Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tainted Peanuts in America: Three of Nine Deaths are My State

Salmonella got into America's food supply: Just the peanuts, and less than 1% of those delicious subterranean legumes were affected.

So far, nine people have died after eating tainted peanut products. Three of them lived in Minnesota.

This Time, it's Personal: A Third of the Dead are Minnesotans

I'm taking this peanut affair a bit more personally than some other topics. Three of the nine deaths were here in Minnesota, all of them in Brainerd care facilities:
  • Shirley Mae Almer, 72, formerly of Perham
  • Clifford Tousignant, 78, originally of Duluth
  • Doris Flatgard, 87, apparently of Brainerd
    (, Brainerd Dispatch)
Brainerd, Minnesota, is roughly fifty miles northeast of my home: practically next door, by the North Dakota standards I grew up with. Peanut Corporation of America's cost-cutting gambit came even closer to home. The school that's about a block east of where I'm sitting got 14 units of possibly-tainted peanuts last month.

I'm not happy about this.

In the news: My opinions about tainted peanuts, a clueless businessman, and threats to a food supply are in "Peanut Terrorism? Peanut Corp. of America Reveals Dangerous Security Gap " (Another War-on-Terror Blog (February 11, 2009)).
UPDATE (February 12, 2009)

"Peanut Product Recalls: Salmonella Typhimurium"
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (updated February 12, 2009)

There's limited good news here:

"...Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores are not affected by the PCA recall...."

The page has links to "Peanut Containing Products Recall List" and "Using and sharing the Peanut-Containing Product Recall Widget" - The recall list is extensive, but if your browser has a 'search' function, you can use it to see if brands you use have been recalled.

No comments:

Unique, innovative candles

Visit us online:
Spiral Light CandleFind a Retailer
Spiral Light Candle online store

Pinterest: From the Man Behind the Lemming

Top 10 Most-Viewed Posts

Today's News! Some of it, anyway

Actually, some of yesterday's news may be here. Or maybe last week's.
The software and science stuff might still be interesting, though. Or not.
The Lemming thinks it's interesting: Your experience may vary.
("Following" list moved here, after Blogger changed formats)

Who Follows the Lemming?


Family Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory