Monday, July 16, 2012
NEEDLES AND MARKER PENS IN FOOD
Needles in turkey sandwiches served on four Delta Airlines flights! Yes, that is the latest food horror story to hit the news . All originated in Amsterdam and were prepared by the same catering company. Here's another reason for packing your own on-board lunch.
But that's not all the weird things turning up in food this week. Morgan Foods, Inc., of Austin, Indiana in the U.S. had to recall almost 100,000 pounds of corn chowder soup products because two consumers found pieces of a marker pen in their soup. The recalled soups were distributed to retailers in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Personally, I find the idea of chewing on marker pens a lot less scary than biting into a needle. But you certainly don't need this extra flavoring.
Such odd things turn up all the time (see my previous post on "foreign bodies" in food - 6/14/12). There are basically two ways they get there: by accident or because they were planted in the food. I would guess that the marker pen belonged to the first (accident) group. As for sewing needles? I bet they were put there on purpose in order to cause harm. No, not a nice thought.
To your good health,