A video of a citrus turkey that was washed ashore in Orange County on Sunday has sparked a social media backlash after it was tagged as the state’s “saltiest” and “best”.
The video, which was uploaded to Instagram, has since been shared more than 8,000 times and garnered more than 12,000 comments.
It has also been shared by other social media users.
“Citrus turkey is the saltiest thing on the planet.
The saltiest of all,” wrote one person on the Facebook page for the Orange County-based California Citrus Growers Association.
“Its best to not eat it because you can get sick,” said another.
“No salt in your turkey,” said one user.
“I can’t believe that saltiness is what they call it,” said a third.
“They’re not supposed to be salty,” said the fourth.
“It’s a joke,” wrote a fifth.
“This is what you get for eating the state of California’s saltiest turkey,” wrote another.
Citrus growers have raised concerns about the saltiness of the turkey’s salt, but the industry’s representatives have also defended the product.
“When you are using a commercial product to market a food product, that is an inherently different thing from the commercial product being marketed for a specific consumer,” said Andrew Lohman, a spokesperson for the California Citrual Growers Assn.
“There is a difference.”
But one consumer group that has been fighting to have the salt removed from the turkey says the industry is overstating the product’s saltiness.
“You can see that the salt content of the salt is quite high,” said Julie Smith, director of communications for the American Sugar Council.
“What’s really troubling to us is that there are products that we know that are much, much better than this.”
Smith says the association is calling on the state Department of Food and Agriculture to require that all commercial products include a disclaimer on the package or on the bottle that it contains “sodium chloride”.
“They’ve got to go back to the drawing board and ask themselves what they’re saying,” Smith said.
The Salt in Citrus season is June through October and can range from 1.6 milligrams per kilogram of body weight to more than 6.8 milligram per kilo of body mass.
It is also said to have an impact on human health.
Citruals are a family of plants that can grow up to 1.3 metres tall and grow as tall as a house.
The fruit is a fruit of the genus Citrus and can be used as a salad dressing, salsa, condiment, pickles, sauces, pies and other dishes.
The citrus season lasts from June to September.
The industry also produces other foods, such as citrus oil, sugarcane and cane juice.