Doing some cheese research, I came across an “Import Refusal Report” that was pretty gross. However, I came across a word that is perfect to describe certain cheese manufacturing conditions.

Violation Code Section Charge Statement
FILTHY 402(a)(3), 801(a)(3); ADULTERATION The article appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food.

MFR INSAN 801(a)(1); INSANITARY MANUFACTURING, PROCESSING OR PACKING The article appears to have been manufactured, processed, or packed under insanitary conditions.

Now, I looked it up, and it appears “insanitary” is a real word (so is “unsanitary”, the word I thought was being misspelled when I first read this). It means, unsurprisingly, “so dirty or germ-ridden as to be a danger to health”. However, I really like it as a description of the manufacturing process of a small minority of food producers who don’t seem to get basic food safety issues. As in, your sense of sanitation is INSANE!”

3 responses to “INSANITARY

  1. hey you! i found you through your article on fair food fight…
    but, about…. 6 years ago… (i believe) when i was living in michigan, you sent me a cheese button! i was reading your blog way back yonder and i was a huge fan of the co-op you were working at and i came out to SF often, to visit my friend who was studying film at SFSU at the time. anyhow, i just couldnt believe that after all these years, gordonzola is still going.
    i cant tell you how thrilled i am. i am a fan. now i just need to read your book.
    i just wanted to stop by to say “hello,” again.

  2. i believe it was orangesarefree, maybe ilovelemonade. sigh. so long ago.

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