Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mise en place (1-29-09)

1. Think you’re mercury free? Think again. According to this Seattle Times article a peer reviewed study concludes the process for making corn syrup may liberate a small amount of mercury which is transferred to food. In the small pilot study almost 50% of the samples tested were positive for mercury. Think you don’t eat corn syrup? Think again. The topic of processed corn, including syrup and oil, became interesting to me after reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma. So, let me…ehhhh…reach into…grunt…my private…here it is…stash...whew. Wonder which of my favorite things have corn syrup on the ingredient list. Hmmm…let’s see:
Power Bars – nope
Snickers Marathon Nutrition Bar – check
Hershey’s Special Dark Nuggets w/almonds – nope
Ghirardelli Milk and Caramel – check
Cliff Organic Bars - nope
Wrigley’s Orbit gum - nope
Dr. Pepper - Damnit

2. Peanuts! Get your peanuts!…cheap! The caution spreads, negligence, says the feds. Did they really ship product that had tested positive for salmonella, then tested negative? That seems to me to be business suicide. Not logical. This whole food recall is really baffling me. First it was spinach, then tomatoes, jalapenos and cilantro…maybe avocados and cantaloupe, but “hey, Brent can you make us a batch of the super-duper quac to go with that fruit plate?" And what did we learn from all these recalls? I dunno, I can’t remember any REAL decisions. Come on, I want answers. Have I mentioned I love peanut butter?

3. WooHoo! This means the bills I recieve will decrease proportionally. Time to go charge something! Thanks for the bailout!

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