM

            On their Facebook page, too: "FrütUp contains a slight amount of natural, kosher gelatin from tilapia to help maintain the light and airy texture of the fruit mousse".

            I guess I would also prefer a yogurt with no added gelatin, but if they've decided the recipe needs it, then I applaud them for putting the full information on the package. (Although I can imagine that it wasn't their own free decision, but consumer protection laws.) If you have a specific food sensitivity or restriction, or if you just want to know what's in your food and where it comes from, wouldn't you rather see "tilapia" in the ingredients list, and not just "gelatin" or "E441"?

            1. re: DeppityDawg
              kubasd Aug 18, 2012 08:02 AM

              I agree that it's nice that they have it in plain writing, it's the inclusion in the first place I have a problem with.

          3. sunshine842 Aug 20, 2012 12:32 PM

            You should probably all pop over to wikipedia and read what "regular" gelatin is made of.

            Fish might sound better.

            1. m
              maipho Aug 29, 2012 08:26 AM

              Funny as I am reading this post, I am eating the Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt by Frut Up. I checked the ingredients and low and behold it does say tilapia. Well I don't taste a hint of fish, or a textural difference but this yogurt is yummy!!! I will admit I am not much of a yogurt fan but this stuff is good.

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                toasts Aug 29, 2012 09:31 AM

                I think the worst ingredient I've ever noticed was L-cysteine when I was buying bread. I didn't think much of it, assuming it was probably some kind of added vitamin for fortified breads, like vitamin A palmitate, until it showed up on the news as a dough conditioner made from human hair and duck feathers.

                And your discovery is now more incentive to make my own yogurt from now on! It must be fun being a chemist in a lab. Where do they come up with this kind of stuff?

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                1. re: toasts
                  Vidute Aug 29, 2012 10:33 PM

                  I emailed the CEO at Muller and received a reply stating that tilapia was the only way they could get the desired texture and make the yogurt kosher. The reply stated they are working on finding an alternative to the tilapia. Uh-huh.

                  1. re: Vidute
                    JudiAU Jul 31, 2013 09:39 PM

                    Must be a specific rabbinical supervisor then because most gelatin is considered parve.

                    1. re: JudiAU
                      paulj Jul 31, 2013 10:05 PM


                      According to this, the gelatin has to be made exclusively from beef hide (skin) to be considered parve. No flesh or bones. If it can be used to make parchment (for writing sacred scrolls), then it can be used to make kosher gelatin.

                      1. re: paulj
                        JudiAU Aug 5, 2013 01:09 PM

                        Yep. Which is also widely available so there is no particular reason they need to use a fish product.

                        1. re: JudiAU
                          DeppityDawg Aug 5, 2013 01:27 PM

                          I imagine that one particular reason is the price. These sources suggest that fish gelatin is cheaper than kosher beef gelatin:



                          1. re: DeppityDawg
                            ferret Aug 5, 2013 01:37 PM

                            I think there are only one or two players in the kosher beef gelatin market and it's very expensive (about 3X as much as Knox).

                          2. re: JudiAU
                            Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 5, 2013 01:28 PM

                            I think that in the sport of competitive kashruth, gelatin from fish trumps and ousts gelatin from any part of an animal.

                            1. re: JudiAU
                              paulj Aug 5, 2013 02:07 PM

                              Earlier I found a source of this fish gelatin


                              The gelatin is far enough down the ingredients list on this yogurt that the choice has more to do with physical properties rather than cost.

                              While looking for info on uses of fish gelatin in mousse, I stumbled on a mention of 'mouse galatin'.
                              Some children have an allergic reaction to the (bovin) gelatin used to stabilize some vaccines. These researchers looked at whether those children are also sensitive to gelatin from other animals.

                              - "Most of the children who displayed sensitivity to bovine gelatin showed IgE reactivity to other mammalian gelatins."

                              - "Only one child had strong IgE reactivity to fish gelatins"

                              - "The IgE in most of the children reacted to kangaroo and mouse gelatins, to which they had had little or no exposure as a food or a vaccine stabilizer."

                              1. re: paulj
                                DeppityDawg Aug 5, 2013 03:13 PM

                                So fish gelatin may be less allergenic than other types of animal gelatin. Good to know.

                                Also good to know that scientists are looking for excuses to make people eat mice (not kosher!).

                    2. sunshine842 Aug 30, 2012 01:40 AM

                      Y'all -- regular gelatin is made with cow's hooves, bones, offal, and boiled hide. How, exactly, is that worse than something made from fish?

                      Other than the squick factor that it says "tilapia" other than "gelatin" -- what if the other brands said "cow hide and hooves" on the label?

                      I can't stand yogurt with gelatin, anyway (If I want to eat jello, I will....) -- so it's a non-issue with me from the get-go.

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                      1. re: sunshine842
                        Ruthie789 Aug 30, 2012 03:14 AM

                        Once the gelatin is tranformed from the above it looks so neutralized we would not know its source, assuming the tilapia is the same. We also have to ask what is gelatin also found in? All transformed foods are questionable in terms of the preservatives in them, but we do eat them. Take the humble Twinkie as an example! I do not like tilapia, do not like the idea of farmed fish at all.

                        1. re: Ruthie789
                          sunshine842 Aug 30, 2012 04:19 AM

                          Gelatin is not a preservative.

                          1. re: sunshine842
                            Ruthie789 Aug 30, 2012 05:32 AM

                            Yes agree. I should have said additives to foods, referring to all contents in foods not just gelatin.

                          2. re: Ruthie789
                            Tripeler Aug 31, 2012 05:19 AM

                            Imagine the sheer horror of Tilapia-stuffed Twinkies.

                            Total Science Fiction!

                            1. re: Tripeler
                              Ruthie789 Sep 3, 2012 05:28 AM

                              No one should dare mess with Twinkies!

                          3. re: sunshine842
                            mpjmph Aug 30, 2012 04:26 AM

                            Exactly. Gelatin from farmed tilapia is no different than gelatin from factory farmed cattle. If you don't like gelatin in yogurt, that's fine. Objecting to tilapia gelatin while accepting the presence of beef gelatin elsewhere just doesn't make sense. I do wonder why they labeled it as tilapia when products with beef gelatin just say gelatin. Why not label it as fish gelatin, or kosher gelatin.

