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Aug 17, 2012 11:14 PM

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

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"?!!

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

      11 Replies
        1. re: atexasmile

          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.

          1. re: ferret

            fish, fish gelatin. no damn difference. who would even think to look to see if their yogurt had fish in it? Ridiculous and gross. I am alerting the world. Disgusting.

            1. re: atexasmile

              you do realize that fish gelatin bears no more resemblance to a fish filet than non-fish gelatin bears to horse or cow hooves, right?

              (I'm still puzzled that you have no issue with animal-based gelatin but have a near freak-out over fish gelatin)

              1. re: sunshine842

                Some posters are worried about the tillapia itself, having read claims about unsanitary raising practices. I suspect this kosher gelatin comes from Israeli sources. Not that tillapia ponds in Israel are any better, or worse, than ones in the USA, China or Vietnam.

                Those same posters probably have never made stock from feet - cows, pigs or chickens.

                I can understand vegetarians wanting to stay away from this style of flavored yogurt. For others, it's more of a squeamishness by association, akin to the usual reason for avoiding tongue and tripe.

                1. re: paulj

                  but again -- it's a derivative, not a chunk of actual fish.

                  By the time it's processed enough to produce gelatin I'm pretty skeptical that there'd be really much of anything left that would cause a concern, especially given the comparatively small amount of gelatin added to each cup.

                  Tongue and tripe have their own flavor and texture, but are absolutely recognizable as a product that came from an animal.

                  A small amount of a crystallized powder, not so much.

                  1. re: paulj

                    When you're eating tongue and tripe, you know you're eating tongue and tripe. Tripe has a good amount of collagen, so it likely could be used for gelatin. In any case, few people would want to nibble an animal hoof that's been sitting in poop for the animal's lifetime, but nobody seems to mind eating a marshmallow.

                    1. re: ferret

                      But I was thinking of the people who won't even try meats like this because of the 'yuky' associations. Maybe there are better examples.

                      1. re: paulj

                        The hoof example is the right one. Which begs the question as to why they don't label beef/pork gelatin as to its source?

                        1. re: ferret

                          The "contains" warning is targeted specifically at people with food allergies, not for all and sundry food restrictions like vegetarianism or religious dietary restrictions or personal preferences like "I think beef/pork/XYZ is yucky". For these types of restrictions, there may be other sorts of discretionary labeling elsewhere on the packaging, or people who have those sorts of restrictions are just responsible for interpreting the ingredients list for themselves. The (US) government can't force food packagers to declare every conceivable detail about where their ingredients come from and how they are processed.

                          For the moment the FDA only requires these 8 major food allergens to be identified in the "contains" warning:
                          milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans

                          See here, for example:

                          1. re: DeppityDawg

                            From the fda page:

                            "Will the ingredient list be specific about what type of tree nut, fish, or shellfish is in the product?
                            FALCPA requires the type of tree nut (e.g., almonds, pecans, walnuts); the type of fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod); and the type of Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp) to be declared."

        2. 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

            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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: kubasd

                    + a lot more. This is just bizarre!

            2. re: meatn3

              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

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

              Fish might sound better.

              1. 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.