"Food Babe" Slams Pizza Chains for Using MSG, Approves Pizza Fusion as Safe Choice
Hari goes on to list hydrolyzed protein and corn, hydrogenated oils, nitrates, modified food starch and even butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) among the many alarming ingredients used to make some of America's favorite slices. At the end of her investigation, Hari names only three pizza companies she would endorse for using clean ingredients: Truly Organic Pizza in Naples, North Carolina's Pure Pizza and Boca-based Pizza Fusion.
Pizza Fusion Pizza Fusion does not contain any MSG, while meat is antibiotic- and hormone-free and most vegetables are locally and organically-sourced.
Attempts by Clean Plate Charlie to contact a Mellow Mushroom spokesperson were unsuccessful.
In a recent interview with Clean Plate Charlie, Pizza Fusion founder and CEO Vaughan Dugan said, "Our food landscape is evolving, and I'm excited to help influence that change. People from all walks of life are concerned about the quality and origin of their food, and our mission fulfills that need for cleaner, fresher and better options."
Dugan's Pizza Fusion franchise restaurants, which total 23 U.S. locations, received Hari's approval because their dough ingredients include organic wheat, water and organic olive oil. In addition, all meat toppings are hormone- and antibiotic-free, while most of the vegetables are both organic and locally-sourced. Occasionally, farmers and suppliers are unable to meet the company's needs due to a shortage of an item, or it being out of season. In that case, menus reflect the temporary change so customers can make informed choices.
"It makes us all very proud to be serving such a great quality product that people can truly trust," said Dugan. "But we can't take all the credit for the accolades. There are so many amazing pizza restaurants around the country serving good, clean food. You just have to ask the right questions, and don't settle for anything less."
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