Friday, January 30

Updated Peanut Butter Recall List

The official FDA list pertains specifically to the current salmonella outbreak caused by peanut butter. I was planning on writing a long rant about how inept the manufacturers and the government regulators are at keeping us safe; however, it looks like Michelle Cottle at The New Republic said it all ( and more concisely than I would have, I'm sure.)

I would like to highlight a paragraph I read at the FDA site that might be missed by some people:

Product recalls include some pet food products that contain peanut paste that was made by PCA. While the risk of animals contracting salmonellosis is minimal, there is risk to humans from handling these products. It is important for people to wash their hands--and make sure children wash their hands--before and, especially, after feeding treats to pets. Further information for consumers is located in the Frequently Asked Questions section located on this web site. The pet food products are also included in the searchable data base of recalled products.

Go ahead and check out Cottle's piece. She links to a New York Times report that will both scare and anger you.

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