by Marion Nestle
Feb 2 2009

Hope for the FDA at last: Sasha eats peanut butter!

Thanks to Food Chemical News for telling its readers about the President’s appearance on the NBC Today Show this morning:  

Matt Lauer: There’s been a massive peanut butter products recall in this country over the last several weeks, most of the products traced to one plant in Georgia that has a bit of history of sending out products even though there have been traces of Salmonella found. The question…the obvious question people want to know is, “Is the FDA doing its job?”

President Obama: Well, I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch. And so we are going to be doing a complete review of FDA operations. At bare minimum, we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter. That’s what Sasha eats for lunch, probably three times a week, and you know I don’t want to have to worry about whether she is going to get sick as a consequence of having her lunch.

This leaves me breathless.  I’ve been saying for years that the only thing that would ever get Congress moving on the FDA would be if a relative of an important Senator became seriously ill with food poisoning, not something I would wish on anyone.  Fingers crossed everyone!

  • Yes we can!

  • Jason Aldrich

    It’s a little distressing to think that it would take a politico’s child becoming ill from peanut butter or other contaminated food to get government action on food safety. Here’s excellent commentary from the Obama Foodorama website on the topic:

  • Sheila

    Now comes word of FEMA having to recall peanut butter packets in emergency meal kits they have sent to Arkansas and Kentucky for victims of ice storm. Many of these meals have been distributed in community shelters and by the national guard to people staying in their homes in remote areas. These areas are without electricity due to the ice storm, and the victims of ice (and now possibly peanut butter) likely do not have access to TV or internet news reports telling them not to eat the peanut butter.
    Wouldn’t it have been nice if somebody at FEMA had been alert enough to not send out the packets in the first place? How about expecting FDA and FEMA to coordinate information for things like this?

  • …sounds like President OBAMA needs to talk with Attorney William MARLER to get the real deal on the “house rats” in the Peanut Corporation of America’s plant. I mean they were romping in the roasting bins and leaving evidence of excrement and salmonella typhimurium all over the place…and let’s not leave out the dead rodent count and the dead roaches that got ground up in the mix of it all. Is that death in a peanut butter jar or what!!!!!!