March 9, 2008: Aunt Jemima Gives Bad Recall Advice

Quaker Oats Company has indicated that the Aunt Jemima Pancake and Waffle mix subject to recall was shipped to 17 states including Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Kansas and Utah.  Consumers in these states should check their pantries for the recalled product.

In a firm press release announcing the Aunt Jemima recall, Quaker Oats provided consumers with the following information:

There is very low risk of illness when preparation directions on box are followed and product is not consumed raw or undercooked. Salmonella bacteria is killed at a temperature of 160° F.

Wrong!  In an effort to protect their customers, Quaker Oats should have warned “Please do not consume the mixes which are subject to recall.”  Their press release implies that there is a somewhat safe way to use this product, i.e., there is a “low risk of illness” if directions on the box are followed.  There should be no risk of Salmonella food poisoning or illness when using Quaker Oats products.  (And, is there really a way to determine that the internal temperature of a pancake has reached 160° F?) 

But there is another serious food safety issue that Quaker Oats needs to consider, namely, cross contamination.  Making pancakes is a messy operation.  The powdery, dry mix spills while being measured and raw batter drips on its way to the griddle, posing the threat of cross contaminating kitchen surfaces with Salmonella

So Quakers Oats, just take the extra safety step – warn consumers that they “should not consume the recalled mixes.”

For a list of recalled mixes, please see the article below, Aunt Jemima Recall, or visit our additional website

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