Spinach Recall: Part 2

August 29, 2007

It hasn’t even been a year since the Great Spinach Recall of 2006, and once again, spinach is being taken off the shelves:

A California produce company recalled bagged fresh spinach Wednesday after it tested positive for salmonella.

There were no immediate reports of illness linked to the tainted spinach, distributed by Metz Fresh LLC of King City, Calif. The recall comes nearly a year after an outbreak of another pathogen, E. coli, in fresh spinach killed three people and sickened another 200.

The recalled spinach was distributed throughout the 48 states and Canada and sold in both retail and food service packages. It covers 8,118 cases of spinach, although the company said more than 90 percent of that was on hold and would not be released.

While only a single sample from one of three packing lines tested positive for salmonella, the company said it moved to recall all the spinach packed that same day as a precaution.

The recall covers 10- and 16-ounce bags, as well as 4-pound cartons and cartons that contain four 2.5-pound bags, with the following tracking codes: 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314.

Consumers with questions can contact Metz Fresh at 831-386-1018.

Why don’t they just learn and permanently recall the fresh, bagged, canned, and seeds? It would save so much trouble.


HSTBS Opposes Pork-filled Iraq Bill

April 9, 2007

Congress plans to attach $25 Billion (with a B) in pork to the emergency war funding supplement bill. Of this $25 Billion, $25 Million will be going to spinach farmers that were hurt during the spinach e-coli scare.

Because of this (and other reasons like war timetables), we here at HSTBS urge you to contact your elected D.C. delegates opposing the current version of the bill and supporting a clean bill that can fund the efforts of our men and women who are putting their lives on the line for our freedoms.

Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson recently gave a good commentary on this bill while filling in for Paul Harvey.

“We’re Not Selling Brocoli”

February 24, 2007

See! The HSTBS+’ers are having an impact (and we didn’t even do a petition drive yet)! What a relief to know that someone is taking such a strong stand! Hopefully, they will take a stand like this on spinach, Brussels sprouts, cabbage…

I suppose I should say that the division-causing statement was said by Girl Scouts of the USA Vice President Denise J. Pessich regarding the almost trans fat free status of the famed Girl Scout Cookies.

HSTBS+ Blogroll

February 21, 2007

I got the HSTBS+ Blogroll started. This is a listing of bloggers who are self-identified Hypersensitive Taste Bud Syndrome Positive (HSTBS+). This syndromes effects can range from medium tasters all the way up to hyper-supertasters.

Please keep in mind that every blogger is responsible for the content, views, and/or opinions expressed on their blog, and they may not neccessarily reflect the content, views, and/or opinions of this blog, or it’s administrators, editors, authors, or readers.


February 21, 2007

A good way to start out in a support group is to know who you’re supporting. So, I figured that it would be a good idea to have an area where we can introduce ourselves, describe our symptoms and difficulties in life as a result of HSTBS.

I’m Scott, founder of the HSTBS Support Blog. Neil (your co-admin on this blog) sparked the idea in his blog post that has been getting a lot of attention as of late. I figured since we are probably scattered all across the fruited plain and beyond, it might be easier to start out online and we can grow from there.

I’ve always been labeled as “picky.” Even after citing the evidence to my parents, they still don’t buy it. I’m probably more of a medium taster (maybe even a high-medium) than a supertaster.  I can’t stand cooked spinanch  (though raw in a ranch dressing-coated salad is OK). Broccoli is not my thing unless cooked and coated in Velveeta (which detracts the bitterness) or raw with plenty of ranch dressing  do dip it in. Soggy cereal is yucky. I hate mayo, but love ice cream. Strong coffee is bad, but with enough sugar and milk, it can be overcome. Carbonated beverages that are no longer carbonated are just plain bad. Fat on steaks and such must be thoroughly removed before consumption. Therefore, I firmly oppose “chewing the fat.”

Neil, tell us about your HSTBS life!

I’m not sure where I acquired HSTBS.  I was allergic to some basic things when I was young, including wheat and eggs, so that eliminated a lot of foods from my diet.  Maybe I just never acquired a taste for things.  Or maybe I’m just a pain to try and feed.   But I think it is most likely highly sensitive taste buds that detect bad taste where others don’t.

Fortunately, my parents didn’t make too big a deal out of it.  I ate tons of cereal growing up.  I had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day except two (literally – I remember the days) in elementary school. 

The biggest problem is that one of my daughters has HSTBS, so of course my wife blames me! 

People seem to find my choosy palate interesting, as it is a never-ending source of humor for them.  I went on a mission trips to Kenya in 2004 and 2005 and friends were afraid I would starve.  We took along plenty of “Neil foods” such as PB&J, granola bars, chips, etc. so I survived.

OK, now it’s your turn! Comment below with your intro! Remember, HSTBS+’ers can be of any age so keep your comments appropriate as such.

Hypersensitive Taste Bud Syndrome Support Blog

February 20, 2007

Detest the bitterness of spinanch and the fatty creamyness of mayonaise? We’re here for you and each other. If you’ve unjustly been called a picky eater all these years, you just might be HSTBS Positive.

Foundational Beginings (i.e., more info until we get up and running):