Below is a post from one of Dr. Shannon’s blogs “Crisco, Etc.”. We wanted to share with you more of the story behind the new product as well as the response Crisco provided when Dr. Shannon wrote and asked about the addition of some ugly ingredients:
When I began this blog, Crisco was a positive thing and for many years had been a very inexpensive skin cream with multiple uses.
While in Mission Hospital for 44 days, I contacted Heather Hamilton, a mother of patients and the founder of Zoe Organics skin product company.
I asked her if there was something she could add to Crisco to make it smell better. After about a week she emailed that she didn’t think I wanted to continue to use Crisco, because a butane derivative called TBHQ had been added to Crisco. I emailed the Crisco website to ask them when they had added TBHQ to their product and received the following answer:
Dear Mr. Shannon,
Thank you for contacting Crisco®. We are always pleased to hear from consumers who enjoy our products.
In response to your inquiry, Crisco Shortening was reformulated to contain zero grams trans fat per serving. The reformulation includes many of the same ingredients as the previous formula; we have reduced the level of the partially hydrogenated soybean oil and added several ingredients, including TBHQ, required to maintain the superior taste and high performance requirements consumers expect from Crisco. TBHQ is an antioxidant approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is used commonly used in food products. It was added in 2006. . . .
Consumer Relations Representative
So Crisco and Smucker’s, who owns them, have decided that adding a butane derivative is better for them because they can use less soybeans and it will last longer. They have done this without considering the future of our children, and for that reason, Crisco becomes a thing of the past and one of the many examples of companies that make changes in their products for financial reasons and not for our long-term health.
Since we no longer have Crisco, I asked Heather if she could create a new totally organic product that we could use in it’s place. She has created such a product using totally organic ingredients, which contains antioxidants, vitamins A, E and D and omega fatty acids. We are currently in the process of preparing this product for marketing and hope to have it available before the end of February. I will post a notice blog when we are ready to go!
Since writing this post over at the Crisco, Etc. blog, we launched our website and the Crisco replacement, Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm, is available for purchase! Have you tried it?