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Hungry? Lawmakers get taste of 'food loaf'



This is one lunch lawmakers didn't expect. A week ago, the Senate Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee asked the Department of Corrections about "food loafs," the indeterminate food product given to misbehaving inmates or those on special diets. State Sen. Arthenia Joyner questioned it's nutritional value.

So this week DOC's Richard Prudom brought two loaves for the committee to sample. "Are you going to share the loaf?" Joyner asked committee Chairman Sen. Victor Crist, as the paper bag sat in front of him and its odor began permeating the room.

As he passed it around, Sen. Frederica Wilson asked: "What's in it?"

Crist responded: "I'll let you figure it out."

After taking a sniff, Joyner wasn't keen. "I smelled it, and I wasn't happy," she said. "I haven't decided if I'm going to try it."

Want to know the ingredients so you can eat like an inmate?

The ingredients: canned carrots, canned spinach, dried beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, water, dried grits and rolled oats.

It's baked at 325 degrees for 40 minutes and it produces a 1-1/2 pound loaf.

It's per-day nutritional value (from three loaves a day) is 3,250 calories, 121 grams of protein, 78 grams of fat and 540 grams of cholesterol.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:18pm]


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