Thursday, February 8, 2007

Peanut Butter May Contain Salmonella: Who Will Be The Next Peanut Butter Candidate?

Peter Pan Peanut Butter Recalled
"We're in a jam" 


Luncheous Interruptus...Another Day. Another Lunch. Another Punch.

While Reaching into the pantry this morning for the unopened jar of Peter Pan Peanut Butter to make my son a P&J sandwich for lunch (the 'Creamy' style brand just like the one in the photo above left), I heard the morning news announcer say:

"certain batches of Peter Pan brand peanut butter may contain salmonella"

the very brand I was about to slap all over the two pieces of Boudoin Bakery sourdough bread that I picked up yesterday afternoon at the Ghiradelli Square bakery and cafe to blend with the Organic Napa rasberry preserves. "What did she just say?" I thought, as I peered at the list of ingredients on the jar and found no mention whatsoever of salmonella listed on the label! So much for truth in advertising. It would be a hot lunch today for my son, and godspeed, I hope an untainted, healthy one. So many brands, with so little emphasis on quality controls. From technology to food to healthcare to transportation, our consumer protections are a nostalgic blast from the past.

What happened to the FDA? Yet another assault on our consumer protections forced my hand in the pantry to toss the peanut butter -- no, better yet -- to return the peanut butter, as I will head for the grocery store and demand a refund and an explanation. Although I am sure there will be no problem getting the money back, the alarming increase in our tainted food supplies has left us millions of Americans at a loss, as multinational corporations and power brokers exchange our saftey for the profits of an elite few.

Why are our food safety standards ending up in the shitter? From e-coli tainted fruit juice to spinach to tomatoes to dairy products and back to meat, even Ralph Nader can't help us out of this jam, as the iron fist of corporate multinationals decide what's fair game in the global spread of 'democracy'.

Thanks, USFDA, for the heads-up. "Certain batches of Peter Pan brand peanut butter may contain salmonella and are being recalled by maker ConAgra Foods Inc.," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Although over 300 cases of salmonella poisoning were  linked to the Peter Pan brand, it was reported that AFTER ConAgra's own testing "did not detect the presence of salmonella either in the product or in the factory" according to a ConAgra spokesperson, then the question is what are the quality assurance processes and what can ConAgra (and other food processing plants) do to tighten up food saftey regulations and inspections BEFORE the shit hits the fan?

What are our elected officials doing about food safety? How the hell should I know. They don't care to know, they don't appear to face consequences since the foxes guarding the chicken coops under the banner of "globalization" these days are indistinguishable and even if they did, they wouldn't want us to know. The FDA these days has amounted to little more than the 'bad news public relations mouthpiece' for multinational corporations that seek profits over the health of people first.

Can you say 'Amero' en Ingles? Can't WAIT for that new, progressive 'Highway 35' to plow through Mexico and Texas on up to know the one that was 'decided' without Congressional input or approval during the 2005 'talks' between Fox, Bush and Martin that agreed on the ten-lane trade superhighway full of Mexican trucks without emissions control standards that will be delivering all of that wink-wink nod-nod inspected produce from any place on earth for a slave's wage while health safety standards be damned?
Charles Rangel (D-NY), a member of the Trilateral Commission, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) lead the charge in the Democratic ranks. Traditionally, "Free Traders" are usually viewed as Republicans, but this is obviously not the case.

Concerns about White House free trade resources only underscore that there is only a very small number of people who are pushing this "New International World Order" agenda as proposed by the Trilateral Commission since 1973.

Who will stand up for health safety? I am tired of tainted goods.



gaguy said...

I can't believe the level of panic I see over some tainted peanut butter. If you believe that the food handlers, from the farmer to the packager, don't try to maintain a safe food supply, grow your own. It's that simple. All this nonsensical talk of multi-national corporations, etc., demonstrates a level of paranoia hard to comprehend. I guess most of these bloggers are liberals, right? Emotion before logic anytime......Again, if you're that paranoid, grow your own. It's that simple It was a mistake. Everyone's been notified. What more do you want? Just damn!

Anonymous said...

We need better regulations.Hope it wont' be McCain or Rudy.Could be one them, if the democrats don't get their act together.

nascarmom08 said...

gaguy, you sound just like moron george bush.
you must be some kind of nut when you write you "can't believe the level of 'panic' over some tainted peanut butter." panic? it's called paying attention.
what if this happened to you and you got sick? or your kids?families care about their safety.