                            1. re: mpjmph
                              sunshine842 Aug 30, 2012 05:01 AM

                              I kind of wondered that myself....seems Mueller is painting a bullseye right on their own forehead.

                              There's that very fine line between "truth in labeling' and "freaking people out"

                              1. re: mpjmph
                                DeppityDawg Aug 30, 2012 05:20 AM

                                They do label it as "kosher gelatin", actually, if this image from their website corresponds to what appears on the product packaging:

                                The tilapia is mentioned in the "contains" statement, which is there to alert people with allergies and other dietary restrictions. As I said earlier, I suspect that the company may not have a lot of choice about what to list there.

                                1. re: DeppityDawg
                                  sunshine842 Aug 30, 2012 05:24 AM

                                  I guess the easy thing to do would be to check other kosher gelatin-based products and see what it says there.

                                  1. re: sunshine842
                                    DeppityDawg Aug 30, 2012 05:36 AM

                                    Here's some organic milk:

                                    And here's a yogurt that contains sardines, anchovy, and tilapia:

                                    Keep in mind that some products may have non-compliant labeling… Even easier, and more direct, is reading the relevant regulation:

                                    "the word `Contains', followed by the name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived, is printed immediately after or is adjacent to the list of ingredients (in a type size no smaller than the type size used in the list of ingredients)"

                                    "The term `major food allergen' means any of the following: (1) Milk, egg, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, or cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, or shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, or walnuts), wheat, peanuts, and soybeans."

                                    "in the case of a tree nut, fish, or Crustacean shellfish, the term `name of the food source from which the major food allergen is derived' means the name of the specific type of nut or species of fish or Crustacean shellfish."

                                    1. re: DeppityDawg
                                      sunshine842 Aug 30, 2012 07:39 AM

                                      I think I'm bugged more by sardines and anchovies!

                                      I get the clarity for the sake of allergies...

                                      ...but there are people who will be squicked out by discovering that vegetarian gelatin comes from seaweed, too...

                                  2. re: DeppityDawg
                                    kayester Oct 5, 2012 09:36 AM

                                    the sample I got this morning lists "kosher gelatin" in the ingredients and after the ingredients, on its own line in bold face states "CONTAINS: MILK, WHEAT, TILAPIA."

                                2. re: sunshine842
                                  coll Dec 8, 2012 12:27 PM

                                  I think I bought this brand a few months ago when it was 10 for $10. It wasn't this Fruit Up stuff though. But I was really disappointed when I saw it listed cornstarch as an ingredient, and you could REALLY taste it in there.

                                  It was possibly Muller, or maybe Mueller? Wonder if I have one left in the fridge?

                                3. westsidegal Oct 5, 2012 10:43 PM

                                  you beat me.
                                  i thought i was observant when i found out that dome brands of the jarred jams and preserves on the grocer's shelt contains artificial color and artificial flavor in addition to sugar.

                                  the gelatin thing beats my experience by a lot.
                                  p.s. i returned the jar of preserves and they gave me a full refund

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                                    Alison030177 Dec 8, 2012 12:15 PM

                                    Hhmmm... I was also eating a cup of Peach Passion Früt Up, when I stumbled across this. Almost wish I hadn't been so curious as to see if this was European Style Yogurt.
                                    I would prefer Fish Gelatin to cow hooves any day. Not to mention this is one of the best yogurts I've come across. It is quite fantastic actually, fish gel and all.
                                    I've learned not to go digging to much into what is allowed in foods I like. I've only been horrified by what I've found.

                                    1. trolley Dec 8, 2012 07:32 PM

                                      time for new yogurt! try the brand Noosa. They sell them mostly at Whole Foods and select Targets. The best yogurt ever. i had a sample from their booth at a farmers market in Boulder, Co. There were hoards of people crowding the booth so like a good obeying cattle i followed. Really great stuff. only drawback is that it's not lowfat but not as fatty as full fat greek yogurts.

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                                      1. re: trolley
                                        Vidute Dec 8, 2012 11:44 PM

                                        Noosa is good, but it still has milk protein powder. The best/tastiest grocery yogurt I've tried is Maple Hill Creamery. Made from grass-fed milk with no fillers, stabilizers or milk protein powder

                                        1. re: Vidute
                                          trolley Dec 9, 2012 07:15 AM

                                          Maple Hill is also very good. yes, no fillers and just yogurt but i love the creaminess of Noosa. at least it's not tilapia!

                                        2. re: trolley
                                          coney with everything Mar 6, 2013 04:44 AM

                                          other drawback to Noosa is that it's double the price of Mueller or even Fage. But it is tasty!

                                          1. re: coney with everything
                                            monalisamonkey Jun 26, 2013 03:13 PM

                                            My ONLY drawback with Noosa is the sugar content, it's like candy with milk. The milkfat is actually the good part of this yoghurt. CLA's!!

                                            1. re: monalisamonkey
                                              trolley Jul 17, 2013 09:38 PM

                                              keep in mind ALL yogurts seem high in sugar bc of the lactose. my plain lowfat yogurt has 15 grams of sugar which none is from added sugar bc there is no sugar in there. i think the rule of thumb is to choose something under 30 grams with yogurt.

                                              1. re: trolley
                                                paulj Jul 17, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                Is the protein level about the same as the sugar in your plain?

                                                1. re: paulj
                                                  trolley Jul 18, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                  10 grams of protein, 15 grams of sugar

                                                2. re: trolley
                                                  Ruth Lafler Jul 17, 2013 10:40 PM

                                                  One reason Greek-style yogurts are so popular is that a true strained Greek-style yogurt is much lower in sugar. Lactose, like all sugars, is water soluble and so about half the lactose is removed when the whey is drained out.

                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                    trolley Jul 18, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                    true, for me i prefer the texture of regular yogurt. i have enjoyed strauss creamery greek style but i find most lowfat greek to be gritty or powdery after feel. i like full fat but then I start questioning why i'm not just eating ice cream for the same amount of fat and calories.

                                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                      mcf Jul 20, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                      Actually, after the first 24 hours of fermentation, about 80% or more of the lactose has been converted to lactic acid. So the sugar content of the yogurt is lower than the lactose constituent grams on the label.

                                                      Even in the store and in the fridge at home, lactose continues to be converted. When I was lactose intolerant, I could only eat very old, out of date yogurt without symptoms.

