If you’ve logged into TikTok or Twitter this week, you’ve probably seen people talking about something called “Pink Sauce”. No, it’s not a file macaroni Made with cream and tomatoes, but instead a condiment made by a TikTok user named Chef. A bright pink Pepto Bismol-style, Chef.Pii markets it in tacos, wings, egg rolls, salads, and more. There’s a cool design on the bottle that looks like the Victoria’s Secret Pink logo, and she’s shipping it everywhere. the problem? Kind of everything.
Sauce consumers are reporting all kinds of problems, from Misleading nutritional informationAnd the bomb exploded, rotten smell, varying degrees of the sauce itself. The chef herself posted videos of her preparing it without gloves.
It doesn’t look like a kid, but we wouldn’t eat it.
On TikTok on Wednesday, Chef.Pii addressed some of the concerns raised about the sauce, saying that the sauce was still being lab-tested, that it was following “Food and Drug Administration standards,” and that the misleading nutritional label would no longer be shipped.
One brave Twitter user tried to find out the actual ingredients, in a series starting here.
Once the negative reviews started pouring in, people were stunned by the like nature of the whole thing. It’s a rather gross look, no one knew what the actual ingredients were, and a confident and charismatic chef wouldn’t stop posting through it. It’s a great storm of internet drama, but pink sauce will probably make you pretty sick.
In a statement to the Daily Dot, Pii said “I think when you’re great, you can’t go wrong, but, I mean, yeah. My team works quickly to fix issues,” said Pii. Observer has tried to reach Pii herself, but as of press time Several calls were made, and only screeching sounds could be heard in the background before the call dropped.
Pink sauce has also raised concerns among food safety experts. “As a product in general, it appears to be very risky,” said Benjamin Chapman, a professor who specializes in food safety at North Carolina State University. Two factors that are important from a safety standpoint, he said, are the pH and water activity of the sauce.
“The pathogens that make us sick don’t like acidic environments and like to have a lot of water,” said Chapman, who ordered pink sauce himself in order to test for these elements in the product. “Eating dragon fruit, sunflower seed oil, and garlic that looks raw without really being acidified has a lot of potential for the growth of very harmful bacteria.”
Chapman also raised concerns about product labeling, which includes a disclaimer that reads “Not FDA Approved.” He said products brought into commerce are still regulated by local state laws. “The manufacturer does not fully understand the terminology. This statement does not excuse you.”
Pink sauce isn’t the only food product that a TikTok user created and went viral for the wrong reasons. On June 13, TikTok user Deva Tillis posted a video complaining about a “hot pot” containing lobster and eggs she had ordered from a small business on the platform. The bowl took nine days to ship to Teles’ address, and the fish was rotten upon arrival.
In another video on TikTok, Telles explained that the product was falsely advertised as being shipped with dry ice to preserve seafood, and revealed that she only received a partial refund. Other food products from the creators of TikTok, such as sunflower seed pickle soup, have also gained traction on social media.
According to Chapman, small businesses selling unregulated foods online is nothing new. “It is not a TikTok phenomenon. But what is different is that TikTok is very good at small consumption and making things widely.” “Just because it’s on TikTok, doesn’t mean it’s safe.”
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