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Where is the Common Sense Regarding Food Safety?

January 5, 2010

The government has become increasingly involved in food safety issues ever since 9/11 due to the threat of bio-terrorism.  Some attention to this is warranted and a necessary intrusion on the food industry.  The problem arises when the power hungry, regulation making, hysteria creating government continues to meddle, overstate threats to food supply, and nit-pick.  I invite readers to view the article quoted in it’s entirety below.  I think the poverty of logic apparent in this company’s decision to recall product would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.  The article, although quoted totally here, can be located at www.progressivegrocer.com.

The following article is an example of what too much government involvement and hysteria over food safety can do to normally rational people.

Publix Recalls Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie on Allergy Risk

Jan 4, 2010

Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall for Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie, which was mislabeled and could contain undeclared pecans. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans may suffer an allergic reaction if they eat the product.

Baked in-store for sale between November and December 2009, the pies have a UPC number of 002-95118-20399-7 and come in 30-ounce plastic containers. Pies affected by the recall were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

“As part of our commitment to food safety and in cooperation with the FDA, we are issuing this voluntarily recall,” noted Publix director of media and community relations Maria Brous. “Since customers may still have these pies in their homes, we wanted to take every precaution to make them aware of the pecan as an ingredient. To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our Web site at http://www.publix.com.”

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix is privately owned and operated by its 140,500 employees, and has 1,014 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. phoenixoftexas permalink*
    January 5, 2010 5:37 pm

    If you buy a pecan pie….um….do you expect it to have PECANS IN IT?????

  2. January 8, 2010 1:11 am

    The stupidity is amazing isn’t it, but then i’m sure there is some fool out there who’d be shocked and surprised when they hear that peanut butter has …… peanuts in it, shock/horror.

  3. January 8, 2010 2:30 am

    Indeed! Thanks for your comment…..the stupidity of the government and how all of society seems to sink to their incompetence is tragic.

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