The war in Iraq continues. The economy needs fixing. I know all that … but I’m wondering if President Obama’s first official act in office should be to remove peanut butter off America’s supermarket shelves.
The more I read about this, the more it concerns me. It appears that the government didn’t take this very seriously at first, thinking it was a localized problem with maybe one or two brands of products involved.
Now, however, they’re realizing just what an issue they have on their hands – but only after 474 confirmed illnesses and six deaths as a direct result of tainted peanut butter. Even our neighbors north of the border, the Canadians, have issued statements telling their people to avoid a long laundry list of foods containing peanut butter or peanut paste.
By the way, kudos to the companies who have voluntarily recalled their products in order to make sure the public is safe. They’ve taken a significant loss in doing so, but their integrity means a lot to us consumers. They include (thanks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper for this list):
∙ Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products Inc. announced it’s recalling all Wal-Mart Bakery brands of peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies and peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies
∙ Food Lion removed its Bake Shop peanut butter cookies from the shelves
∙ McKee Foods Corporation recalled two varieties of Little Debbie peanut butter sandwich crackers, which are sold in grocery and convenience stores throughout the country
∙ Perry’s Ice Cream Company recalled about 20 of its Select Peanut Butter Ice Cream products sold under the Perry’s, Surfine and Wegman’s brands
∙ Hy-Vee Inc. recalled almost a dozen products made in its bakery departments, including cookies containing Reese’s Pieces
Once the dust settles and this peanut butter scare is behind us, look for these brands on the shelves. They’ll be the safe ones, and the ones that deserve our business for doing the right thing.