The recent food recall of Nature Valley’s granola bars in the US only goes to show how quickly dangerous and infectious bacteria like E.coli and Listeria can cause havoc… But it also highlights just how ‘safe’ so-called health foods are…
It starts with a little stomach pain… and then comes the sweating.
Next thing you know, you’re scrambling to find the nearest bathroom.
You feel like death warmed over…but it’s not the flu. It may not even be from that burrito you had at lunch.
If recent headlines are any indication, your symptoms might be coming from something you ate right out of your own kitchen cupboard!
And this time around it was a rather massive food recall – and this one seemed to get bigger and bigger with each passing day.
First, General Mills voluntarily withdrew 10 MILLION POUNDS of flour after 38 people across 20 different states in the US fell ill with E. coli. Ten of them got so sick that they had to be hospitalised.
Sure, there’s a chance that some of those people may have “accidentally” licked a spoon covered in raw batter. But since there’s no way to know for sure, the company pulled its Gold Medal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchens brands of flour from store shelves.
Then, just a few days later, the story got even worse. General Mills issued another recall – this time, pulling various versions of its Nature Valley granola bars because of a possible Listeria contamination.
There were no confirmed illnesses associated with the second recall, but the Chewy Protein Bars and Simple Nut Bars might’ve contained sunflower seeds that had been recalled in May. So, better safe than sorry, as they say.
By doing so, General Mills joined other widely-available brands that have recalled items that could contain contaminated seeds.
Make no mistake: This food recall was a big deal. We’re talking about granola bars, here – a dry food product that’s supposed to be wholesome and healthy, not something you’d think could “spoil.” Bars like this are practically the calling card of supposedly “healthy” people… out on the trail… riding their bikes… enjoying “nature.”
The problem is, those bars don’t really “come straight from nature,” as their labels would have you think. Any bar that’s been processed in a factory, sliced by a machine, and packaged in a “metalised flexible laminate material” isn’t natural.
If you follow the ““back to basics” approach to eating a Paleo Diet, you’ll steer clear of many of the foods that get recalled because what you’re eating is never processed (and generally doesn’t include flour).
Yes, nuts and seeds are good for you – but ditch the grains and the sugars and whatever they use to bind those bars together and just grab a handful of the real thing.
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illnesses, so if you do get sick, keep a close watch of your symptoms. Drink plenty of fluids, as it’s important to stay hydrated while you “flush” everything out of your system.
And if you experience a fever, dizziness, or a sharp drop in blood pressure, see a doctor immediately.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
E. coli outbreak prompts massive General Mills flour recall, cnn.com/2016/05/31/health/general-mills-flour-recall/index.html
General Mills recalls Nature Valley bars over Listeria concerns, pennlive.com/food/index.ssf/2016/06/general_mills_recall_nature_va.html
Clif Bar snacks join list of recalled items with sunflower seeds that may be contaminated, foxnews.com/health/2016/06/06/clif-bar-snacks-join-list-recalled-items-with-sunflower-seeds-that-may-be-contaminated.html
KASHI RECALLS BARS OVER SUNFLOWER SEED-LISTERIA LINK, infowars.com/kashi-recalls-bars-over-sunflower-seed-listeria-link/