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From 15 January 2008 Issue
Kraft's Hearty Cheddar
By Robert Cohen
Does Kraft care that a bacterium they add to their new
cheddar cheese product (lactobacillus rhamnosus) has
been identified by scientists as a biological agent
which causes endocarditis, an infection of the inner
valves of the human heart? Nah---why should Kraft care?
Who could possibly find out? Well...perhaps readers of
the daily Notmilk letter, that's who.
Kraft has more than 90,000 employees. Is it possible that
not one of them is aware of this terrible secret which the
Notmilkman discovered yesterday after hours of painstaking
research? Sure, it's possible.
Is it possible that an asteroid will strike earth this
week and end all life as we know it? Sure, that's
Is it even possible that President Ron Paul will appoint
Congressman Dennis Kucinich as his secretary of Defense
and nominate Hillary Clinton to be the next supreme court
justice? Sure, why not.
Is it possible that Roger Clemens did not use steroid
hormones? OK...let's not push it.
In 2001, a group of Greek researchers (Avlami, et.al.)
published their amazing discovery in the Journal of the
Infection (J. Infect. 42 (4): 283-5). These scientists
learned that the same bacteria Kraft adds to probiotic
cheddar cheese also can cause heart disease.
Kraft's new cheese product, Kraft LiveActive, also has
the potential to infect consumers with mycobacterium
paratuberculosis just as other dairy products have
Kraft Foods is America's second-largest dairy distributor.
Dean Foods is #1. In 2007, Kraft's revenues exceeded $34
billion. That's an average yearly sale of $113 for each
Kraft's new LiveActive contains two teeming bacterial cultures
(bifidobacterium lactis & lactobacillus rhamnosus), which are
similar to the living microscopic organisms added to yogurt
by the Dannon Company.
Kraft Foods has borrowed Dannon's playbook by adding bacteria
to cheddar cheese. Unfortunately, they did not practice their
new trick play before sponsoring last week's traditional
New Year's day Mozzarella football Bowl played in Green Bay,
Wisconsin, between the worst team in the Big Ten (Minnesota 0-7)
versus the worst team in the Ivy League (Columbia 0-7). The
4am game was watched by 17 fans (half Minnesota, half Columbia).
The contest ended in a 2-2 tie.
Should you be unfortunate enough to develop a heart valve
condition after eating Kraft's bacterial-cheddar, find yourself
a good attorney and capture a big slice of their $34-billion
The evidence is in.
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