Soy is everywhere. I think that’s pretty well known by just about everyone reading reading this…
Today I went to the supermarket (Woolworths) and was about to buy some Crisco sunflower oil. I was intending to do some shallow frying with it, but before going with the sunflower kind I examined which would be best for this purpose.
It appeared that the Vegetable oil would be a good pick.
But wait a minute! Doesn’t generic “Vegetable oil” normally include soybean oil?
Based on the ingredients, it appeared not so. However, I remained suspicious that something strange was up. After all, it did seem too good to be true.
So without further adieu, I called the Goodman Fielder (the company in charge of Country Life Bakery, which last year added soy flour to their gluten free bread, ugh…) customer service line.
Upon enquiring about the oil’s soy content, I was advised that what is used in the makeup of the vegetable oil is proprietary. They did mention that the oil in bottle I was looking at may include soy oil and then hung up on me when I questioned the integrity of their product and labelling compliance.
I don’t know what it is. I really don’t. What gets into the minds of these corporations is beyond my understanding. As frustrating as it is, if GF wants to load up all their gluten free and regular breads with soy flour (ironically making soy free bread harder to locate than gf bread), then so be it. But after today’s falling out over a potentially serious possible mislabelling, my respect for this company has diminished like nothing before.
So to all of my fellow soy avoiders, stay away from the Crisco Vegetable Oil or better yet… Maybe consider boycotting Goodman Fielder altogether because to me they seem far more hooked on soy than customer service and more importantly customer safety.