                                                      1. re: mcf
                                                        Vidute Aug 7, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                        fermented milk, basically.

                                              2. re: trolley
                                                HillJ Jan 3, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                Finally found Noosa yogurt at Wegman's. I like their take on creamy yogurt with fruit; some like raspberry and honey I enjoyed more than the blueberry but I'm going to try a few others.

                                              3. m
                                                mkbr2012 Feb 1, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                They use tilapia to make gelatin because it's Kosher, where the traditional means of getting gelatin from is not and gross too!


                                                Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, boiled crushed horn, hoof and bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, pigs, and horses.

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                                                1. re: mkbr2012
                                                  Vidute Feb 1, 2013 10:08 PM

                                                  Kosher gelatin can be made from fish bones, beef, Japanese insinglass, agar agar, carrageenan, and Irish moss. There are options other than fish for kosher-dairy.

                                                  1. re: Vidute
                                                    coney with everything Mar 6, 2013 04:44 AM

                                                    how could it be kosher if the gelatin is from beef? Can't mix meat and dairy. Fish swings both ways.

                                                    1. re: coney with everything
                                                      sunshine842 Mar 6, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                      actually fish is neither, so works with both.

                                                      1. re: coney with everything
                                                        DeppityDawg Mar 6, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                        Meat and dairy products can lose their meat/dairy status through certain types of processing. Kosher beef gelatin is considered neutral, like fish, with (as usual) differences in detail depending on who you ask. The problem is that kosher beef gelatin much harder to make and so less available and more expensive than kosher gelatin from fish. See the following post, for example (quoted from one of the many many explanations on the web):

                                                        1. re: DeppityDawg
                                                          coney with everything Apr 18, 2013 04:54 AM

                                                          did not know that about neutral kosher beef gelatin. I learn something new every day!

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                                                    cgarner Feb 18, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                    I just wish I had found this conversation (or at least read the lable closer) before I bought it

                                                    I turned my stomach, I know I couldn't detect any flavor of fish and I had no textural issues... it's just the "thought" of eating tilapia in my yogurt... put me off

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                                                    1. re: cgarner
                                                      sunshine842 Feb 18, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                      don't read the label about carmine food coloring or non-vegetarian gelatin.

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                                                      godmother22 Feb 21, 2013 08:00 PM

                                                      I did this tonight. I swear! My girlfrined told me their is tilapia in this. I thought, you're koo-koo. Until I broght it upstairs and looked at it and I was like, "I'll be damned."

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                                                      1. re: godmother22
                                                        Vidute Feb 21, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                        not all surprises are pleasant!

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                                                        firebird3954 Mar 1, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                        i just discovered this yogurt and love the peach passion fruit. after reading the ingredients though i tossed the rest out of the fridge. the tilapia is a total turn off, even if it is just used in the gelatin. yuck!

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                                                        1. re: firebird3954
                                                          sunshine842 Mar 1, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                          make sure you read the labels on all the other yogurt you buy and look into how those ingredients are made -- specifically red food coloring and gelatine.

                                                          You might decide fish gelatin isn't so bad afterall.

                                                          1. re: sunshine842
                                                            Vidute Mar 1, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                            for me it's not the fish gelatin, it's the tilapia, itself, or, i should say, where and how the tilapia farmed.

                                                            1. re: Vidute
                                                              atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                              So very disgusting.

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                                                          tastesgoodwhatisit Mar 2, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                          I think this is more of a case of accurate and transparent labelling than weird ingredients. If you've eating kosher yoghurt with gelatin as an ingredient, you were most likely already eating something made from fish bones.

                                                          Think of the difference between saying "gelatin" and "cow bones and and skin" on a label.

                                                          Read up on fining ingredients for wine if you want to get turned off of eating wine, too. :-)

                                                          1. k
                                                            kwarner75 Mar 5, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                            I don't like fish but I have to tell you that I bought this last night and the yogurt is the creamiest yogurt I have ever had and the fruit mousse on top tastes fantastic.

                                                            1. k
                                                              kwarner75 Mar 5, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                              Ok I have to make another comment... I suggest that you start reading all your labels from now on because I can think of other foods that also contain Tilapia gellatin. Jiff Omega-3 peanut butter also contains Anchovy and Sardine oil. Pretty much every brand of jello... Jello Brand Jello, Royal Jello, Great Value Jello, Disney jello,...

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                                                              1. re: kwarner75
                                                                ferret Mar 5, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                I'm pretty sure Jello and other gel brands contains mammal-sourced gelatin.

                                                                1. re: kwarner75
                                                                  Vidute Mar 5, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                  i do read all labels, hence noticing the tilapia. anchovies, sardines, are ok for me, but tilapia isn't. and you won't find anyone using tilapia for its omega 3s as it doesn't have much; however, it is high in omega 6 which current research has found to be harmful. :)

                                                                  1. re: Vidute
                                                                    DeppityDawg Mar 6, 2013 04:42 AM

                                                                    There won't be omegas of any sort in tilapia gelatin.

                                                                    1. re: DeppityDawg
                                                                      babbling_angel Jul 30, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                      There are omega 3's and omega 6's in tilapia

                                                                      1. re: babbling_angel
                                                                        DeppityDawg Jul 30, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                        But how much of each in tilapia _gelatin_, given that gelatin is 99% protein (and water)?

                                                                        1. re: DeppityDawg
                                                                          sunshine842 Jul 31, 2013 04:16 AM

                                                                          does anybody eat yogurt (or gelatin, for that matter) to get Omega 3's?

                                                                          I figure that yes, there is a detectable level of Omega-3 and -6.....no, I don't figure it's significant.

                                                                          1. re: sunshine842
                                                                            DeppityDawg Jul 31, 2013 05:05 AM

                                                                            Yes, that is a good way to put it. I haven't found a specific nutritional breakdown for fish gelatin, but the national nutrient database says there is only 0.01% polyunsaturated fatty acids (of all kinds) in dry gelatin.

                                                                            That said, given the current fad for "functional foods", there are omega-3 fortified yogurts:

                                                                            And now, apparently, omega-3 fortified gelatin desserts:

                                                                            "Gelatin companies have been looking for ways to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids for years but due to the technical limitations, have been unable to do so."

                                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                                              atexasmile Jul 31, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                              I do NOT eat FISH for any reason

                                                                              1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 31, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                Why not?

