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Salmonella Scare

Posted Apr 02 2009 11:11am

After the melamine scare last year we are now besieged of the salmonella scare on the peanut butter products namely Yummy Sweet and Creamy Peanut Spread 224 grams and 490 grams with batch numbers 3040905 and 11240810 and “best before” dates 90409 and 52409 both are manufactured by Samuya Food Manufacturing, Inc..

Though I am not really a big fan of peanut butter spread and we don’t have it at home, I am really bothered right now with the report that some employees of Samuya Food are tested positive of salmonella through rectal swabbing done by the Department of Health. I was thinking that its really gross to even consider that these employees don’t practice proper hygiene before processing food. Gawd! That’s disgusting. But according to DOH the organism found in the employees are of different kind from those that were found on the recalled products. So its still a mystery where the salmonella virus came from. One thing is for sure though this products were done in an infected environment.

After this report, another advisory came for FDA in the US. Now, they are telling consumers not to eat products with pistachios. Again, i don’t eat pistachios unless its in the ice cream. I am wondering if the pistachio flavored ice cream of SELECTA and ARCE DAIRY should be probed into also because of this? Oh well. This is really alarming, you know. I am getting paranoid actually of the food we eat. I am worried when I try to buy product from the grocery or when I cook. I don’t know how many times I washed my hands in a day. And I am glad I stumble an article in yahoo about Surviving Salmonella.

Here are some tips from that article.

Your best defenses, according to the CDC:

  • Don’t eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry or other meat. Pink in the middle? You’re at risk.
  • Uncooked meats should be kept separate from produce, cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Hands, cutting boards, counters, knives and other utensils should be washed thoroughly after touching uncooked foods.
    Hands should be washed before handling food, and between handling different food items.

You can read the rest of the entry here!

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