UPDATE: 3/9: MORE PRODUCTS and COMPANIES have been added to the list including McCormick and Herb Ox. See updated list below. Here is the Basic Food Flavors website. Click here and here to see Basic Food Flavors product “Applications” and distribution areas, so that you understand just how far and wide this poisonous company reaches around the world and throughout the food chain. FDA is recommending that you throw away the products with the related codes on their packages (and eat the cost yourself!), so this shitbum company is not going to be incurring the expense: you are. This is unconscionable and one more example of how the USA panders to these food companies, even if they endanger our lives.
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The endless array of poison in our food has become a fact of life. Last time it was about peanuts. Annoying (and deadly) yes, but at least you could identify products that had peanuts in them and avoid them (or pray a lot if you ate one of the products).
This time, it’s a “Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein” sold in bulk to food processors by a crappy company named Basic Food Flavors. Basic Food Flavors sells their product in 25 pound sacks to companies who use their additives flavorings in their foods which millions of Americans ingest. They apparently also throw in Salmonella as a bonus.
What I would like to know, is When Is Enough Enough??????
I’m about to Rant. I can do that. It’s my blog.
I really think it’s time to indict and convict the owners and CEOs of companies that endanger our food supply and the lives of Americans through their sanitation and toxic material negligence. I’m talking life in prison here with no parole. That should cure these bastards and make them a bit more concerned about how careful they are in their processing and supplier purchases from vendors over in Melamine and Arsenic Land. I’m sure everyone reading this knows someone whose cat died of kidney failure before the massive melamine in pet food recall. And how about that melamine in baby formulas?, yet another gift from our bankers in China? Does lead in our children’s Chinese toys and a well-paid American liaison who was supposed to be monitoring them, but who instead defended these toys, ring a bell?
Then there’s our infamous chemical saturator and food-facsimile Godfather, Monsanto, infiltrating the USDA, trying to control and genetically engineer the world’s food supply, and working double-time to harass small farmers and influence Congress to make it financially impossible for small farmers to grow things in the ground without Monsanto’s chemical blessings. How much should you really trust a company that has the audacity to imagine it actually should own a patent on the world’s CORN??? Corn has been a gift to the earth for hundreds of years and now Monsanto wants to claim it as their own invention!
To make matters worse, it’s just a never-ending poisoning-fest for Big Agra and Big Food, isn’t it? And when we aren’t being poisoned by chemicals and salmonella, we are wondering what happened to the taste of what were once lusciously delicious foods. Ever wonder why, if you are old enough, you recognize that salmon and shrimp from “down on the farm” barely resemble the taste of salmon and shrimp you ate 20 years ago, or why supermarket tomatoes no longer taste like tomatoes, why foodstuffs are packed in countries that are definitely not on your “Places I would like to visit” list, why peaches shipped to your supermarket are like rocks with cotton in them, why you have to practically scrub your produce with a brillo pad before eating it, and why your garden seeds are “treated” (think eradiated) to no longer grow year after year? We talk about breaking up the big banks, well maybe we should be doing the same for these food masters and conglomerates as well.
I also believe very strongly that these recalls should all be PROMINENTLY posted near the shelves where the recalled products would reside had they not been recalled for deadliness. The public simply is not hearing about these recalls fast enough. I say, embarrass these pigs where it will hurt them most: right at the point of sale. A well-placed FDA sign would embed itself right where it belongs: In the memories of consumers, for a long, long time. That should make food processing companies think twice about winks, nods and lax monitoring of their own plants as well as the plants of their suppliers. They are lax because they CAN be. They need to know that they will incur massive financial loses if they are not responsible food producers, and responsible food producers do not include Salmonella in their products.
It’s not just about Salmonella either. How about the E. Coli outbreak in spinach? There is no way to put it gently: E. Coli comes from infected SHIT, folks! I wish to point out that spinach does not have intestines. Just saying!
How about the Botulism problem, compliments of the canning process of a company named New Era? If all of this isn’t offensive enough, President Obama’s “Food and Safety Working Group” instructed the FDA had to draft “helpful” “Guidelines” for growers of tomatoes, leafy vegetables and melons. I don’t know about you, but the word, “Guideline” does not inspire confidence for me. Guidelines are not instructions and they are not The Law.
Safety has gone out the window, folks. These companies are not suffering enough financially to halt their deadly behaviors. I say hit them in their wallets and their hearts and minds will follow.
The other thing that fries my ice is, we can give hundreds of billions of dollars to the creeps in Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, AIG, Green Car Manufacturers in foreign countries with partners named Al Gore, and a host of other Wall Street and special interest thieves who don’t do squat for us except make big contributions to politicians, when we should be cleaning the USDA and FDA houses, removing them from ties to politicians and the companies they are supposed to be monitoring (think Big Pharma and think Don Rumsfeld and Killer Aspartame), and we should be shoring up our country with an ARMY of independent food inspectors who can hover over any company that contributes to our food supply day and night. When you have an FDA that actually has the audacity to set “safe levels” of melamine in baby formulas, something needs to be changed. Melamine is plastic, folks! They make dinner plates out of it– and now we have “Safe Levels” of this shit in our foods?
We need to fund an FDA that Prevents, not just Reports. You do that by literally hovering over our food growers, processors and suppliers, demanding they do the same for their vendors, fining them up their noses when they don’t comply, and keeping infected food from reaching the consumer. Sure, some things might slip through the cracks, but what we are enduring today is an indication that things are seriously out of control under the current system. Let’s face it, plenty of other countries’ consumers don’t seem to be forced to treat their poultry and beef like toxic waste when they touch it. In the USA, sallmonella in chicken and beef has become a “Given” and we are “expected” to live with it!
The recalls in our food chain are a never-ending loop and the condition of our food supply has reached the point of unconscionable. What’s next from the FDA: “Safe levels” of Salmonella? How about if they just stick Melamine, Botulism, Salmonella and E Coli into the food pyramid and give us our daily acceptable allocation? When organizations like the FDA start declaring that there are “safe levels” of toxic substances, we are being desensitized to the poisons and toxins we are being forced to ingest for the sake of the Corporate profits. Why are we expected to become accustomed to all these poisons on behalf of Big Business and the politicians they sponsor?
The FDA, which seems these days to be a lot better at identifying life and health threats after they occur than they are at forcing food producers to avoid them, has a warning page on this recall that lists the products they do know could be affected (so far).
Here is the list from their page. Click on the links to get a product breakdown. I use Marzetti and I am pissed. And I will NEVER buy their product again. You shouldn’t either. If they can’t monitor their own additive suppliers and monitor their own products for salmonella effectively, they can just kiss my ass.
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Download All Recalled Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Containing Products
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