Hi there! It’s Saturday as I write to you. This morning Kyle and I did our, “you walk the dogs and I’ll go get groceries” deal. He knows how much I don’t like grocery shopping and after getting bit by mosquitoes 5 times on the hand in just a couple of minutes while taking the dogs out for morning business….he’d rather not open his body for more of that. Mosquito bites on the hands are the worst! Anyhew. I was looking at the receipt to make the deduction in our checkbook and saw those words you don’t want to see, “RECALL.”
Turns out some Nature Valley protein bars we had bought and have long since eaten were subjected to a recall because of Listeria contamination! Now the days of weakness and excess time in the toilet make sense!! Thanks a lot Nature Valley and Brookshires for letting us know AFTER THE FACT! It’s almost to the point you can’t eat anything anymore without getting sick from it. I think this is a reflection of something bigger than a simple bacteria!
What is listeriosis?
Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) bacterium. In pregnant women, the infection can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. Healthy adults and children sometimes are infected with L. monocytogenes, but they rarely become seriously ill. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy.
What causes listeriosis?
L. monocytogenes is found in soil and water.
•Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertilizer.
•Animals can carry the bacteria and can contaminate meats and dairy products.
•Processed foods, such as soft cheeses and cold cuts, can be contaminated after processing.
• Unpasteurized (raw) milk or foods made from unpasteurized milk can be contaminated.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. But infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness.
The price we are paying more and more for more and faster whether it be food or cars is….Recalls. Machines, programmed and managed as well as they can be are not human beings. We have replaced much of what used to be done by humans because it’s “cheaper” and “more efficient” but I have to ask with all the recall notices I see….is it really? What is a child lost to stillbirth because of contaminated food worth to a Mother? Hmmmmmm.
There is another element to this that isn’t talked about much and that is how the human employees that manufacture our food, cars and the things we use are treated! I think the products on the market show us an inconvenient truth. If there is no investment in the well-being of the employees that make “our world go” then we have contaminated food, we have unsafe cars, we have cheap and poorly constructed clothing. Employees that are treated well and have an investment in the goods and services they provide seldom put out protein bars that could kill someone or intentionally neglect to put an extra bolt or screw into a safety feature of a car. Yes, I believe pissed off employees will intentionally sabotage operations or be less diligent about their jobs out of spite! We see it in those You Tube videos taken in restaurants all the time! “So you don’t like my food?! Well f-u! I’m going to put a nice fat booger in your salad!”
Recalls are the manifestation of what we are doing to our labor force in this country and across the globe. You reap what you sow.