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September 15, 1934

Committee on Foods

JAMA. 1934;103(11):838-839. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750370042013

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FONTANA'S MUSHROOM GRAVY  The Fontana Food Products Company of San Francisco submitted to the Committee a product called "Fontana's Mushroom Gravy" prepared from tomato purée, water, olive oil, onions, meat (United States government inspected and passed), white wine, celery, flour, salt, carrots, dried French mushrooms, sugar, parsley, butter, pepper, garlic, rosemary and bay leaf.Analysis (submitted by manufacturer).— per cent Moisture. 85.1 Ash. 2.5 Sodium chloride. 2.0 Fat (ether extract). 2.6 Protein (N × 6.25). 2.5 Crude fiber. 0.6 Carbohydrates other than crude fiber (by difference) 6.7

Discussion of Label and Name.—  The name "Mushroom Gravy" implies that mushrooms are the principal ingredient, giving the product the food and flavor values of mushrooms, whereas they are present in insignificant quantity only. Food names should truthfully and appropriately identify the nature or ingredients of foods. The label statement "Choice mushrooms, meat, ripe tomatoes, pure olive oil, vegetables and spices" incompletely lists the ingredients and,

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