Is nothing safe to eat???

@LadyMarissa (12161)
United States
January 22, 2009 5:51am CST
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm Since the reports on the latest Salmonella outbreak have been sketchy at best, I decided to do my own research on the subject. I found the above link which gives a detailed list of items affected in this recall. My local news kept reporting the Toasty crackers with a faint reference to ice cream. This morning they finally announced 125 products are affected in this recall. It has gone as far as cookies, ice cream, dog treats ***YES DOG TREATS***. I strongly suggest you look over this list. After looking over this list, did you find anything in your home that is suspect??? Did you decide to err on the side of safety & throw something out??? Or did you find that your home & family are safe from this outbreak???
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
well, i am the only one in the house that eats peanut butter and the jar that we have has been around for quite some time so no, i didnt throw it out. i think in the regards to food, you have to throw caution to the wind and just eat.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Jars of peanut butter off the shelf at the grocery store are supposed to be safe. If you had ever had Salmonella poisoning, you wouldn't want to throw caution to the wind. It can be very miserable!!!
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
Solution: Make your own peanut butter. It isn't difficult. At least you know it's safe.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 Jan 09
LOL..I beat ya to this...I did my own discussion about this... and have the same sources as I subscribe to that site....why is it all of a sudden I CRAVE peanut butter??? Someone gave me a canister of peanut butter...Weird story there. My neighbor over me works for Meals on Wheels and often very kindly leaves me the dinners that weren't distributed for the day. The policy is whatever dinners aren't distributed are simply trashed...can you believe that? Perfectly good food just thrown away. These are frozen dinners and when she gives them to me are still frozen so I just pop them in the freezer...then the other day I open up my door and there's this grocery bag hanging on my door...filled with boxes of Goodman's Low sodium Chicken Noodle Soup, plastic packages of "emergency drinking water" (like huh?) and a big canister of peanut butter. I have NO idea who left this on my door..don't think the neighbor who gives me the frozen dinners....not her style...so a mystery here...I opened up that emergency water..and drained it down my drain..still have those boxes of chicken soup but wondering??? As for the peanut butter...as soon as I read about the peanut butter salmonella thing...THREW IT OUT BIG TIME--since I was wondering who the hell left that stuff on my door wasn't about to trust anything there..but crap ....I would LOVE to have some peanut butter...LOL
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Yes, i apologize my friend. I heard the huge increase in number of items on my early morning news just as I found the link to the list. Without thinking I wanted to spread this link to as many as possible as it had not been shared on any news report I've seen. Just as I hit the submit button, I received my notification to your discussion. Oh well, it was too late to take it back. I can only blame it on the fact that it was early morning for me (I don't stay up all night) & I was not thinking properly yet. I failed to do my search before starting my discussion. Please forgive. Anyway, this is important enough that more than one discussion gives more people the opportunity to discover this important list!!! Thanks for pointing this out to me!!!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 Jan 09
LOL--that's okay...you're right the more people are aware of this new recall the better..but what the heck is going on with our food anyway...we can't blame outside sources this time as the peanuts are grown in THIS country
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
22 Jan 09
The thing that I notice on any of these recalls is the fact thst most of it is highly processed foods. And then that does not surprise me at all. I try and make as much of my own food as possible. Of course I can not raise beef, but I can make my own peanut butter if I want to.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
They must be afraid we ALL are going to start doing just that as the Today Show & The Doctors were both giving us a warning that if we start making our own mayonnaise that we could get Salmonella with the raw eggs. There were 3 or 4 more but I don't remember what they were. I don't use a lot of processed food either. I just don't like worrying about whether I'll be making myself sick when I do need to use them!!!
@GemmaR (8526)
22 Jan 09
Oh dear, you'd think people would take more care with food to make sure it doesn't come into contact with contaminated foods! Things like salmonella can be spread really easily, so people should be extra careful with how they treat and cook food!
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
The company is blaming a yet unnamed employee who did not keep his equipment cleaned properly. Maybe I'm wrong, but I expect the company to have safeguards in place to make positive employees do their job properly!!!
22 Jan 09
Hi LadyMarissa, Well I think the only that is going to kill us all is food, this is just too much, I don't buy these products and I don't think they sell it here in the UK, still you never know. Tamarta
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Keep your eyes open. They are moving your way!!!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I checked my dog treats and they're okay, they're just generic biscuits and use peanut meal, not the peanut paste. I didn't see them on any list. Nevertheless, I'm putting aside those with the peanut meal till I find out if they're safe. The best way we can protect ourselves is to make as much food as possible from scratch, avoiding canned and frozen stuff. That makes me a hypocrite because I just bought 14 diet frozen dinners!
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Everything on the list seemed to be from peanut paste. The dog treats involved were GRReat Choice & sold at Petsmart. So yours should be safe. However, I'd put them up for several months until we finally get the complete list. If it's jumped from 3 or 4 items to over 125 items overnight, that tells me they haven't even started to touch the real number of items affected. Plus, who knows if they're updating the website???
