Longer Than You Think, Dad! Longer Than You Think!

Take down requests and C&D letters will be forwarded to my attorney Marc J. Randazza.


Christopher L. Jorgensen
PO Box 546
Ames, IA 50010

April 19, 2008

c/o Stagg Foods, LLC
PO Box 800
Austin, Minnesota 55912

Dear SPAM,

What does the acronym SPAM stand for? I looked all over your website, but couldn’t find what it means. I mostly want to know because a friend of mine told me SPAM contains dog meat. This is just plain gross, but since I couldn’t find a definition of the SPAM acronym I am having difficulty refuting her. She says this is why SPAM is popular with Koreans. I think she’s pulling my leg and being a little racist.

I am writing this letter so you can clear this up for me. I would love to put her in her place. I will pass your response on

I was also wondering if you have any plans of coming out with vegetarian SPAM or maybe just certified organic SPAM. This would be great!


Christopher L. Jorgensen

p.s. any free SWAG you could send my way? I capitalized SWAG just like you do SPAM to be clever. Hope that makes you want to send me cool stuff.

Hormel Food Corporate Services, LLC 1 Hormel Place

Austin MN 55912-3600
Phone 1 800 523 4635

April 24, 2008

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 546
Ames, IA 50010

Dear Mr Jorgensen,

Thank you for contacting us about our SPAM® products.

SPAM® is made from a few simple ingredients: ham, pork, sugar, salt, water, a little potato starch and sodium nitrate. Obviously, your friend has been misinformed about the use of dog meat in the United States.

The name SPAM® is not an acronym, it doesn’t stand for any particular thing. Jay Hormel held a contest back in 1937 with his workers to name the new luncheon meat. A worker named Ken can up with the name SPAM® and won $100 prize.

Please feel free to contact us again if you have any further questions or comments.


Consumer Response Specialist
Ref # 1605205

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