Cantaloupe, baby food and now Oscar Mayer cooked chicken breasts have joined peanut butter on the list of recalled foods. So what are local shoppers are thinking when we head to the grocery store these days?
The scares started last week with salmonella in peanut butter. Friday Dole Fresh Fruit recalled cantaloupes containing the same bacteria and Earth's Best Organic recalled baby food that could cause the deadly disease botulism. Today Oscar Mayer recalls cooked chicken breast strips that could cause a rare infection.
All of a sudden, a trip to the grocery store is beginning to feel like a hazardous affair.
"Concerned about my daughter and what she's eating because, what baby food just recently, that's pretty scary stuff," says concerned grocery shopper Jennifer Shaline.
The Food and Drug Administration is working with the various manufacturers to find the source of their contaminations. In the meantime, we're left guessing what could be behind the problems.
"Our country has pretty good food regulation standards so the fact that we've had a lot of incidents lately is pretty shocking," says shopper Matt Wolf.
"I don't know if it's underfunding that we don't have the inspectors that we need to go out into the fields and make sure the companies are abiding by the rules that are set down," adds shopper Mike Luke.
Shoppers say short of becoming farmers themselves, they don't have many options but to keep heading to the grocery store and hoping for the best.
"You can't grow things in your home to the amount that there is out there to get so I don't know, you know, what are you gonna do?"
Salmonella usually comes from animal feces. Investigators are checking if birds or rodents could have gotten in to contaminate some of these products. They're also questioning how well workers clean their hands and the equipment they use.
For information about the recall on Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter with a product code beginning 2111, call 1-800-222-7370.
To learn about the cantaloupe recall call the Dole Fresh Fruit Co. at 1-800-232-8888. That recall impacts cantaloupes sold in bulk cartons, with a 13-digit number on a white tag pasted to the carton. The tenth digit in the product number is a 2.
The baby food recall affects:
Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast (4.5 ouce jars) 23923-20223 PFGJ14NP EXP 14 SEP 08 A
Earth's Best Organic 2 Wholesome Breakfast Variety Pack (12 pack) 23923-20295 13 SEP 08
Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley (4.5 ounce jars within 12 pack) 23923-20223 PF6J14 NP EXP 14 SEP 08 A.
Contact Hain Celestial Group at 1-800-434-4246 with questions.
Finally for information on the Oscar Mayer chicken strips recall, call Kraft Consumer response at 1-800-871-7117.
The six-ounce packages are labeled "OSCAR MAYER/LOUIS RICH CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS WITH RIB MEAT, GRILLED, FULLY COOKED -- READY TO EAT." Each package has the number "P-19676" inside the USDA inspection mark on front and a use-by-date of "19 Apr 2007" on the back.