Thursday, February 05, 2009


My "Wordless Wednesday" pic was of peanuts too, but I'm actually far from wordless when it comes to my annoyance with this whole peanut scare going on. For someone who loves just about anything made from peanuts, including peanuts themselves, I am finding this to be very limiting in some of my everyday choices. I'm here to admit: I'm a peanut addict.

But its not peanuts that are the problem. Its the mishandling of peanuts or peanut products by a company that was very callous in putting the public health at risk. Which makes my personal problem with this whole thing even more annoying in that one of our local merchants where I frequently shop has taken it upon themselves to totally erradicate anything made with peanuts from their store shelves, and those that haven't been removed you're forbidden to buy. No signs up anywhere announcing this, so imagine my surprise when, after checking repeatedly the recall list, I went shopping for some of my routine peanut product purchases only to hear when I got to the checkout, "I can't sell these to you." What?? Do I now need to show ID to purchase peanut items? "I don't know why," the clerk says. I know why, but it makes no sense, so why don't you take them off the shelves then??

Needless to say, I thought I was wrong in my assessment of the recall list, only to find out when I got home that I was right and the store was wrong. I contacted the store manager then to ask the reason for either emptying the shelves of anything that was contaminated or suspected to be contaminated or if you do get to the checkout forbidden to buy anything suspected to be containated, only to be given the lame answer, "We want to be sure." Yeah, I want to be sure too, which is why I checked the list first and the labels on the products second to be sure they weren't anywhere near the contaminated plant.

So my next step will be to try to reason with the higher ups to PLEASE return these things that are not part of the recall to the shelves and worry about the stuff that is contaminated.

I know, I know, the recall list gets bigger every day, and I am fully aware of this and willing to take responsibility for watching this list daily if necessary, just give me back my peanuts!


Lily on the Road said...

Well, all I can say is "nuts" to the recall!

Marlene said...

That's nuts! :p

Flo said...

I'm with you, I'm a peanut addict. I think my husband got a dose of bad peanut paste over the New Year. He bought some peanut bars and a couple days later was really sick. He was sick for a long time too, like a week. These bars were added to the list later :)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I love peanuts too. And I'm allergic to tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc) so this has been VERY limiting and frustrating to me as well.

Christie said...

Sounds like there is a serious management problem in that store. That would annoy the heck out of me. I like peanuts and such too. Luckily, the only thing I buy is natural peanut butter. I can't survive without PB&J.