Millet Mess, FDA, Food

After many phone calls, I spoke with someone in the FDA.  I found out the following:

1.)  Even though you see product sell by, expiration dates, etc. on almost all products, this is voluntary information provided by the company.  It should be a law, but it is not.

2.)  If there is no expiration date and the food is expired when a customer buys it, there is nothing that the FDA can do.

3.)  The power of the pocket book is the only way to maintain voluntary information from a company.  That is, if you don’t see an expiration date, do not buy it.  Buy products that have not only an expiration date, but several codes which might indicate source, packaging and other data necessary to track down potential sources of food contamination.

4.)  If you have a problem with a food, immediately contact the company and provide as much information as you have about their product, any health problems you or your pets experienced, etc.  Don’t throw away the food.  Don’t throw away the package.  You need to store it as any other food of that type, but keep it tightly wrapped.  After the company, or a medical doctor requests a sample of the product, then it’s OK to throw the food away.  You have your photos and all other documented communication.  Wrap the food tightly again, and wear a mask if you think you might inhale any spores or fumes while you dispose of it.

5.)  If you are tired of throwing out your romaine lettuce, you might want to contact your elected officials to write mandatory compliance laws to provide food history information on all products that are produced or sold in our country.  That would mean all food including food used by restaurants, hospitals, schools, etc.  Help the FDA do a better job of protecting us.


Bob’s Red Mill Millet

Haven’t had time to blog much lately.  My parrot needs antibiotic liquid each day.  No way to tell if his infection was caused by the spicy hot and bitter tasting millet flour that I used to make his bird cookies (which I also ate.)

If you have had any problems with any millet flour from any company, please contact that company immediately.  You will need to send them a sample.  If you have the manufacturing information on the side of the package, please email that information to them, but keep your package.  I have not thrown mine away.

Bob’s Red Mill considers myself, my mother, and my sick parrot as only one complaint.  They requested a sample from the batch in order to smell it, then, store it in the event anyone else complains.  They refused to put the sample under a microscope.  They stated to us that they are not allowed to taste the sample.  You, the unsuspecting public, are their tasters.

There is so much more I would like to say about this, but I don’t have the time.  The above is the essential information that you need, if you have any problem with any food for yourself or your pets.

The White Coat and the Lunch Box

Recently, our daughter received her white medical coat, and she is on her way to achieving her dream of being a veterinarian.

Across the world, many people are entering dental, medical, or veterinary school, and preparing to work diligently morning, noon, and night to understand the overwhelming amount of information being presented to them. Lab courses can run into the early evening and study at the library sometimes lasts until closing time for many students.

With the size of a lunch box and no refrigeration, this presents some challenges to keep the food interesting. I am thinking about a world theme menu, and searching the Internet for recipes. For example, there could be sushi for a Japanese lunch, kimchi, for a Korean lunch, and shish kabobs for a Greek lunch. Certainly, most young children in this country might not appreciate wasabi, seaweed, spicy hot and sour kimchi, or be trusted to eat meat and vegetables from a pointed object. But I thought these mind and body health strengthening foods might be just the type of easily packed lunch box items for a young adult.

Is there someone out there who has tried to pack an adult box lunch for themselves, or for their family? Do you have any thoughts about this? Please send in a comment, even it it’s just packing suggestions. All help will be appreciated.