Tuesday, October 9, 2012

This Peanut Butter Recall Is Getting Ridiculous

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I dislike food recalls, but not because they scare me in any way. Anybody who knows me will tell you that I will eat expired food, drink murky water, munch lamb testicles. Hell, I even ate a bean burrito from Taco Bell the other day. You get the point.

What irks me about food recalls is the communal spazzing out. I know, I know, that makes me sound like a jerk. But I've traveled a lot and eaten street food everywhere I've gone, which often means fanning away swarms of flies just so you can get to the market to buy your dinner. Meanwhile, back in my country of origin, five people get a stomach ache because of tainted bologna and it's like a national emergency, DEFCON Five style.

But for those of you who are concerned about such things: This peanut butter recall is now officially off the hook! And it's not just peanut butter! Tahini is affected, too! EVEN YOUR HUMMUS ISN'T SAFE!! Time to freak the fuck out people:

Sunland Inc. today announced a voluntary expansion of its ongoing recall of all products manufactured in its peanut butter plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being expanded to include all products manufactured in its peanut butter plant after March 1, 2010.The scope of the initial recall covered 101 products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. The expanded recall adds 49 products that are currently within the manufacturer’s recommended shelf-life, that is, the “Best-If-Used-By” dates have not expired. The expanded recall also adds 90 products consumers may still have in their homes which are older than the “Best-If-Used-By Date”. Distribution of many of the products being added to the recall was discontinued some time ago. The expanded recall covers all previously identified Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. New product categories being added to the list are several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter and Banana Butter.

To be fair, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems really are at risk. I hear tons of this stuff got distributed through local food banks as well.

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