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                                                                                  coney with everything Aug 1, 2013 04:27 AM

                                                                                  Yes, one wonders how people would feel if instead of just "gelatin", the label said "beef hoof and bone extract" or some such.

                                                                                  Fish is no more objectionable than that IMO, but if atexasmile is allergic, that is a different (pardon me) kettle of fish.

                                                                                  1. re: coney with everything
                                                                                    DeppityDawg Aug 1, 2013 05:08 AM

                                                                                    He/she is not allergic. He/she just really doesn't like fish, and really needs everyone to know this.

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                                                                    ank76 Mar 7, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                    Ok- I am glad that other people were shocked to see that Tilapia was in the yogurt. Being a fish and seafood fan for 35 years, I just developed an allergy to all of it. I had the yogurt today. It was delicious. I never thought to read the ingredients of yogurt being that fish and seafood is typically not in it. Sadly enough I had a minor allergic reaction to this stuff. Couldn't figure out why until I saw the label. I am a little furious after drinking Benedryl all day. I now learned that I have to READ ALL LABELS with caution even when fish/ seafood is not a suspect ingredient. This really stinks.

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                                                                    1. re: ank76
                                                                      Vidute Mar 7, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                      hope you're ok, now, ank.

                                                                      1. re: Vidute
                                                                        atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                        And as someone allergic to seafood...why would you even THINK to check ingredients to see if FISH is in it??

                                                                        1. re: atexasmile
                                                                          DeppityDawg Jul 17, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                          You never know what they could be putting in commercial processed foods these days. That is, until you look at the label, where everything is listed explicitly. As a person with food allergies, you are strongly encouraged to read these labels. That's what they're there for.

                                                                          1. re: DeppityDawg
                                                                            ferret Jul 17, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                            Probably less going into processed foods these days than there used to be and we're certainly more aware now than we used to be.

                                                                          2. re: atexasmile
                                                                            ferret Jul 17, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                            To underscore deputy dawg ,if you have an allergy you have a heightened duty to check your ingredients. If you're allergic to "seafood" is it shellfish or all forms or fish?

                                                                            1. re: ferret
                                                                              atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                              I am not allergic to either...merely stating that someone who might be allergic, may not think to examine the ingredients of yogurt for aspects of seafood. On my part, it is merely disgust. I have been eating yogurt for many, many years and have never seen FISH as an ingredient until yesterday. Just not the norm, and most certainly not necessary.

                                                                              1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                ferret Jul 17, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                It's fish GELATIN, if it wasn't in there they would likely be using animal-sourced gelatin like other yogurt companies do. So if it didn't say Tilapia but it contained pig or cow gelatin would that make you happier?

                                                                                1. re: ferret
                                                                                  mcf Jul 20, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                  Why does anyone put gelatin in yogurt??

                                                                                  1. re: mcf
                                                                                    Hobbert Jul 20, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                    I think the gelatin is only in the fruit topping part.

                                                                                    1. re: Hobbert
                                                                                      sunshine842 Jul 20, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                      don't know about this one, but there are a lot of yogurts that have gelatin -- I believe it's to make up for the lack of "set" that you get by using whole milk. Lowering the fat content also takes out some of the proteins, so the yogurt ends up very liquid.

                                                                                      I've also been told that the US yogurt market prefers a more solid texture, so the manufacturers add gelatin to make it set.

                                                                                      Some people just add powdered milk back in to get the set.

                                                                                      I can't stand gelatin in yogurt, so I just make it with whole milk and don't sweat the fat content.

                                                                                2. re: atexasmile
                                                                                  sunshine842 Aug 1, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                  unless, of course, you are looking for kosher yogurt...

                                                                                  and just because the other labels didn't *say* FISH doesn't mean it wasn't there...I'm pretty sure they just have to say gelatin on the label.

                                                                                  We already talked about caesar salad dressing and Worcestershire sauce and nuoc mam....

                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                    DeppityDawg Aug 1, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                    I'm pretty sure they have to say "contains [name of fish species]" on the label if one of the ingredients is derived from that species of fish, as per the regulation quoted earlier in this thread. At least if it's for sale in the US.

                                                                                    If it just says "(kosher) gelatin" in the ingredients and has no additional allergen warning, then it must be non-fish gelatin. Assuming that the label is in compliance with the law.

                                                                                    It works the same way for Worcestershire sauce and bottled caesar dressing. They list "anchovies" in the ingredients list, but they also have to say "contains: anchovies" one more time. If they contain anchovies, that is.


                                                                                    1. re: DeppityDawg
                                                                                      paulj Aug 1, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                      Isn't the labeling by fish species a relatively new requirement?

                                                                                      1. re: paulj
                                                                                        DeppityDawg Aug 1, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                        Yes, the text I cited was part of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Hopefully no one is considering eating any yogurt that they bought before then… On the other hand, I may very well have a bottle of Worcestershire sauce older than that (but not purchased in the US).

                                                                                        The link I provided before is now broken. This one has the same info:

                                                                              2. re: atexasmile
                                                                                Cathy Jul 17, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                It's listed in the ingredients as "kosher gelatin" and at the bottom is the warning in large letters 'contains fish (tilapia)'.

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                                                                            whyrusurprised Apr 17, 2013 10:43 PM

                                                                            I don't know why you would be surprised that tilapia is in yogurt. What would you do if I told you that pig marrow is in most yogurts and jello? That's how they make "gelatin" which is why I don't eat it. If you read the ingredients on the fruitup yogurt you will see that it says "kosher gelatin"--they make it out of tilapia instead of pig marrow that's all. I'm kosher and don't eat pork or shellfish because, according to the Bible, those type foods are not meant to be consumed by humans--they are unclean to our bodies. I would much rather eat kosher gelatin made out of tilapia.

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                                                                              coll Apr 18, 2013 06:18 AM

                                                                              They're all good to me, I would eat any of them rather than cornstarch, which just tastes nasty in yogurt.

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                                                                              DarkReverand Jun 21, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                              To all the people posting... Yogurt is fermented milk, then processed with fresh cream.... Not ground up bone marrow...

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                                                                              1. re: DarkReverand
                                                                                sunshine842 Jun 22, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                Er, no. Only Greek yogurt has cream added back in later.

                                                                                And if you'll have a second read of the thread, you'll see that nobody has any doubts as to what *yogurt* is. The discussion is about the ingredients used to make the gelatin found in many commercial yogurts.

