Monday, February 4, 2013


Often in our food system, one recall leads to another. As I have said before - If you want to really avoid contaminated foods, don't just avoid the food product that is being recalled. Instead, draw a wide circle around the product for a few weeks, and avoid these as well, to see what else turns up. It could be the same food item under a different label, an expansion of an existing recall by the distributor, producer or retailer or recall of foods that have been made with the recalled item.

So let's turn to Whole Foods Market. About a week ago it recalled whole-catch smoked Alaskan Salmon in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Utah. Some three days later, it expanded that recall to include an additional lot number and six more states.

Then it recalled various Circle Sea Salmon Lox Trim sold in Oregon and Washington state stores. Wonderful-sounding ones such as Gravlox Cream Cheese Spread, Bagel Half with Lox Cream Cheese w/Capers and Whole Bagel with Lox Cream Cheese with Capers.

All this in the space of a week. Three recalls.

Will there be more recalls of potentially Listeria contaminated foods by this health-conscious store? I wouldn't be surprised.

To your good health,


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