1/19/09

Spreading the Word of Food Recalls to Our Elderly Neighbors and Family Members

On January 15th I wrote a post announcing the recall of peanut butter crackers and other products by our government. The cause is Salmonella and it has been found and has caused deaths.

Today I popped online and read the latest news, here is just a snippet;

On Monday, the company based in Battle Creek said that contamination was confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration in a single package of Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter.

Food companies and retailers have been recalling products with peanut butter in them because of suspicion of contamination amid a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least six people and sickened more than 470 others in 43 states. At least 90 people have been hospitalized.

Also Monday, Midwestern grocer and retailer Meijer Inc. said it was recalling two types of crackers and two varieties of ice cream because of the possibility of salmonella contamination: Meijer brand Cheese and Peanut Butter and Toasty Peanut Butter sandwich crackers, and Peanut Butter and Jelly and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.



I cringe to think that on my last major shopping trip I was going to buy Austin brand toasted crackers with peanut butter. I had them in my hand but the Ritz brand was on sale so I put them back and bought the other. I realize just how easy this may have been to buy and wonder how many people haven't heard about the recall on the news and do not have access to or do not use the internet enough to have heard about this recall. Of course I am specifically talking about the elderly in particular. I know my own FIL only uses his internet to check email and to check a couple sites he has bookmarked and doesn't know about branching out to other sites very well.

My hope is that we help spread the word to our elderly neighbors and parents to let them know of the recall and check if they have these products in their cupboards as the elderly, young children or those with weak immune systems are the ones most likely to be adversely affected. Please help spread the word. Thank You.
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