                                                                                1. re: DarkReverand
                                                                                  ferret Jun 22, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                  Yes, but the minute they add in gelatin they're added animal-derived prooducts.

                                                                                  1. re: ferret
                                                                                    DeppityDawg Jun 22, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                    And I for one accept _no_ animal-derived products in my yogurt. Blech!

                                                                                    1. re: ferret
                                                                                      sunshine842 Jun 22, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                      Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, I'm sure, but I'm fairly certain that the milk (and cream, if applicable) are animal-derived products.

                                                                                      (yes, I get the dairy-meat-pareve thing...but the dairy still comes from an animal)

                                                                                  2. Ruthie789 Jun 26, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                    Maybe we have to start making our own yogurt in order to meet our high standards. Has anyone had any success with this?

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                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789
                                                                                      sunshine842 Jun 26, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                      Yep. Make my own every week. Dead simple, and tastes better.

                                                                                      (make my own granola, too -- commercial granola, like commercial yogurt, is almost always far too sweet for my taste)

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                                                                                      deputygeorgie Jun 28, 2013 10:58 PM

                                                                                      It is actual tilapia, like the fish. Grossed me out. I know it's safe and had no taste effect, but it just grossed me out so bad. Haven't been able to eat any of Mueller's product, even the non-fish variety.

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                                                                                      1. re: deputygeorgie
                                                                                        sunshine842 Jun 29, 2013 05:06 AM

                                                                                        so gelatin cooked out of cows' hooves is better?

                                                                                        I'm pretty sure you'll find that the tilapia gelatin is a by-product. They're really not whizzing raw filets into the yogurt.

                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                          deputygeorgie Jun 29, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                          Maybe it's because generally I don't eat things with gelatin added? Don't know.

                                                                                          1. re: deputygeorgie
                                                                                            sunshine842 Jun 29, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                                            I can't stand yogurt with gelatin in it. I just don't like the texture...and no, I don't eat much Jell-o, either-- texture thing, I guess. But I have no rose-colored spectacles as to the origin or the stuff, either.

                                                                                            Gelatin made from fish isn't inherently any more (or less) ick than gelatin made from any other sort of animal....or even vegetable gelatin, which is made from seaweed.

                                                                                            To put it into a different spectrum....that lovely, unctuous, silky mouth feel that we all love in soups and stews and sauces? That comes from collagen....which comes from low and slow cooking that breaks down the connective tissues and cartilage in the meat....and most folks don't find that repulsive in the least, even though it's more or less the same origin as animal-based gelatin.

                                                                                            Let's talk about custards and things made wtih milk and eggs....you're looking to curdle (with heat or acid) the milk proteins so that they bond into long chains...which creates custard, creamy or solid.

                                                                                            It all has to come from somewhere...it doesn't just materialize.

                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                              atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                              We just need to get the word out to the unsuspecting general public that this yogurt has FISH in it. From there they can decide for themselves. I returned mine and will never buy it again...but what about people who would never even consider the thought that FISH might be in their yogurt....simply disgusting choice on their part. Lots of better things they could have used.

                                                                                              1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                sunshine842 Jul 17, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                No, it doesn't have fish flesh. It's gelatin produced from the bones and skin of fish.

                                                                                                People who have allergies and sensitivities learn very quickly to read the labels and make decisions based upon their particular sensitivities.

                                                                                          2. re: sunshine842
                                                                                            paulj Jun 29, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                            You can buy tilapia gelatin here
                                                                                            "This gelatin powder is made from farm-raised Telapia. It is a Type A gelatin of the highest quality. It is perfect for any recipe that calls for gelatin as well as for clarification. Note that fish gelatin has a lower gelling and melting point than gelatin produced from mammals (e.g. cow or pig skin)"

                                                                                            This is probably made from the skin and bones left over after processing the fish for fillets. And if makes any difference, Israel is one of the major producers of tilapia, and could well be the source of this gelatin.

                                                                                        2. paulj Jun 28, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                          Talk about 'straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel'. You buy a highly sweetened yogurt (23g sugar, 7g protein), and then complain that the 'luscious layer of peach passion fruit mousse' contains a bit of fish gelatin. Plain yogurt (and milk) is equal parts protein and lactose (sugar). So in this Muller cup, most that sugar (16g) is in the sweet topping.

                                                                                          If you don't want tilapia in your yogurt, then get the plain stuff and add your own sweetener.

                                                                                          Did you know that this is a Pepsico product?

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                                                                                            babbling_angel Jul 9, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                            I was surprised as well when I read the ingredients on my yogurt and that's why I googled it and found this blog. At first I was grossed out. Then I thought about what gelatin is really made of and think this is an acceptable alternative. Just think...many of us take fish oil pills everyday and eat plenty of foods with omega 3's in them. If you can't taste it and you're not allergic to it...then what's the big deal?

                                                                                            1. Ruth Lafler Jul 9, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                              It's really too bad that people have all these emotional reactions to various food sources.

                                                                                              If you don't want to eat any animal products at all, then that's your choice. Or if you don't want additives of any kind, from any source, that's your choice, too.

                                                                                              But the only real difference between eating cow hide or hooves and eating cow muscle (aka a nice steak) is the "squick" factor. If you can't tell and you like the product, what does it matter? Isn't it better to use all of the animals we kill for food, rather than just the socially or culturally acceptable parts?

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                                                                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                                sunshine842 Jul 9, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                er, no.

                                                                                                There's a whole list of flavor/texture/nutrients and other reasons why we eat the muscle fibre far more often than the bones and skin.

                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Jul 9, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                  But we're not talking about nutrients, we're talking about whether something is considered "edible" or not. For that matter, in addition to parts that can be made nutritious or can have nutrition extracted from them, there are lots of animal "by-products" that are nutritious that Americans won't eat simply because they're conditioned to think of them as "icky."

                                                                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                                    sunshine842 Jul 9, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                    You said, "But the only real difference between eating cow hide or hooves and eating cow muscle (aka a nice steak) is the "squick" factor. "

                                                                                                    hide and bones are not considered "edible" without significant processing of some sort.

                                                                                                    What other by-products are we turning up our collective nose at?

                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                      paulj Jul 9, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                      Extracting gelatin from cows foot takes no more processing than braising a brisket. Purifying it so it can be sold as flavorless sheets or powder does take more processing. But then so does clarifying a stock.

