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Heinz ketchup can't be called ketchup in Israel.
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Would a ketchup by any other name still taste as sweet? Probably.

Legally, in Israel, Heinz ketchup must now be called 'tomato seasoning' because it straight up doesn't have enough tomato in it to be called an actual ketchup product. Gross.

As Mashable reports;

After a complaint levied by local competitor Osem, the Health Ministry agreed that since Heinz does not contain at least 10% tomato solids, it can't legally be called ketchup.

However, Osem's victory may be shortlived. Haaretz reports that Heinz's local importer, Diplomat, is working with the Health Ministry to legally change the definition of ketchup from containing 10% to 6% tomato solids. In the meantime, English labels may still retain the term "ketchup."

This paired with a recent outcry over the lack of actual almonds in almond milk signals a rise in consumer awareness.



Heinz better put some more tomato in their ketchup stat, or face some kind of seasoning stigma and be thought a lesser product.

Would you eat some tomato seasoning with your fries?

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Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, took an innocent selfie with some of her fellow competitors on January 11 and posted it to Instagram. Little did she know this would start a firestorm of epic proportions throughout the Middle East.

Because that is the type of world we live in now.

The issue here is that- along with Miss Slovenia, and Miss Japan – Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is also in the photo. And her country is not very happy about it, since they consider Israel to be an enemy state (they are technically still at war).

According to Lebanon's The Daily Star, some citizens want her to be stripped of her crown for such an atrocity.

"You could have avoided mingling with the Israeli contestant like previous Lebanese contestants have done throughout the years. And if you were harassed like you say, you could have at least avoided the huge smile [we see] on your face," wrote one critic on Twitter.

Matalon thinks the the whole thing is absurd.

"It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad," she wrote on Instagram. "Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime that we can meet girls from around the world and also from the neighboring country."

Miss Lebanon is taking a different approach to the outcry by both apologizing and denying any responsibility for the photo. In a re-post of the photo on Instagram (with Miss Israel cropped out) Greige says Matalon jumped in to take the shot last minute.

"Since the first day of my arrival to participate to [Miss Universe], I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with [Miss Israel], who tried several times to take a photo with me," she wrote.

The Miss Universe pageant issued the following statement in response to the controversy:

"It is unfortunate to know a photo of four smiling women from different parts of the world, working together at an event, could be misconstrued as anything other than what it is, a celebration of universal friendship, which the Miss Universe pageant is all about."

Thanks to this incident, the competition which airs on January 25, will likely have a much bigger audience.

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If you've been following the news coverage of the Israeli Defense Forces' Operation "Pillar of Cloud" in Gaza, you probably heard about something called "Iron Dome," as seen in this recently uploaded video that's been making the rounds in the news. Iron Dome is the Israeli military's mobile air defense system designed to track, intercept and destroy short-range rockets or artillery shells launched from distances as far as 43 mi

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As expected, a fog of war is looming over the Gaza Strip (and on Twitter) following the Israeli Defense Force's air strikes yesterday that killed the Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari and Hamas' retaliatory missile attacks overnight. As of 5:30pm (ET) today, three Israelis and 19 Palestinians have been confirmed as casualties of the hostile exchange, during which 250 target sites were struck by the IDF and 274 rocket missiles were launched by Hamas militants. The toll is expected to rise

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Palestine's Islamist group Hamas took a serious blow to its leadership today after a series of Israeli military air strikes killed Ahmed al-Jabari, the commander of Hamas' military wing. The military operation in Gaza was largely launched in response to the recent wave of rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled region that targeted Israeli territories and as a result, "a significant number of long-range rocket sites" have been destroyed, according to the Israel Defense Force officials. In react

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Successful Prisoner Swap of the Day: Gilad Shalit, the first Israeli soldier returned alive from captivity in 26 years, was reunited with his family early this morning at Tel Nof Airbase after nearly 2,000 days in the hands of Hamas.

"I'm very emotional," Shalit said

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