1835: The year ketchup was considered a medicine and was sold as tomato pills to help cure illnesses such as diarrhea, jaundice, indigestion, rheumatism, the flu, headaches, and more. Sadly, the tomato pill market collapsed in 1840 due to many of the ketchup pills being fraudulent – some used laxatives in the pills instead of tomatoes.
2012: The year bottles of red gold began to explode in a New Jersey warehouse. Turns out, the company that owned the warehouse purchased regular Heinz, and then re-bottled it fraudulently as premium fructose-less Simply Heinz Ketchup for a 12.5 percent profit. Unfortunately, their plan was foiled by the fermentation of the sugars, which, when combined with heat, combusted and left them red-handed.
Even Cats like our Catsup!: Del Monte’s jingle. This jingle drew a lawsuit from one customer who overfed it to her cat causing it to have stomach problems and hair with an unnatural red-orange glow. The lawsuit ended after weeks of litigation with a million-dollar settlement and two years of free hair dying for the cat.
Salt: A single teaspoon of Ketchup contains almost 10 percent of the daily maximum recommended value of sodium.
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