                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Jul 17, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                        Lots. Unless it's some fancy gourmet preparation, people turn up their noses at offal; people turn their noses up at cow lips and other non-muscle parts that go into things like hot dogs. How about tendons or pigs' ears? My point -- which you seem to be deliberately ignoring -- has nothing to do with nutrition. It's the fact that there's no reason why some parts of any animal should be more "icky" than others, unless you can actually taste it and it tastes bad to you!

                                                                                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                                          atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                          Super disgusting and should NOT be in yogurt. There is no need and no point. I am currently organizing a boycott of all Pepsico products until they find an alternative... Have a terrific day!

                                                                                                          1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                            ferret Jul 17, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                            Where did you think gelatin came from?

                                                                                                            1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                              paulj Jul 17, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                              I don't think the fish gelatin is in the yogurt itself. Rather it is in the fancy topping, the fruit mousse.

                                                                                                              Look at this mousse recipe. It contains gelatin.

                                                                                                              You don't have to avoid that brand or all yogurts. Just stay away from fancy flavors.

                                                                                                              1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                                Cathy Jul 17, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                Fish (rather than meat) gelatin is what makes this product (and others) kosher.

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                                                                                                      Hobbert Jul 9, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                      Who cares? Tilapia is food. It's not like they're sticking cat toe nail clippings in there. And this is the best yogurt I've ever had. So creamy and light!

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                                                                                                      1. re: Hobbert
                                                                                                        Chemicalkinetics Jul 18, 2013 04:40 AM

                                                                                                        Tilapia is perfectly fine for me. I am surprised that label the actual fish species as opposed to just saying: fish gelatin or fish oil or fish something. Must be something special about tilapia.

                                                                                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                                                                          Hobbert Jul 18, 2013 04:44 AM

                                                                                                          That's true. It makes sense to say fish is present for those with allergies but it is a bit surprising to specifically say tilapia.

                                                                                                          1. re: Hobbert
                                                                                                            DeppityDawg Jul 18, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                                                                            It's the law (in the US). See the last part of the citation I provided above:

                                                                                                            They're not allowed to just say "fish", "shellfish" or "tree nuts", they have to identify the species. In this case, the label says "tilapia (fish)", which I'm not sure is absolutely required, but is helpful for people who need to avoid fish but might not recognize "tilapia" as a kind of fish.

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                                                                                                        atexasmile Jul 17, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                        GROSS. Worst thing ever! Returned all that I bought. Need to let people know about this...

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                                                                                                        1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                          DeppityDawg Jul 17, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                          We're all counting on you to get the word out. Thank you for your efforts!

                                                                                                          1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                            paulj Jul 17, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                            Did you taste it? or just return it based on the label?

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                                                                                                              Cathy Jul 17, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                              It tastes very good. It's Kosher- no mixing of meat and dairy.

                                                                                                              1. re: Cathy
                                                                                                                atexasmile Jul 30, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                Kosher?? what a joke

                                                                                                                1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                                  Cathy Jul 30, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                  Look at the label. It specifically lists Kosher gelatin as an ingredient. At the bottom under possible allergens it lists fish.

                                                                                                                  1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                                    coney with everything Jul 31, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                    Why do you think that is a "joke"? Not hostile, just curious.

                                                                                                                2. re: paulj
                                                                                                                  atexasmile Jul 30, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                  Returned it. I do not eat fish...especially NOT in my yogurt

                                                                                                                  1. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                                    paulj Jul 31, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                    so why did you buy this yogurt in the first place? What yogurt did you buy instead?

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                                                                                                                Wanda2day Jul 20, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                I will bet it is the bones or some other gelatin making part of the fish. Seafood and seaweed products are used all the time as natural gelatins. ot to mention, their yogurt is freakin awesome!

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                                                                                                                  Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 20, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                  Tell me, is putting the fruit on top rather than the bottom a real contribution to mankind?
                                                                                                                  I suppose one reason for the the gelatin in the fruit - if that's where it is only, which I doubt is to keep the fruit from bleeding into the yoghurt.
                                                                                                                  I wouldn't buy anything with an unnatural umlaut (the dots) over the "U" as a bullshit avoidance measure.

                                                                                                                  I don't want to start on the sweet gelatined crap that passes as yoghurt in the USA and with the exception of some Astro products and the like in Canada. Also tasteless sour cream. All unpalatabe to me.
                                                                                                                  I get only Maslanka (Huslanka) which is a non sweetened , non gelled yoghurt - sour cream like product, 3.2%, MC Dairy ,or 2.9% Western Dairy but see below, and a good substitute for buttermilk. It tastes rich notwithstanding the low fat.
                                                                                                                  I am in Toronto, which has a large eastern European
                                                                                                                  Look for it in Polish or Russian stores.

                                                                                                                  The Arab and Indian yoghurts are good, but huge fat content. I like Maslanka just fine so no need to go there. except to try.
                                                                                                                  Liberte used to make a delicious- a dessert - yoghurt, but you paid the price in high fat. But what the hell, its dessert. The company has been sold, what is the product like now?

                                                                                                                  Sales of companies often turn their good products into crap. Gotta make those bumpkins we bought efficient!
                                                                                                                  It was a black day when McCains bought Old South orange juice
                                                                                                                  and then proceeded to give it that Maritime je ne sais quoi with cheaper Brazilian juice; Wendy's , Tim Horton's ( I still remember with dread a muffin I had in a diner in New Jersey, at least it hadn't been frozen); McCormick's Billy Bee honey (now with imported Argentine honey!).
                                                                                                                  You know what, I 'm going to start a thread.

                                                                                                                  P.S. I just found out. Liberte bought Western Dairy ( which at one time was Daiter's), then the whole thing was sold to Yoplait (fear and loathing ) which then got sold to General Mills. ( I think that I will go on a diet., or learn to cook , or something.)

                                                                                                                  I've got a feeling that Western doesn't make Maslanka anymore. I don't see it in Yummy Market north, which stocks every kind of yoghurt known to North American man in order to fill up too much shelf space and MC has gone way up in price. No competition, no price wars.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                    atexasmile Jul 30, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                    This Muller crap is from Quaker and hence, Pepsico...I have contacted all of them.

