When Your Food Has Soil In It

Redditor rddikulus was a bit surprised at reading the ingredients in this jar of vegetable spread at the supermarket. The third ingredient listed is soil! Is this a new thing in food manufacturing? Maybe a nod to its organic content? Or are they just covering up the fact that they don't wash the vegetables?

The answer turns out to be a matter of either misspelling or trying to save room on the label. If you look at the French version, the third ingredient is "huile de tournesoul," which is sunflower oil. Why they thought it would be okay to abbreviate that to "soil" is anyone's guess. A Google search turned up no evidence that this is a common short version of sunflower oil.

See? It pays to learn a second language.

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