And here we are again, follks, with another food recall due to agribusiness and its foul ways. The recent nationwide deli meat recall has prompted Walmart to pull it’s prepared sandwiches off of the shelves due to a possible contamination (on the deli meat) of Listeria monocytogenes. Not exactly a condiment.

Honestly, the polluted food that is making its way through our nationwide food system isn’t going away. While it is commendable that Walmart pulled all of the tainted deli meat products swiftly off of the shelves, it doesn’t explain WHY the meat is tainted in the first place. That would involve actually investigating the filthy, factory-farming that produces most of our meat and dairy products in this country. Note to self–consumers may actually want to know how this happened, how the deli meat became unsafe to eat, but news articles are skirting around the issue. We wouldn’t want to aggravate agribusiness by once again pointing out that factory farming, inhumane treatment of animals and workers, and unsanitary conditions are the current backbone in the food industry.  Let’s instead watch a puppet show while we eat our convenience foods and wonder why we are experiencing “high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea” (from CNN article).

How about this gem: ‘ “Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy,” the USDA said.’

Mass-produced food sold today to consumers is absolutely different than the food that was manufactured and sold during my childhood. The nation is at risk because of poor practices, and our health is suffering. When does it end?

Note that the recall affects wrapped sandwiches and not individually-packaged cold cuts. Just and FYI–although it’s not like I feel like running out to buy myself some deli meat right about now.

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