When I watch the 10pm evening news, I'm not paying full attention. Honestly my iPhone is usually in one hand and I am listening to the news, multi-tasking folding laundry, paying bills. I overhear mention of a Peanut Butter recall linked with salmonella. Eew. Then they say it's just affecting 5 pound tubs of peanut butter. My mind is prematurely eased, as in the next few days a wealth of information begins to unfold.
I start to learn more and more about the products I consume. Then I feel disappointed in what I come to learn about the companies I choose to support.
Voluntary recalls begin popping up in the media and on twitter via Whole Foods tweets. First thing I hear is LARA Bar new flavor peanut butter cookie has been recalled.I know my husband is a huge LARA consumer, so I immediately call him. Yes, as I predicted he ate a bar the day before the recall, a peanut butter cookie bar. He was excited by the new flavor. Yikes. Three days have passed and he didn't fall ill. Yeah!
But then I begin thinking wow, that's rather odd, LARA is a small Denver based company that makes really fabulous products. Why would they be affected by this institutional sub-par peanut butter recall?
Turns out, LARA changed hands last year, guess who owns them now? GENERAL MILLS. My stomach turned. Bummer.
Then I read a Rocky Mountain News article about the acquisition, turns out General Mills owns many organic companies. General Mills owns Cascadian Farms (no surprise to me) and Muir Glen. Oh and just to throw it in there, Hamburger Helper and Cheerios.
They all seem to have the same vision right, top of the line 5 ingredient healthy fruit and nut bars and Hamburger Helper. Seems like a match made in heaven.
Now, let me say, I don't want to judge the choice to sell your company. Larabar was started in a kitchen, it grew so big that General Mills acquired it. Must be fabulous to still have a hand in the company and feel the success.
Only problem is all I can think is Hamburger Helper.
Back to the recall, other bars affected by the voluntary recall are:
Clif Bars, Clif Builder's Bar, Clif Kid ZBaR, Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars, JamFrakas, LARABar, Luna Bars, MOJO Bar, Nature's Path Optimum Energy Bars.
Take a good look at that list. Take a good look at your grocery receipt. I consider PCA- Peanut Corporation of America to be a supplier of institutional peanut butter, not peanut butter for companies I support. Quite honestly, companies I pay top dollar for because I assume they aren't getting their peanut butter from the source that Little Debbie does.
I've been fooled. But trust me, I am not going to support these companies anymore. I am doing my homework. If I am going to pay top dollar for these products, I want to know that I am getting highest quality ingredients.
Time to start making my own bars. Ha!
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