French's Mustard and the French
French’s Mustard Calls the French People “Yellow”–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A statement represented as being from the French’s Mustard Company says the product is not made in France and that the only thing they have in common with the French is that they are both yellow.
The folks at French’s Mustard did not call the French people yellow.
That’s the work of a prankster.
Because of American displeasure with France for not supporting the United States in the United Nations or in the war with Iraq in 2003, however, the French’s company did issue a press release clarifying that its product is not made in France.
The release said “There is nothing more American than French’s Mustard” which is made by the R.T. French company.
The release was issued through an office in New Jersey.
The R.T. French company is owned by Reckitt Benckiser PLC, a British Company.
Last updated 4/15/03
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
The makers of French’s Mustard may have made the following recent statement:
“We at the French’s Company wish to put an end to statements that our
product is manufactured in France. There is no relationship, nor has there
ever been a relationship, between our mustard and the country of France.
Indeed, our mustard in manufactured in Rochester, NY. The only thing we have
in common is that we are both yellow”.