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@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
22 Jan 09
Fortunately I didn’t find anything on the list that would really make me alarmed however I am still wondering if that is the complete list and how many such products have we consumed already and maybe didn’t get sick. What is even more alarming is that these companies that we trust to deliver safe products for our daily consumption didn’t take their responsibility seriously enough to engage in the necessary test to ensure the safety of its consumers and to be pressured before they would follow due process. Luckily for me most of my products are made locally on the island but my heart and well wishes go out to those persons who now have to be very wary of what they eat. It is all about cutting cost for some of these companies I believe that makes them refuse to hire enough personnel to do their testing
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
The company is saying we did our job. Unfortunately we trusted a phantom employee who didn't do his job cleaning his equipment properly which led to cross contamination. Sounds as if we need to start buying our supplies from your island. Want to go into business???
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
22 Jan 09
Another product to add to that salmonella list, what a shame. It takes them too long to post recall and or contaminated product information to alert the public, someone needs to address this.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I agree!!! It appears that this time they jumped on it fairly fast. Maybe with the new Administration, things will get better!!! Now they are blaming this on a phantom employee who didn't clean their equipment properly.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Jan 09
Fortunately none of these products are bought by me over here LadyMarissa. But what a scare this must be causing for so many people! As someone who travels a lot and has lived in several foreign countries now, I am constantly wary of what and where I eat. Thankfully I have never gotten ill to date (Touch wood! lol) but it is always in the back of my mind. If I had ANY product in that list, I would be throwing it away, no question. Even if it didn't fit any of the datelines etc I'd still be on the safe side and chucking it. What amazes me too is the size of the list!
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
You are lucky!!! One of the things that has bothered me the most lately is that our most trusted companies have been caught up in this. It seems that no product is safe anymore.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Jan 09
Nothing there to bother us over here LadyM. However, more and more stuff is being recalled for various reasons. You would have thought that by now food manufacturers would have got wise to the fact that they need to be careful where they source and how the process their products. That has to be cheaper than having to recall and trash so much food. It's so wasteful too.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
That's another b*tch of mine!!! Before they were replacing the food with new & safe product. In this case, they are saying just throw it away & nobody seems to be saying a word. Why should I pay for their mistake??? They are looking at it from the idea of throw it away or get sick as we don't care. There are some items on the list that I buy occasionally. I can promise you that these items will NEVER enter my home again!!!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I did check to see if we have anything on those lists but so far, nothing... except dog treats. Fortunately, I bought the box quite awhile before this recall was announced and my dogs have been fine. But, since the box was almost empty and I've been skeptical of whatever is out there these days containing peanut butter (my girls' favorite treat), I found a recipe and made my own tiny little dog treats! They LOVE them! What I used to buy them were all natural, preserved with Rosemary and Sage, but they seem to like what I made them so much more! I'm constantly having to tell them "No!" now because they get one and beg for more. LOL This saves money, too. The treats I used to buy them cost almost $4.00 for a box of them and I made about twice as many and it only cost about $.50! So, this is at least one GOOD thing that has come out of this recall! I'm saving money and my dogs love their new "Mommy-made" treats!
• United States
22 Jan 09
I know it seems like everything we eat is no good anymore. I understand that some food can get cotaminatied but this seems like it is going to far. I have been wondering is there any other way to regulate the food that is being put onto our shelfs to find out later has bad things in it and we are forced to get rid of food that we need. SOmething needs to be done, I hope for the best and I liked your discussion here, happy mylotting.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
When you of this happening and how wide spread it is a person has got to wonder as you posted in your title. Is there nothing safe to eat. It seems that these outbreaks are happening on a regular basis. Not just in the peanut butter department either. I checked the list and everything in my house is safe to eat. But it makes wonder when I go to the grocery store which things are safe and which are not.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Yes, I worry a lot when buying groceries. I wonder why we have so much Salmonella now!!!I know in growing up that we weren't that careful in what knife we used. We used the same knife & wooden chopping block for everything we did. I don't remember that much diarrhea going around back then.
@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
Well thankfully I couldn't find anything on the list that I have at home. I can't believe that this is happening, I mean how bad are the conditions where they are making this food? I just don't understand how these products got contaminated. I think that it is horrible that we have so many problems with contamination, you would think that the food industry would be a little more careful with stuff like this.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I'm thrilled that your home is Salmonella safe of these items!!! Supposedly conditions at PCA are good. At this point they are blaming it on a thus far unnamed employee who didn't keep his equipment properly maintained thereby causing the contamination. I find it hard to believe that they don't have rules in place to cover this kind of problem!!!
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
I won't worry that much Lady marissa.For me i can eat whatever i want to eat.. there's no such thing as safe regarding to foods that we put in our mouth.. as long as your stomach would accept it and as long as it won't bother you.. i believe that there is no safe food exists in this world..
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@dropofrain (1168)
• India
22 Jan 09
I guess all the foods these days have some or the other adultered mattered involved in it. Thus making the food we intake unhealthy for us. So we should try and incorporate all those foods which could be the least harmful for the body.
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