Whenever we forget how massively inter-connected our food supply is, a huge national recall of prepared foods comes along and reminds us. This time, the reminder comes from Minnesota-based manufacturer Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC, which packages salsa, cold pack cheeses, peanut butter, and pepper spreads under its own name and also store brands. Some of their products were contaminated with the very nasty foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes.
An educated and observant consumer isn’t just a good thing on a personal level, but that awareness can spread to others in a positive way. Case in point: a sharp grocery store employee realized that an elderly Kansas woman was about to send $1,900 off to a likely scammer, and so he got involved in order to save her from losing that cash. That’s what we call “spreading the warm fuzzies.” [More]
A reader sent us this great event that Hy-Vee, a midwestern grocery chain, recently held to fight diabetes. Unfortunately the benefit has already ended, but join them next weekend when they fight cirrhosis with dollar beers.