Is It Me, or Is Salmonella Out of Control?


For a week I was on vacation in Cuba and when I came home to a million emails–many from the USDA, which I subscribe to–I couldn’t believe all the press releases about salmonella contamination.

For example:

Basic Food Flavors hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars

Wholesome Spice Crushed Red Pepper

Then I read the Grand Rapids Press last Sunday and saw more notifications on the “Recalls” page:

Kroger Onion Soup & Dip Mix

Homemade Gourmet Tortilla Soup Mix

Castella Imports Chicken Base

Tim’s Cascade Snacks

An article in last weekend’s The New York Times addresses the hydrolized vegetable protein recall and how it “demonstrates the risks of the nation’s increasingly industrialized food supply chain. Specialized food plants may supply scores of customers involved in the production of thousands of products. Contamination at any one of these specialized plants can reverberate through nearly every aisle in the grocery store.”

The far-reaching salmonella contamination is just another reason to avoid processed food. Isn’t it better to buy locally, know your ingredients, and cook from scratch than to take the risk of eating industrialized food?

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