Food Safety

Two of these a day and no worries!

Two of these a day and no worries!

The European Food Safety Authority has said that 400 mg of caffeine per day is not a safety concern, WOO HOO! There is a 98 page draft assessment which you can peruse to get the details on caffeine’s effects on different age populations,


EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe.

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , 16-Jan-2015


Was kind of surprised to see that this particular company will be one of the first to fall victim to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) recently passed. There’s a good article available at Food Safety News. That’s not to say it’s not deserved, but, still the cost to the economy in Portales, NM is definitely a consideration.

If you want to see the full write up of findings at the plant, among other juicy tidbits, check out the link to the letter from Margaret Hamburg to Sunland here.

Finally some good information on arsenic in rice, and how we can effectively reduce the amount we consume can be found at:
Nutrition tip of the week: Is rice dangerous? – Hannibal, MO – Hannibal Courier – Post – Hannibal, MO

I know firsthand the pangs of remorse of having to throw out recently purchased food items after severe weather conditions. The fact is, the last thing you need after a huge natural disaster is some food-borne illness to top if off.If you are the victim of flooding, please check out this website on the food safety recommendations.

There also some good charts that can answer your questions on whether or not to throw out refrigerated or frozen items at

The chart for Frozen food and power outages can be found here. The chart for refrigerated food can be found here.

Much like America’s collective waistline, this peanut product recall is expanding at an alarming rate.

As of this past Friday, October 12th, the FDA announced that, Sunland Inc. was now recalling raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from 2 ounces to 50 pounds which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

One of several more peanut products added to the ongoing recall

The raw and roasted peanuts available to retail customers are distributed primarily under the company’s own label and were distributed primarily to produce houses and nationally to numerous large supermarket, grocery and retail chains.  The products also were available for purchase on the internet.

Peanut butter and other nut and seed spreads made by Sunland Inc. are distributed nationally under several brand names via supermarket chains and on the internet.

A list of all products being recalled by Sunland Inc. can be found in the company’s recall announcement.  

The following companies have informed FDA and the public of related recalls.

You may also access a  searchable database of press releases related to the Sunland Inc. recall here.

Also, I just spoke to a representative of Sunland, Inc and they confirmed that Smart Balance Peanut Butter is not part of this recall.

It was only 3 years ago I was posting about another peanut butter recall, which involved the Peanut Corporation of America. This time, the company is Sunland and is located in Portales, New Mexico.

The initial culprit was “Trader Joe’s Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter,” and now unfortunately, the recall had been expanded to include several products made by Sunland that are sold under different brand names across the country.

A comprehensive list of recalled peanut butters can be found on this FDA website. As is common with these types of recalls, they expand exponentially as it becomes clear that the plant also provides peanut butter products to other companies in the forms of cookies, etc. The new recalled brands are Gretchen’s Shoebox, Whole Foods Market and Fresh & Easy.

In this particular recall, people have fell ill with Salmonella, and to me that means I should pay attention. I don’t usually get wrapped up in the recalls, but, peanut butter is a staple in my house, and with young children you do have to be vigilant about this type of stuff.

Nutella is looking like a pretty good option right around now…

Finally, a one-stop shopping experience for all of your seafood related nutrition questions!

This website, Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices, was developed by researchers from Oregon State University, Cornell University, and the Universities of Delaware, Rhode Island, Florida, and California, along with the non-profit Community Seafood Initiative.

Some highlights for me are the topic of Mercury in Seafood, and the fish and shellfish nutrient composition chart.

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