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                                                                                                                    Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 30, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                    Sunshine, you should have been explicit. Red food colouring is often made from bugs (that live in opuntia cactus). Consequently lots of stuff with red food colouring is not kosher.
                                                                                                                    How's that for yuck! Double yuck!

                                                                                                                    In the bug's defence, the chemical alternatives are reputed to be carcinogenic and their use has been reduced.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                      atexasmile Jul 30, 2013 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                      I have no idea what you are talking about...Never said a word about red food coloring....FISH. My issue is FISH in yogurt

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                                                                                                                        Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 30, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                        How do you feel about BUGS (that look like lice) in food coloured red?
                                                                                                                        I sincerely would be pleased if you started campaign to require full disclosure. The labels should say expressly," red colouring from bugs".

                                                                                                                        I suppose that you don't like a cream sauce on fish.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                          atexasmile Jul 31, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                          I DONT eat FISH

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                                                                                                                            sunshine842 Jul 31, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                            How about Chinese food? Fish sauce aplenty there.
                                                                                                                            Caesar salad? Anchovies.

                                                                                                                            The list goes on and on....

                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                              Vinnie Vidimangi Jul 31, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                              Worcestershire sauce, anyone?

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                                                                                                                                sunshine842 Jul 31, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                Yup. it's been one of those days, and Nuoc Mam and Caesar was all my wrecked-out little brain could manage...

                                                                                                                            2. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                                              ferret Aug 1, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                              Guess what? If you eat this yogurt you're still not eating fish. If you eat Jello or marshmallows do you believe you're eating cow/pig? It's so far removed from the original source that it can't in any way be compared to eating fish.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ferret
                                                                                                                                Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 1, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                Wouldn't it be fun to run a restaurant?

                                                                                                                              2. re: atexasmile
                                                                                                                                Cathy Aug 1, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                Yoplait yogurt lists Kosher gelatin as an ingredient. Do you eat that brand?

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                                                                                                                                  Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 1, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                  There is so much gelatin, of whatever source, and sugar in North American yoghurts that I stopped with it with exceptions.
                                                                                                                                  Yoplait ranks no better than with the worst. If this were the only yoghurt I knew I wouldn't eat yoghurt at all.

                                                                                                                                  In Canada I get Astro, but even better I get maslanka (huslanka), which is an Eastern European yoghurt like thing. Tart and clean tasting, no sugar, no gelatin. 3,25%. MC Dairy is good, whole milk fortified with skim powder. A good replacement for sour cream which has become high fat crap. Elite, whole milk only, tarter and thinner in taste. Western Dairy was good, 2.75%, same character as MC Dairy but a bit less body.
                                                                                                                                  But Yoplait bought Western and the product seems to have disappeared either with Yoplait or it own successor.
                                                                                                                                  Yoplait also bought Liberte which was a divine 7-8% dessert yoghurt . I understand that Liberte has gone downhill with its sale.
                                                                                                                                  Yoplait has been sold to some even bigger company.

                                                                                                                                  What gets me is how they can get away with charging so much for a fraction of a quart or liter of milk.

                                                                                                                                  The Indian and Arab yoghurts made for their communities are a lot better than the main market yoghurts but high fat. I always feel that I should eat only a very little of it; I like to eat a lot of yoghurt at at one time.

                                                                                                                                  Recipes for good homemade yoghurt anyone?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                                    paulj Aug 1, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    Isn't there only one recipe for homemade yogurt - heat the milk (to 180), cool (to 115), add started, and keep warm till ready.

                                                                                                                                    I heard, on last weeks Splendid Table, that using an 'heirloom starter' works better than commercial yogurt. The mix of bacteria strains is better adapted to reproducing itself time after time in the home environment.

                                                                                                                                    I wouldn't expect to see added sugar in a plain yogurt. Gelatin might be in plain yogurt, but only because customers expect a stiffer product. In the brand in question, the gelatin is part of the flavor topping, not an addition to the yogurt itself.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                                      ferret Aug 1, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                      First of all, that's an inaccurate and very broad generalization. You can easily find plain yogurt in stores made with nothing other than milk and cultures.

                                                                                                                                      Fage and Dannon's Oikos are two widely-distributed examples. The gelatin at issue here is in the fruit topping. So simple solution: buy plain yogurt and add whatever fruit you want. Some of the extra-premium yogurts (like Skyr) have fruit with nothing added (other than fruit pectin) but you're paying a lot extra for very little fruit (and less yogurt).

                                                                                                                                      1. re: ferret
                                                                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Aug 1, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                        I buy plain yogurt without additives and add homemade marmalade. Yum!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ferret
                                                                                                                                          paulj Aug 1, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                          Flavored yogurt can't be used for savory applications.

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                                                                                                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 1, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                            I find plain yoghurt too, Astro, at a relatively reasonable price.
                                                                                                                                            I know there is yoghurt for over $5 for 750ml (3/4 quart) but I think the price is ridiculous so I don't look at them. The ones I have looked at in the past have contained gelatin.

                                                                                                                                            Where do you get the right bugs? I have tried taking from the previous container as a starter but it didn't work out.

                                                                                                                                            What did I do wrong? I am looking for a recipe /method.

                                                                                                                                            Why is yoghurt so expensive?

                                                                                                                                            P.S. -from another thread
                                                                                                                                            Prices for Fage Yogurt
                                                                                                                                            I was just wondering what prices other people are paying for the 500 g size of Fage unflavored yogurt, at any fat percentage. I currently pay about $7.50, for the 2%, at Bristol Farms in L.A., but since I like to eat it everyday, I was wondering if it's signifcantly cheaper at any other retailers? I am also interested in what it costs in other parts of the country. TIA

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Aug 1, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                              I truly cannot wrap my head around why yogurt is so expensive -- it's just milk, and a spoonful of yogurt, and some time. Nothing more!

                                                                                                                                              You can buy freeze-dried starter on Amazon, King Arthur Flour (they have an extensive catalog of kitchen things you didn't know you needed), or at your local health-/natural-foods store.

                                                                                                                                              If I don't use a purchased starter, I either use Stonyfield plain unsweetened (organic and has more strains of live cultures than most other easily-obtainable brands) or a couple of spoonsful from the last batch. It hasn't happened to me, but I see posts from people who say their yogurt get too tangy when you've used your own yogurt over and over again -- ymmv.

