18 February 2009

For your (digestive) consideration

Maybe you wonder a bit (or bit excessively) about the safety of food in this country and how gross and dangerous events in food production can occur. A recent Op-Ed article in The New York Times, The Maggots in Your Mushrooms, by E. J. Levy, should make us question even more what is going on, or not going on with oversight in the food industry:

"Canned mushrooms may have “over 20 or more maggots of any size per 100 grams of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid” or “five or more maggots two millimeters or longer per 100 grams of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid” or an “average of 75 mites” before provoking action by the F.D.A."

The entire article is worth reading at The New York Times.

01 February 2009

Peanut recall

You've heard about the peanut recall. 

At the store I work (Vitamin Shoppe), virtually everything with peanuts have been recalled and removed from sale. I was aghast to see at two local supermarkets, recalled products still on the shelves yesterday (Pathmark and Whole Foods).

See the list:

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm