by Marion Nestle
Jun 23 2009

The latest trick in recalled foods: repack and redistribute!

Even I cannot keep up with what the packers of Salmonella-contaminated foods are willing to do to sell their products.  Remember the recalled pistachios?  Turns out the recalled nuts were simply repacked and redistributed.   If you are a packer and don’t like your test results, find a lab that will give you the results you want.  If you don’t know what to do with recalled nuts, put them in new packages and ship them out.

What is it going to take to get the food safety system we need?  How much worse does it have to get?

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  • This is crazy, terrifying, hideous. Something I never thought of but apparently many food biz people/companies have. Anything to make a buck, right?

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Janet Camp

    Is there no legal mechanism to prevent or stop this insane abuse? Some “recall”–and so much for “voluntary” actions from industry!

    Good lord, I bought some pistachios last week for a middle eastern recipe! I think I’ll throw them out (they were quite expensive!).

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  • Jaybird

    That’s disgusting! I guess if they had fixed the problem we wouldn’t have a new batch of Salmonella pistachios so quickly. Will they be penalized accordingly for willful contamination of food?

  • m

    This is criminal behavior and should incur both criminal and civil liabilities, up to and including manslaughter or second degree murder if someone dies. Jail a few top level executives and that will put an end to this insanity.

  • Jon

    Criminal. This is at a very minimum negligent homicide.

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