Just when Americans were starting to eat peanuts again, the second-largest producer of pistachios, Setton Pistachio, has called for a voluntary recall involving one million pounds of its product due to Salmonella contamination. Beyond raw pistachios, the recall will affect a number of other products that contain the ingredient, and the company will release a list of other products influenced by the contamination.
As of now, two people have complained of digestive ailments, allegedly linked to Salmonella poisoning.
Click here to read a short article about the recall.
Keep checking the FDA Web site for a complete list of pistachio-based recalled products.
Local food advocates are tired of agribusiness and factory farming interest groups occupying the attention of our elected officials. However, farmers' markets and increased public education about the local food movement as well as a revival of biodynamic and organic farming and eating practices have only furthered this desire for change.
Famous foodies Alice Waters and Michael Pollan have long been calling for politicians to convert the White House lawn into a community garden. The new Obama presidency, coupled with the Obamas' knowledge on local and organic foods, may make this dream a reality and truly reinvent the way we look at food as a nation.
First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on a small vegetable garden last week, a symbol of only further encouragement, action and the Obama favorite - hope.
Given the number of instances of food safety raised within the past few months - salmonella in peanut butter, mercury in high fructose corn syrup - Americans need to know what is going into their food.
We need more brilliant and mainstream columnists like Kristof to give time - and space - to important food issues, especially the hazards of agribusiness and factory farming.
To listeners of Chicago Public Radio's "This American Life," you may enjoy this segment on the experience of one film crew as they visit a pig farm in Iowa. Download the episode from the Showtimes series of the radio show from iTunes.
It's encouraging to see how the government is making an effort - albeit a small one - to educate the public about where food comes from. Ultimately, the people should be asking questions and demanding answers.