Whole-foods, Trader Joe’s, 7 Eleven, Walmart and many more nationwide grocery store are recalling food for salmonella and listeria risk. The most interesting part, it’s all due to one company.
Once Wholefoods was bought out by Amazon, I watched what was once vegan buffets turn into meat slicing stations.
The once long vegan aisles have copulated into one fridge shelf, and it became unfortunately clear WholeFood’s was turning into another corporate-owned grocery store. Grapery’s hybrid cotton candy grapes, which contains twice as much sugar (28 grams) than the average grape (15 grams) became a popular seller in the middle of what was once the organic fruits and veggies aisle.
Sorry for being the Debby downer on the admittedly delicious hybrid grape candy.
It is the reason I always question America’s food industry. Sneaky tactics of cutting corners and selling risky health alternatives to fresh foods, now this:
More than 755.5 tons of premade food recall starts with big companies; Bakkavor Foods, Envolve Foods, and Ruiz Foods.
Then leads a paper trail to the giant company behind it all, Mccain Foods.
To shed some more light on just how interconnected our food source is:
– “Go Go Taquitos’ favored food at 7 Elevens nationwide recalled 2.5 millions pounds of food.
– Simple truth recalled 292, 764 ready to eat chicken and beef products
– Jenny Craig recalled 174, 207
– Fresh Garden Salads 1,532 pounds of chicken salads and food bowls with corn.
Salmonella and listeria risks run such muck that grocery stores nationwide are forced to reveal just how much of their food comes from ONE company.
Where many people can turn a blind eye and shrug as if it is a common mistake I cannot help but become concerned about how puppeteered our food industry is becoming.
“These recalls demonstrate just how complex and interconnected our food system is today. When you buy something from the store, it’s possible the company that produced it was three companies ago… This is a big deal. It could impact tens of thousands of people, if not more”. Will Wallace, senior food policy analyst for Consumers Union
It is no secret that premade meat, vegetables and ready to eat foods have become a part of daily American life. Convenient to pop open the top to a prepared salad or throw a taquito in the oven for kids after a workday.
But is the risk worth it?
How many more outbreaks/risks does it take to realize that obtaining a whole food healthy diet requires individual effort, cutting corners could be life-threatening?
As a population, we all have to take responsibility for the shortcuts taken when it comes to physical health. It may seem ridiculous to start freezing potatoes freshly cut at home from the farmers market, boiling corn for later use or prepping meat for the week. However, the potential risk of an actual salmonella and listeria outbreak it is worth considering doing it at home.
I would preferably not include myself or my family. I take this as a warning, an illumination of the food industry, that may be putting in the extra effort to assure the safety is worth it in the end.