Life's too short to eat bad food - Me

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Peanut Butter [is] the Pâté of Childhood - Florence Fabricant

It is almost two years since the great Peter Pan Peanut Butter recall for Salmonella. My first reaction to the was: Holy Frak, what will Alison eat? Ellie ate (and eats) pretty much anything, but the Beez was not only limiting herself to PB&J for School Lunch - it had to be Peter Pan! It was my favorite too. But, once the initial shock wore off, I was like "how can they do this to my kids". OK, I made jokes about the fact that that people who bought preformed burger patties should expect anything, but the bottom line is that the failures of both the food industry and the food inspection regime hurt not just us but our kids.

I am hopeful that the new President's approach to the overarching problems of our food policy will be extensive, but, in the mean time, he seems to be coming from the same place. Money quote:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I — I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch. And so we're gonna be doing a complete review of FDA operations ... at bare minimum, we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter ... that's what Sasha eats for — for lunch — probably three times a week. And, you know, I don't wanna have to worry about whether she's gonna get sick as a consequence to having — having her lunch.

But, anything will help. It turns out that the President of the company that is involved with this latest outbreak is a volunteer on a USDA Peanut Standards Board. No it is not charged with food safety, but this fox in charge of the henhouse attitude has to end.

I want my kids to have safe and nutritious food. Is that hard?

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