Another Food Recall

Well, it’s happened again:  another food recall.  This time the recall is with Nestle’s Toll House Cookie Dough.  According to FOX News, 69 people in 29 states are sickened with e coli symptoms, all having consumed this cookie dough raw.  The FDA confirmed that recent tests found e coli in the dough.

 

So my question is this:  is it really that hard to make your own cookies from scratch?  Because when you do, you not only save money but you take control of what you eat.  Have you checked out the ingredients of Nestle’s Toll House Cookie Refrigerated Dough lately?  When you buy a processed food you get a lot of ingredients you wouldn’t normally choose to eat.  Here are the ingredients for Nestle’s refrigerated cookie dough, cut and pasted from their website:

 

INGREDIENTS: NESTLE TOLL HOUSE MORSELS (SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE [SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR]), BLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, MARGARINE (PALM OIL, WATER, SUNFLOWER OIL, HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, VEGETABLE MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BETA CAROTENE COLOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE ADDED), WATER, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, MOLASSES, EGGS, EGG YOLKS, BAKING SODA, SALT, CORNSTARCH, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, VANILLA EXTRACT, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR

 

Do you have some mono- and diglycerides in your pantry that you just picked up from the local chemist?  What about sodium benzoate?  Did your kids make some in their chemistry lab and bring the extra home for dinner?  And just what are corn syrup solids?  Why do cookies need sodium aluminum phosphate?  You know people wear safety goggles when they concoct these types of things in the lab! Do you really want to eat them? And don’t get me started on vanillin – an artificial flavoring derived from wood pulp.  Have you been near a pulp mill and smelled the sickening smell it gives off?  Well that slurry of smelly waste has been put to good use – flavoring your children’s treats.

 

“Welcome home from school, Junior!  Mommy has a special bowl full of sodium benzoate just for you!”

 

“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you for keeping your room clean this week.  We’ve saved all the mono- and diglycerides just for you!”

 

Um, no.

 

Now compare the above list to this one:  butter, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips (note: Ghirardelli uses real vanilla in their chocolate chips, but Hershey’s and Nestle use vanillin).

 

The difference in the two is striking, isn’t it?

 

It takes a little more time to mix up the ingredients for home made chocolate chip cookies than it does to slice and bake, but my bet is that after considering what is in the slice and bake variety you’ll be much more willing to make the time to bake your own.  

 

Who do you trust to feed your family?

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4 thoughts on “Another Food Recall

  1. Scary isn't it? We have always provided our family with fresh produce and I try to make cakes and such from scratch, but frequent recalls on food has encouraged me to make even more from scratch. I've even been looking into making our own detergent, soap, toothpaste and shampoo. Don't know if any of them work well, but I'm certainly looking in to it.
    As far as the cookie dough, that's easily made from scratch and frozen for later indulgence! As soon as I get my hands on some peanuts we'll make our own peanut butter, too.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Loretta

  2. sodium benzoate is a preservative that is used, among other places, in baby wipes to keep them from mildewing in the box!

    mono and diglycerides are yet another form of trans fats!

    sodium aluminum phosphate is the chemical name for baking powder but the aluminum is a questionable ingredient. Aluminum-free baking powder is easily available such as Rumford brand

    Publix store brand chocolate chips use real vanilla!

  3. Because I was curious I looked up sodium benzoate and found these two things on answers.com:
    "because it is poisonous, the concentration is limited by law to 0.1%."

    Professor Jim Stevenson from Southampton University, and author of the report, said: "This has been a major study investigating an important area of research. The results suggest that consumption of certain mixtures of artificial food colours and sodium benzoate preservative are associated with increases in hyperactive behaviour in children.

  4. This is great — and explains why cookies taste so very different when you make them from scratch. Strange that Nestle didn't bother following their own recipe.

    Kim

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