No Oscar for Food Inc. & a non-meat related food recall, this time in my kitchen

Hi. I am sad girl right now. I am also protesting the remainder of the Oscar’s because Food Inc. did not end up winning an Academy Award tonight. I am upset I even watched tonight, all I cared about was the Documentary category. Although, I did love seeing Avatar kick some major ass. Go Avatar. Freakin’ love that movie. One of the greatest of all time.

Blah blah The Cove won instead. Blah blah it’s probably a good movie. Wah wah, I’m bitter, I’ll get over it once I remember again that the Oscar’s don’t really matter, and it’s made it’s impact and we will move on from here.

OK, officially over it. Congrats to all the award nominees and winners.

Moving on.

Remember that post I did a while back about all the food in my kitchen and the Food Rules that I break and follow? I know you do, because it’s still my most popular post to date. Anyhow, remember that dodgy label on the vegetable bouillon cubes? The ones that said they have chicken in them? Well, my mother, who apparently is on the FDA’s listserv or something for some inexplicable reason…sent me this email this morning:

Creative Contract Packaging Corporation Recalls HERB-OX® Bouillon Products Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 4, 2010 – Aurora, IL – This action is being taken after Basic Food Flavors, Inc. (“Basic”) issued a recall for all Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (“HVP”) dry powder manufactured by Basic Food Flavors on or after September 17, 2009, due to a positive test result for Salmonella in a production lot. Our records indicate that some of the HVP being recalled by Basic Food Flavors was used as an ingredient in HERB-OX® items.

As a result, Creative Contract Packaging Corporation of Aurora, Illinois, is recalling specific code dates of HERB-OX® beef, vegetable, and chicken granular bouillon products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.

Read full text here.

I mean, what can I say really. I told me so? This is why that food rule exists. The more ingredients that end up in our food and the less you know about those ingredients, the worse they likely are for you and the higher the chance that one of them will get contaminated by harmful, potentially life-threatening bacteria. Luckily, I hadn’t yet opened the veggie cubes, figuring I would pawn them off on someone—I mean, they have chicken in them. (Now I can take them back to the grocery store and get my money back.)

Sometimes I feel like no food is safe to eat, and then something like this happens and I think I’m justified in feeling that way.

The point is, this is our food system. Here it is. Salmonella in my vegetable broth. Seriously, folks? Yes. Seriously.

ps. Check your cabinets and watch out for other foods that have hydrolyzed vegetable protein in them that you’ll want to throw out or return due to this recall.

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11 responses to this post.

  1. I’m also very disappointed that Food Inc. was not a winner last night. 😦

    I want to say Salmonella in your vegetable broth is totally crazy, and yet, with the way our food system is, I can hardly say I’m shocked…

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  2. That’s so crazy! Did your mom see your earlier post?

    I use Rapunzel vegan bouillon cubes – they are delicious! http://www.rapunzel.com/products/rapunzel/rapunzel_soups_bouillon.html

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  3. yikes! that is scary. our food system is so effed up, of course this would happen! what freaks me out most is when stuff like spinach gets “contaminated.” gross. thanks for checking out my post re: parents and EDs, i think it’s a pretty important topic and i can’t wait to see what maryann does with it!

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  4. Isn’t that terrible I still have to see food, inc and avatar?! Food, inc never played here, but I need to rent it! What is with all this salmonella? very scary stuff. Thanks for stopping by my blog, look forward to reading!

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  5. And yet with all the problems we have with food here we still have the safest food in the world.
    In the days before refrigeration there were many more problems with food. Modern packaging has made food storage so much safer than it used to be. People in poor countries are still fighting those battles with pathogens, insects and rodents in their food that we do not see here.
    It may be terrible for you in your clean world, but most of the world would love to have your problems and all of the food you will not eat because it MIGHT be unsafe.

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