As vegetarians, YA and I have a kitchen stocked a little differently than most of the folks we know and certainly differently than mainstream America. So I don’t get too worked up about food recalls because it never affects us. Until last month when a news story about Skippy Peanut Butter jumped out at me. The photo on all the articles I saw were of Skippy Reduced Fat and Skippy Super Chunk – Super Chunk is what YA and I have in our cupboard. We’ve tried lots of peanuts butters over the years, including the much-better-for-us co-op brands, but we always come back to Skippy. That said, I was a little panicked when I read about metal fragments and that 60,000 jars had been recalled and Minnesota was one of the states.
The only other time I’ve been involved in a recall was about 12 years ago when a part on my Saturn was found to be defective. That turned out to be quite an ordeal. I called, took the car in and AFTER they took out the defective part, they realized that the new part they had in stock wasn’t for a car as old as mine. Well, just put the old part back in until they can get a new part, right?. Nope – the old part is designed so that once it comes out, it doesn’t go back in. Then it turned out that since my car was older, they hadn’t actually started the production process for the needed part. I was in a loaner (a very nice loaner) for close to 12 weeks. But driving a loaner around didn’t trip any of my anxiety buttons like learning that my daughter and I might have ingested metal fragments along with our peanut butter.
Luckily I quickly discovered that the only Skippy products involved were the Reduced Fat versions and the creamy with plant protein added. YA and I can’t stand the reduced fat (why bother even eating peanut butter) and I’ve never even SEEN the plant protein version. (Isn’t a peanut a plant? Isn’t all peanut butter plant-based protein?)
So I wasn’t in a panic very long but it was enough to get my heart going a bit.
Any good recall stories?