For those of us who like to buy ethical products, the Salmonella-tainted peanut butter recall has been a bit of a shock. The FDA just released yet another recall - this one for a Whole Foods carob energy food. (For more information, see this NYT article on the problem: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/health/23scare.html?ref=us)
That makes about 130 recalled products so far. And my preference for buying from local businesses would not have helped me if I were a peanut butter fan - the Peanut Corporation of America is a Georgia company. The global food distribution system is really scary - the fingers of this peanut butter paste distribution reach far and wide into all kinds of manufactured foods, like the Chinese wheat gluten reached globally into pet and baby foods. Sigh. I'm renewing my CSA subscription this year.