Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know just how hot zombies are right now. Movies and books have had a cult following for years, but with the success of AMC’s television adaptation of “The Walking Dead,” geeks have officially hit the mainstream. The walking dead are turning up on tee shirts, on greeting cards, in college courses, and in (pseudo-)classic fiction. They’re even trending on Twitter. And now you can even get zombie-themed snacks. A Los Angeles-based maker of novelty foods called Harcos Laboratories has released a line of beef jerky for zombies and zombie lovers—after a brief battle with the USDA over the snack’s labeling.
Zombie jerky is not actually made from zombies, and that seems to have been part of the problem, according to the USDA. The USDA took issue with statements on the snack’s packaging that suggested the meat came from “naturally occurring zombies,” and that ingesting it wouldn’t “turn you into a zombie.” In addition to those phrases, it also took issue with claims that the food was “mutagen free” and included a “biohazard” label, since it is designed to be consumed by humans.
The president of Harcos Labs, Aaron Rasmussen, insists that the USDA reviewers were very professional and good sports about the whole ordeal, though. Supposedly they didn’t even blink when presented with the green-colored jerky. They just insisted that Harcos Labs not use the word “slimy” when describing the product.
It took two months for Rasmussen and crew to finally work through all of the snags with the labeling, and now the jerky is officially up for sale. Zombie Jerky can be bought online through Harcos Labs’ website, and at Hot Topic stores.
Image by Harcos Labs.
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