                                                                                                                                              There's a whole thread here on Chowhound devoted to making Fage-type yogurts at home. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/567084

                                                                                                                                              I have a Eurocuisine electric yogurt maker -- yogurt makers are basically low-temperature hot plates. Mine came with 8 glass jars with plastic tops, and the jars sit on a small round plate -- then there's a clear plastic cover that helps hold the
                                                                                                                                              heat in during incubation.

                                                                                                                                              This is a good site: http://www.makeyourownyogurt.com/ - it discusses several ways to make yogurt without a yogurt maker. I've done it on the proof cycle of my oven on a day when I was puttering around the house with great results.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                                Ruth Lafler Aug 2, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                Making true Greek-style strained yogurts (like Fage) is quite expensive -- you only get about a third of the volume of the milk you started with. So to make a quart of yogurt you need almost a gallon of milk. I tried it, it's not cost-effective.

                                                                                                                                                Fage is currently under $5/500 ml at Costco.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                                                                                  Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 2, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Routh, Where do you live and how much is whole milk, in the cheapest pack, which I assume is four quarts?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Aug 5, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I'd guess it's around $4/gallon here in the SF Bay Area -- I don't know how much "the cheapest" is because I never buy as much as a gallon and usually buy organic. But the point isn't whether it's cheaper, it's whether it's enough cheaper to make it worthwhile to take the time to culture it and go through the straining process. At less than a dollar, it isn't (to me). If what I made at home was *better* as well as cheaper, then it would be worth it, but I'm perfectly happy with Fage. YMMV.

                                                                                                                                                    The main point of my response to sunshine842 who "couldn't wrap her mind around" why yogurt is expensive since it's just milk and cultures is that making Greek yogurt is expensive because the yield for the amount of milk used is small.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                                                                                                      Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 5, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                      It sounds like about $1.25 retail of milk turns into $5 of Fage- like yoghurt. I still feel Greeked.

                                                                                                                                                      I think that most yoghurts are one to one and the creaminess comes from thickeners and gelatin. In Canada the fancy labels are still north of $5 for 500ml. And then I have to start looking for added sugar.

                                                                                                                                                      Astro brand is priced better, particularly if you find it on sale. But it is still at least three times on sale.

                                                                                                                                                      Apologies for the typo in your name, Ruth.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Aug 5, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                        No, it takes almost a gallon ($4) of milk to make $5 of Fage. True Greek-style yogurt is thick because most of the whey has been drained out, not because there are thickeners and gelatin. If it has anything other than cultures and milk, you're right, it's not worth it.

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                                                                                                                                                        sunshine842 Aug 5, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                        it's more expensive than the requisite amount of milk. And culture. and packaging.

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                                                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Aug 5, 2013 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                          So? All foods that require processing are more expensive than their ingredients! Why is Italian pasta so expensive when it's just flour?

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                                                                                                                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 5, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                            In part because of the BS factor. Also, price varies with the store.
                                                                                                                                                            I have pretty good luck with Turkish pasta and it is much cheaper.

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                                                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Aug 6, 2013 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                              because it's not just flour....and there's things like taxes and duties and freight and packaging....the flour represents only a fraction of the total cost of importing a product made in Italy.

                                                                                                                                                              and yes, Italian pasta is priced by hype, just like Greek yogurt.

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                                                                                                                                                sunshine842 Aug 1, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                Yogurt is ridiculously easy -- even if you don't own a yogurt maker.

                                                                                                                                                I can't stand gelatin in my yogurt, either -- I like the texture of yogurt just like it is! If I want to eat something firm, I make custard or gelatin.

                                                                                                                                                I make my own plain unsweetened yogurt -- I usually start it with a couple of spoonsful of the last batch.

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                                                                                                                                      sharmaine73 Sep 10, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      OK, I was just in the middle of eating this when I decided to Google it because I had never heard of this yogurt before. It is delicious. Then mid spoon full I read your comment about the tilapia. I'll be darned. It's the very last ingredient. I didn't believe you until I saw it myself. I bet tilapia or odd animal bits are used in all sorts of things and just not listed. Anyway, it doesn't taste like fish, that's for sure. it tastes delicious! it's my new favorite yogurt. hands down. It definitely tastes like the yogurt and ice cream I ate when I was in Europe and I liked it better.

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                                                                                                                                        molizzax Oct 7, 2013 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                        IDC what anyone says about this yogurt; my kids love it, I love it and its fucking awesome. End of story. Just because they use Talapia for the gelatin doesn't mean that it's not a quality product. Hell at least they were honest about it. Although, initially like everyone else I was shocked that it contained fish, but I wasn't displeased by it. First of all- If you are an adventurous eater; then you most likely have tried this product. Two- If you are an adventurous eater and have tried this product the fact that a bland, and direly boring fish was introduced to the ingredients to save the poor ponies in the Ukraine from dismemberment you should be happy. If you're not an adventurous eater and bought this by accident then... good for you! Eat it anyway. I'm glad that gelatin has been farm raised. Don't be silly people. One taste of the lemon Muller and you will realize the infinite possibilities of farm raised Talapia.

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                                                                                                                                          mcf Oct 8, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                          The conditions at tilapia farms are pretty notoriously disgusting and polluted. But your body, your science experiment. I don't want tilpia on my dinner plate or in my yogurt.

                                                                                                                                          But that's not the only reason I wouldn't eat the product or foist it on an innocent child. It gets most of its calories from sugar and has lots of junk one doesn't find in a wholesome yogurt.

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                                                                                                                                            Vidute Oct 11, 2013 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                            The infinite possibilities of farm-raised tilapia (china supplies 70% of the world)...let's see.......fish living in filthy, overcrowded tanks... fed feces from pigs, geese, chicken...fed USA-unapproved, carcinogenic antibotics such as malachite green, nitrofurans, fluoroquinolones, and gentian violet ...sources of salmonella...low levels omega 3 and high level omega 6....

                                                                                                                                            I think I'll pass.



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                                                                                                                                              JudiAU Jan 5, 2014 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                              And let's not forget honey pots.

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                                                                                                                                            youareabunny Oct 12, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                            Don't forget isinglass in heineken.

                                                                                                                                            And I'm not sure that cow gelatin is much cleaner. Unless you get the organic, free range happy cow brand. But odds are yogurt with cow gelatin just uses the cheapest stuff

                                                                                                                                            And I don't eat yogurt with gelatin, either.

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