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Nov 24 2008

Food safety

So yesterday’s post/rant on gluten free living came out more as rant on food safety, and less on how we’re dealing with living gluten free. For the most part, it’s not that tough. When I’m cooking at home, I have a vague idea of what to cook and what not to do. Bonus points! When eating out, it’s more hit or miss. No bonus points! In my quest to find what is safe and what isn’t, I happened across the US Food Safety website, and signed up for the recalls email list. At least I’ll have a stronger chance of finding out what has been recalled and why.

(Note: I didn’t really stumble across this. I’m on an email list from Ideal Bite and got it from them…I think. Sign up for the general email list, and then also the list for your local community. For the Denver email today I learned where I can take Princess the PMSing Laptop to be recycled when I get tired of her shenanigans. Good thing to know, since she may be going there by this weekend if she doesn’t start moving a little faster!)

Food safety affects all of us. One of the most recent ones had blue plastic bits in a frozen meal. Um, ick. Others we have heard about have been poisonous dog food (and oy, I just started buying Rosie’s food at the natural foods store. Hey! She had a seizure and we still don’t know why, and she needs to lose 10 pounds. Health food it is.), e coli scares, you get the idea. It’s not just unmarked allergens.

So today I soldier on. I have a post done for NaBloPoMo (really, I’m stunned that I have kept up with this. And it gets easier every day to write something. Duh, you think I’d know by now that the more you do something the easier it gets!). The boys are cleaned and fed. I’m fed, not cleaned. Yet. Dinner is in the crockpot (if you haven’t checked out A Year of Crockpotting, shame on you! Great recipes and happen to be gluten free. Love her), the to-do list is going to be ignored today (mostly) so I can clean and play in my scrapbook room, and holyhelltheboysareoutofschoolthiswholeweekwhatamIgoingtodowiththem????? Eh, my parents will be here tomorrow night and in the meantime it’s nice enough outside to throw them out on the blacktop.

While I try to figure out more of this whole gluten free thing.

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3 comments

  1. mrsvierkant

    Food safety… Yeah, it is scary. I hate eating out nowadays. Sometimes it is necessary, and I just don’t like to do it. Ick…

  2. Heather

    Hello,

    My son is allergic to soy, peanuts, eggs, wheat and dairy, so I am always worried about what is really safe and what isn’t.
    I started a website http://www.spewdfree.com to help other people who have food allergies. SPEWD Free has allergy friendly recipes and an allergy blog where I post food recalls.
    Thanks,
    Heather

  3. kim/hormone-colored days

    I’m on a email alert list for STOP- afe tables our priority- they are concerned with listeria, e.coli and the like. It’s a bit disconcerting that I receive alerts (usually 3 stories per alert) at least 3-4 times/week.

    There’s a new vegan/gluten free restaurant on Chicago’s far north side, near Lincolnwood. I’ll look for the name for you. In case you want to check it out.

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