A flavorant from the butt of beavers underwent a safety assessment: “Safety Assessment of Castoreum Extract as a Food Ingredient,” Ge0rge A. Burdock [pictured here], International Journal of Toxicology, vol. 26, no. 1, 2007, pp. 51-55. The author, of the Burdock Group, Washington, DC, explains: “Castoreum extract (CAS NO. 8023–83–4; FEMA NO. 2261) is a […]
Meat, following vanilla, from dung
Hearing about unexpected things, people used to say, “How do they think up these things? There must be something in the water….” The Digital Trends web site, among others (see video, below), reports that a scientist has devised a way to make meat, of a sort, from feces: Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama […]
Yamamoto on vanillin from cow dung
2007 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Mayu Yamamoto explains (at the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT, two days after the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony) how she extracted vanillin from cow dung. She then skillfully answers questions from the audience.