As a self-proclaimed OCD gal (in recovery, of course), I am constantly watching the news for any food item that has been recalled by the FDA…
…ESPECIALLY now that we own a restaurant.
When that last recall happened with tomatoes, I immediately dumped our two flats filled with perfectly good Roma tomatoes. Bummer, considering it turned out that jalapenos were to blame for the people who had become ill with food poisoning.
The latest recall is peanuts.
We served dry-roasted peanuts as one of our 65 pizza toppings, and it’s featured on our (almost) famous Sweet Thai Shrimp pizza.
I became aware of the peanut recall about a month ago through the FDA website. I continually moniter their website to be certain that we aren’t serving anything that might even resemble a recalled food item.
Typically, the recalls are irrelevant. Pharmaceuticals, strangely-named dairy products from small towns, toys made in China….
this peanut recall, however, has my Inbox flooded every morning.
Peanut butter, granola bars, icecream, protein powders, trail mix, spices, creams, brownies, BABY FOOD! — and labels that boast Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, Odwalla, Nature’s, Palmer’s Candy, Amway, Mountain Man, Harry and David, Hershey, Blue Ribbon, Walgreens, Ocean Spray, Kashi, Schwan, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, Trader Joe’s, Country Maid, Clif Bar, Kroger, Kellogg…. with a TON more to name.
So here’s my suggestion: DON’T EAT PEANUTS!
Unless they are JIF, PLANTERS, SKIPPY or PETER PAN brands. These are the only companies who have guaranteed that they did not purchase their nuts from the supplier who has been tainted with Salmonella.
This being said, I encourage you to go to the FDA website and add their RSS feed to your blog reader. You will be updated whenever a recall is activated, which is usually days ahead of the media informing you of the recall.