With one week to go until Halloween, interest in Apinya’s Ghost Vindaloo Thai Chili Sauce is at a yearly high. The premium, all natural hot sauce is made with tomatoes, lime juice, shallots, garlic, Ghost chilies, Thai chilies, garam masala, and kaffir lime leaf. It’s inspired by Indian vindaloo with an infusion of Thai ingredients. With growing concerns about artificial ingredients, the most common questions the company receives are about the content of ectoplasm.
“There is an irreversible movement led by the rise of natural and organic supermarkets to buy only all natural ingredients and reject supernatural ones,” said Adam Ross, co-owner and product development specialist at Apinya Thai Food Co. “Many of our customers have been asking about the content of ectoplasm in our Ghost Vindaloo Thai chili sauce. The FDA has not yet issued official guidelines for acceptable levels of ectoplasmic organisms (EPOs) in food products. At Apinya Thai Food Co. we are committed to using only naturally occurring ghost chilies in our sauce, so if a supplier’s ghost chilies contain ectoplasm, we don’t use them.”
The issue of EPOs is currently under heavy debate by the scientific and pseudoscientific communities. In many countries, ectoplasm is commonplace and to date there have never been any recorded incidents of health concerns in the general populace. However, some anti-EPO organizations including The Non EPO Project have claimed there is a close association with ectoplasm and death. As recently as the past couple years, a growing portion of Americans claim to have ectoplasm intolerance. Although it has been medically shown to exist in less than 1% of the population, ectoplasm free sections are even popping up in mainstream supermarkets.
“More extensive research and infrared camerawork is needed before Apinya Thai Food Co. can make any health claims regarding the absence of EPOs, but while the debate continues we have decided to eliminate ectoplasm in the interest of our customers in a gesture of corporate responsibility,” Ross added. “Ectoplasm free is also indicated on the bottle’s label.”