October 26, 2012 by thecuriousaquarius
October 15, 2012: Frozen PB&J Sandwiches, PB&J Graham Cracker Sandwiches, & Peanut Butter Cups Recalled for Salmonella
October 15, 2012: Texas Firm Recalls Beef and Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection and Misbranding
October 18, 2012: Bagged Salad Recall: Dole Pulls Blend Mixed Greens from 10 States over Listeria Scare
October 22, 2012: 1.5 million+ pounds of Bob Evans Maple Links & Maple Patties Recalled
These are only four examples of food recalls in the past two weeks and I’m confident that there have been more recalls in October across America.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?!?
I can’t be the only person who thinks this is: gross, disgusting, unnecessary, unsafe, and unhealthy. Can I? I just don’t understand how people can ship food out when they might have even an inkling that it was not inspected properly and might be unsafe for human consumption.
In Texas, the second recall I mention in the list above, over 8,000 pounds of meat was recalled due to lack of inspection. Whats worse? Other products coming from this same location had been produced and distributed to Texas and Louisiana since May 22, 2012.
I guess if you like slice fried pork ears (yes you read that correctly) and live in one of these states, you might want to worry.
The sad part about all of this is that there was a time when I thought if I was a vegetarian (I’m not, just a wanna-be) I could avoid contracting diseases like Mad Cow, or salmonella. But the unfortunate reality is that these food borne illnesses are just as easily contracted in fruits and vegetables. Take example three from above. Dole recalling bagged salad. I guess not even the vegans are safe anymore.
What does this say about our food system? What does this say about our society? What does this say about our farming? Or worse. What does this say about a neighbor, or a person who you think you can trust that’s in the food inspection business?
Can we trust anyone anymore?
At these recall rates, I just don’t know. Until next time…