Two Million Pounds of Pistachios Recalled
for Salmonella – Kraft Saves the Day and Likely Lives and FDA Does Its Job
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I talked with Garance
Burke of AP last evening for her story, “Tests
nipped risk of tainted pistachios in bud.” Garance wrote: “The
contamination was only detected because of voluntary testing by a
manufacturer for Kraft Foods Inc. almost two weeks ago. Private auditors
hired by Kraft later found problems they think caused the contamination at
a supplier's processing facility in central California.”
Think about it, had Kraft
not done the testing and not turned over the information to the FDA, this
Salmonella-tainted pistachio product might still be in the market and on
consumers’ shelves – ready to eat. Kudos to Kraft.
But the fact that we are
relying on companies to voluntarily test and then voluntarily report
positive results should disturb us all. As Garance also wrote: “Neither the
Food and Drug Administration nor state laws require food manufacturers to
test the safety of their products…. You can call it a fluke, you can call
it good luck, or you can call it good judgment on the part of Kraft,"
said Dr. David Acheson, FDA's assistant commissioner for food safety.
"They're not required to tell us. They did and we're moving on
The FDA is now warning
“people … to avoid eating all pistachios and products containing them while
they determine which products may be tainted.” I am sure that we will soon
hear the attack that “the FDA has over-reacted.” I say they have acted in
the public health and that is a good thing. See FDA Recall List.
We now need a serious
discussion on food safety. Recall authority? Voluntary or
mandated? Regulations? Government mandates? Industry
voluntary compliance? Inspections - who should do them?
Government or Industry? How often? Testing - when should they
be done and by whom? Again, Government or Industry? Again, how
Much to "chew"