Amazon Packs Your Snacks Extra Safely In A Box Ten Times Too Big

Amazon Packs Your Snacks Extra Safely In A Box Ten Times Too Big

Alex says that when a giant box from Amazon arrived on his doorstep, he was puzzled. There was a huge, huge box, but all he had ordered were some Munchies brand peanuts that were on sale. (Having Prime makes you do that kind of thing.) That couldn’t possibly be all that was in the box: there was enough space in there for hundreds of packets of peanuts. He had only ordered 32. So what was in the box? [More]

Parents Want To Push Kid With Peanut Allergy Out Of School

Parents Want To Push Kid With Peanut Allergy Out Of School

Objecting to what they deem to be cumbersome accommodations for a student with a severe peanut allergy, parents at a Florida public school are urging administrators to remove the girl from the classroom and have her home-schooled. [More]

DOT Lacks Power To Ban Peanuts From Flights

DOT Lacks Power To Ban Peanuts From Flights

Just when it looked like all the crusaders who want to get peanuts banned from flights were inching closer to epic victory, along comes a federal law to crack their shells. [More]

Kid Finds Box Cutter In Peanut Bag

Kid Finds Box Cutter In Peanut Bag

Anyone working in the Barcelona Nut Co. peanut factory lose a box cutter? A North Carolina teen has found it, blade extended, in his bag of nuts. [More]

The DOT Wants Your Opinion On Proposed In-Flight Peanut Ban

The DOT Wants Your Opinion On Proposed In-Flight Peanut Ban

A couple weeks back we wrote about how the Dept. of Transportation was considering a possible ban on peanuts on airplanes and what resulted was easily one of the site’s more divisive debates. Now, as the DOT and FAA continue to mull over this plan — and consider other options — the regulators say they want to hear from you, the citizens of these United States of America. [More]

Should Peanuts Be Banned From Airplanes?

Should Peanuts Be Banned From Airplanes?

Among the new regulations under consideration by the FAA, there’s one that hasn’t gotten much press, but which we have a feeling might be something that will get at least a few travelers’ blood up — banning peanuts from airplanes. [More]

Who Is Profiting From Food Allergies?

Who Is Profiting From Food Allergies?

Slate reports that the numbers of people suffering from shellfish and other food allergies may be significantly overstated. The article traces the source of confusion to a 2004 paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that misrepresents the percentage of the population with seafood allergies. For one thing, the authors of the paper were non-statisticians trying to perform statistical work. For another, the survey questions were biased.

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/09/peanut-distributor-refuses-to-recall/

Peanut distributor refuses to recall peanuts On March 23rd the FDA advised consumers to dispose of any peanut or peanut containing products made or distributed by Westco or Westcott that they find in their homes. That same day it requested a formal recall of all Westco and Westcott products containing peanuts from PCA, and a few days later it requested access to some of its distribution records, but Westco refused to cooperate. [Consumer Reports]

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/12/our-food-safety-problems-have/

Our food safety problems have been solved! [The Onion]

Woman Finds Tiny Mammal Vertebra In Peanut M&M

Woman Finds Tiny Mammal Vertebra In Peanut M&M

A woman in Atlanta bit into a blue peanut M&M and discovered a tiny, blackened bone, probably from a nut obsessed animal who crept into the M&M to eat the peanut, then died of remorse. A Mars rep told the customer it was probably just a peanut twig. Whatever; by our estimations, this animal is most likely smaller than a peanut M&M, but has a comically wide and very short neck. Hmm, maybe we should instead ask an expert to deduce where this bone came from, which is what the customer did.

How Does Salmonella Get Into Peanut Butter? Bird Feces.

How Does Salmonella Get Into Peanut Butter? Bird Feces.

Here’s something you probably don’t want to know, but we’re going to tell you anyway. Scientific American interviewed Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia to find out how salmonella got into peanut butter in the first place. His theory? Bird Feces.

Salmonella Peanut Butter Plant Owner Living Incarnation Of Evil Cartoon Character

Salmonella Peanut Butter Plant Owner Living Incarnation Of Evil Cartoon Character

Congressional testimony reveals that Stewart Parnell, owner of the Peanut Corp. of America which lies at the center of the investigation over salmonella-tainted peanut-butter that’s killed nine people, is like a living cartoon.

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/11/the-house-commerce-committee-is/

The House Commerce Committee is currently holding a hearing on the salmonella-tainted peanut butter. Included on the witness list are the families of several people who were killed or sickened by the peanut butter, as well as the president and plant manager of the Peanut Corporation of America. It’s really compelling testimony, and we’re sure the grilling of the PCA people will be intense. You can watch it online at C-SPAN or the committee’s website. (Photo: goaliej54 and greefus groinks)

FEMA Food May Contain Salmonella Peanut Butter

FEMA Food May Contain Salmonella Peanut Butter

Food kits distributed by FEMA as part of a disaster relief effort in Kentucky and Arkansas may contain some of that awesome salmonella peanut butter we’ve been hearing so much about.

A Big List Of Peanut Butter Products That Don't Have Salmonella

A Big List Of Peanut Butter Products That Don't Have Salmonella

As our nation’s peanut tragedy continues, some of you must being getting tired of preparing your own peanut treats from scratch. For you people, the American Peanut Council has compiled a list of brands that DO NOT contain salmonella. You are so very welcome.

Salmonella Peanut Butter Plant Repeatedly Violated Health Codes

Salmonella Peanut Butter Plant Repeatedly Violated Health Codes

The Georgia peanut plant responsible for the salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 500 and killed at least 7 was repeatedly cited with health code violations for being “not properly cleaned and sanitized.”

Salmonella Spares Nation's Critical Supply Of Do-Si-Dos

Salmonella Spares Nation's Critical Supply Of Do-Si-Dos

Fear not, cookie monsters, the Girl Scouts say their eponymous wares are not affected by the salmonella-infected peanut butter responsible for at least 453 illnesses and 5 deaths. [Press Release] (Photo: tracyhunter)