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Mar. 8 2010 - 5:55 pm | 331 views | 1 recommendation | 4 comments

Procter & Gamble issues recall order on two Pringles flavors

Pringles (German sausage)

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Some people really like Pringles, I know. But they’re kind of nasty. Reformed material that is potato chip-like, and less than 50% potato content. I mean, c’mon, let’s be serious. Gross.

So when I hear there’s some salmonella in them, I’m not surprised. You know what they say: Once you pop, you can’t stop (puking).

So we have a recall. And when they include flavors like the following, well, let’s just say you’re asking for trouble.

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), in response to a recommendation from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the food industry, announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps as part of an industry ingredient recall to protect consumers from potential Salmonella exposure. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness in relation to these products.

Cheeseburger flavored chips? Hope those burgers were well done before they were magically transformed into potato crisp seasoning. And Taco Night….why don’t you just go and get a taco?

Glad I don’t eat Pringles. Get me some freshly cooked kettle chips any day of the week. Then again, I’d rather have fries. We had a debate here on True/Slant a long while back (see Mike Hess’s blog post on the best flavor of potato chips) in which I argued that chips are what you eat when you can’t get fries.

I was mocked for it.

Now I am vindicated.


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    This article is so wrong.
    Yes, you have a clear bias against Pringles.
    And potato chips in general.
    While not arguing the merits (or demerits) of chips, here is your fallacy.

    What you are missing is there is a NATIONAL recall of a food additive. The food additive recall is linked here:

    As you can see, it mostly affects salad dressing, soup mixes, chip dips, and the like.

    PG is imply complying with that recall.

    I’ll quote the important part of the article for you: “The additive, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, is used in thousands of foods”.

    Thousands. Of. Foods.

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    I’m not wrong, I’m ‘imply’ joking around. But you’re right, I have a clear bias against Pringles. When will the MSM put away it’s anti-Pringles bias and get back to fair and balanced reporting of the news?

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    “The additive, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, is used in thousands of foods”.

    That explains it. I didn’t think there was anything in Pringles or Cheese Doodles or Twinkies that was natural enough to even remotely entice salmonella. I thought salmonella was a gourmand compared with the average American.

    I am quite disappointed in salmonella.

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      Unless you eat fully organic foods, this additive is probably in something you already consume. It can be called “natural flavor” or “flavor enhancers” or other such nonsense.

      I apologize to the author. I didn’t mean that the article was “wrong” factually, just that it “wrong” in singling out Pringles as the distribution point of salmonella. The real distribution point is the crap additive that they stick in so many foods.

      If anything, I applaud PG’s move to voluntarily (as this is not a mandated FDA recall) remove affected Pringle flavors from shelves. I wouldn’t eat them… but to each their own!

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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