They say food tastes better if you put a little love into preparing it, but the MA bakery that was chastised for listing "love" as an ingredient evidently has more serious issues than labeling on its hands.
It's a lesson that the Nashoba Brook Bakery, LLC. in MA learned the hard way - with a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration.
Nashoba Brook isn't giving up on its granola, which is sold in around 120 stores in New England.
Of course, there are multiple good reasons one might want "Love" listed if it is indeed an ingredient in the production of Nashoba Granola.
Besides citing the bakery for mislabeling in its ingredients, the FDA noted numerous other code violations in their letter, including a single, unspecified one-inch-long "crawling insect" in the pastry area.
It's unclear if the company will continue listing "love" as an ingredient in the future, or whether or not it will face any penalties.
The company said it plans to comply with all of the FDA's recommendations, Bloomberg reported.
John Gates, the bakery's chief executive and co-owner, told the Boston Globe that he will abide by the FDA warnings but found the demand to remove "love" as an ingredient from his products' labels to be a waste of time. "It makes it something that people can smile at".
"I really like that we list "love" in the granola", Gates said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday.
The co-owner of a MA bakery that the government has told to remove "love" from its list of granola ingredients says he doesn't understand why the company is being asking to make the change after almost two decades.