WTF There’s Glass in the Frozen Peas?!Posted: October 19, 2010
I really thought this headline was a joke…
Supplier recalls frozen vegetables because of glass fragments
…I literally LOLed thinking it was an Onion stunt in light of all the recent ridiculous recalls. But upon further inspection, I realized that this is in fact entirely real:
(CNN) — Packages containing frozen vegetables sold by Wal-Mart nationwide and Kroger stores in the Southeast may contain glass fragments, the supplier said Friday in announcing a voluntary recall.
While there have been no reports of injuries, the Pictsweet Co. of Bells, Tennessee, is advising the public not to eat the recalled store-brand vegetables because of the potential for harm.
Consumers should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, Pictsweet said.
The voluntary recall covers the following items:
- Kroger 12-ounce Green Peas (UPC 11110 89736). Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD.
- Kroger 12-ounce Peas and Carrots (UPC 11110 89741). Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE.
- Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Sweet Peas (UPC 78742 08369). Best by dates of July 20, 2012; July 21, 2012.
- Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables (UPC 78742 08026). Best by date of July 15, 2012.
Consumers with questions may contact Pictsweet toll-free at 1-800-367-7412, extension 417, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.
Really industrialized food system? Salmonella, e. coli, and now glass fragments? What’s next, Type-76 handheld IEDs?! The recall of 24,000 pounds of frozen veggies was a voluntary action taken by Pictsweet, but the company has failed to comment on the incident directly, save for their press release; they haven’t stepped up to explain how something like this could happen. Interestingly, the Pictsweet website also fails to mention the recall. They do, however, clarify in their “Safe Food Facts” section that their frozen spinach is safe to eat as opposed to the bagged counterparts:
“There has been a vast amount of media coverage concerning the recent outbreak of e-coli in fresh spinach. It should be noted that the warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration is for raw, fresh packaged spinach only.
Pictsweet takes great pride in the quality of all Pictsweet frozen vegetables. Each product must pass through extensive cleaning and quality control procedures. Blanching is one step in this process. Spinach is blanched, or cooked, for 1 1⁄2 minutes at 190 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill bacteria, if present, prior to freezing. Consequently, the spinach will be a healthy choice for you and your family.
We would like to stress the importance of properly cooking vegetables using the safe-handling and cooking instructions you find on the side of the packaging. Following these instructions will assure that the product is safe for consumption.”
Sorry Pictsweet but not only is your safety warning outdated, but properly cooking your frozen vegetables will not assure any safety in eating glass fragments.