author of Feeding Eden

Recalling Food Recalls

About a year ago I signed up for a free service offered by Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network site so I could receive food recall Alerts By Email. Here is an example of one:

Jan. 7, 2011

Homestead Pasta Company is recalling approximately 144,633 pounds of frozen meat and poultry tamale products due to undeclared milk.

The products affected by the recall were produced from April 2010 until January 2011. They were sold in California, Oregon, and Washington.

These Food Recall Alerts have been quite illuminating. The foods or drugs described were rarely relevant to my family since they were usually sold in other states or weren't a products I purchase. However, the sheer volume of food and drug recalls (more often food) that takes place continually surprises. Such a simple thing to ask of a food manufacturing company: Please declare the contents of your food.
I do it all the time. "So guys," I might warn my children while serving up pasta casserole, "I added some bread crumbs mixed with those sweet potato chips on top. That's why the crunchy parts look kind of orangey." Like many, my kids like to be warned of every deviation within my culinary roster.
Since I don't really love to cook and so claim to be "all business" and "results oriented" in the kitchen, obviusly I'm not in the business of making food. Good thing. Seems to be a tricky business indeed.