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Bird's head reportedly found in can of beans
msnbc.com ^ | 18 February 2006

Posted on 02/18/2006 4:30:38 AM PST by Aussie Dasher

CHICAGO - A northern Illinois resident reported finding a bird’s head in a can of pinto beans, prompting a Chicago-based food company to announce a voluntary recall on Friday..

La Preferida Inc. said in a statement that it was recalling a limited number of its cans as a precaution. The company says the beans were canned by New Meridian Inc. in Eaton, Ind.

“There are still many unanswered questions, but we have decided to err on the side of safety,” said David Brand, La Preferida’s director of quality assurance.

The company is investigating to determine how the bird head got into the 15-ounce can, he said. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are also investigating.

Luz Marrufo, a 28-year-old nurse’s assistant, told the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb that she found the bird’s head Thursday while preparing breakfast for her three sons. She said she purchased the can at a grocery store in Aurora.

“I don’t think we’ll be eating beans for a long time, unless I make them,” Marrufo told the newspaper.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
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I'm aware of the importance of both protein and fibre, but haven't these jokers heard of the bird flu?
1 posted on 02/18/2006 4:30:41 AM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
...she found the bird’s head Thursday while preparing breakfast...

I think people who want beans for breakfast should rather eat bird's heads.

2 posted on 02/18/2006 4:35:03 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Progressives do not want progress....they want power.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Scam.

Guaranteed.

3 posted on 02/18/2006 4:36:00 AM PST by Jim Noble (And you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Bird heads bird heads
They're good for your heart

The more you eat bird heads...


4 posted on 02/18/2006 4:36:20 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Join the FR folding team!! http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=teampage&teamnum=36120)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Did he still have his KKK hood on?

Oh, I thought you wrote Byrd ... nevermind.

5 posted on 02/18/2006 4:42:10 AM PST by dread78645 (Intelligent Design. It causes people to misspeak)
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To: Jim Noble

A variation of the McKenzie brothers mouse in a beer bottle to get a free case. coo coo cooooo!!!!


6 posted on 02/18/2006 4:42:41 AM PST by xp38
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To: dread78645

You might fit a Byrd head in the can - but never a Lard Ass!!!!


7 posted on 02/18/2006 4:43:42 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
It was a can of Peck & Beans
8 posted on 02/18/2006 4:48:29 AM PST by SampleMan
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To: Aussie Dasher
“I don’t think we’ll be eating beans for a long time, unless I make them,”

Nevermore,Nevermore


9 posted on 02/18/2006 4:53:37 AM PST by csvset
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To: Aussie Dasher

Just send them the bill....


10 posted on 02/18/2006 4:53:58 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Just send them the bill....

Then they'll have something to crow about.

11 posted on 02/18/2006 4:59:56 AM PST by speedy
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To: SampleMan; Rennes Templar

"It was a can of Peck & Beans"

That was awful. I hope someone gives you the bird for that.


12 posted on 02/18/2006 5:02:58 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: speedy; yoe; Yaelle; writer33; Dysart; tnlibertarian; Squantos; SlowBoat407; Robert A. Cook, PE; ...
Oriole on this thread yet?

Freeper Freepun' PING!

13 posted on 02/18/2006 5:07:54 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Ever curious about the stuff that gets ground up with the wheat that ends up in your toast?


14 posted on 02/18/2006 5:11:12 AM PST by elli1
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To: LibertarianInExile

"A northern Illinois resident reported finding a bird’s head in a can of pinto beans"


Any relationship to the woman with the finger in the Wendy's chili?

That's my beekoncern. I don't think this is claws for alarm, so I'm not getting my feathers ruffled.


15 posted on 02/18/2006 5:12:32 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"Oh, no, no, no, ma'am. It's supposed to be in there, for flavor...you know, like the little piece of fat in a can of pork and beans."
16 posted on 02/18/2006 5:17:04 AM PST by RichInOC (Fortune you never want to see in your cookie: "That wasn't chicken.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Side order of Wendy's Chili would be nice. Would provide a finger on which the bird could perch.


17 posted on 02/18/2006 5:19:50 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (COLD PINK: Frigid Womyn For Peace)
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To: LibertarianInExile; Blurblogger; hispanarepublicana

Was it a cardinal sin for this company to do this? There's a flicker of hope they can get out of it. without major damage


18 posted on 02/18/2006 5:22:43 AM PST by speedy
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To: speedy

I doubt that--a settlement will probably be more than management will swallow.


19 posted on 02/18/2006 5:24:40 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Not Bush's fault???

20 posted on 02/18/2006 5:25:02 AM PST by King Moonracer (All your exploding-head-deities belong to us!)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Maybe she was preparing Cheese and Pinto bean Quesadillas?
21 posted on 02/18/2006 5:25:44 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: LibertarianInExile

Any settlement will have to be swift, or the press will rail on about this. You know how they love to grouse about stories like this.


22 posted on 02/18/2006 5:28:33 AM PST by speedy
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To: speedy; LibertarianInExile; Doctor Raoul; carlo3b; Diva Betsy Ross; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ...

For reasons of quality control, the chefs at the Freeper Canteen do not purchase vittles from "canaries" lacking high quality control. Even though contaminated food products can be had for a song, a few cents per serving is a mynah price to pay for one's health, in these days of One Bird's Flu over the Cuckoo's Nest.


23 posted on 02/18/2006 5:31:24 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Guess the folks in that cannery weren't keeping their eye on the sparrow...


24 posted on 02/18/2006 5:34:27 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Blurblogger

Mynah...good one BUMP!


25 posted on 02/18/2006 5:35:13 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: speedy

They'll probably parrot the 'evil corporation' line until the advertisers start cawing about it.


26 posted on 02/18/2006 5:36:44 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: Aussie Dasher
La Preferida recalls pinto beans after bird incident

By Chris Rickert - City Editor

DeKALB - La Preferida Inc. said Friday night it would recall a “limited number” of its 15-ounce cans of whole pinto beans after a DeKalb woman said she found a bird's head in a can of the beans.

The company promised to work closely with federal, state and DeKalb County health officials in investigating the incident.

Luz Marrufo of DeKalb reported finding the bird head in the beans to the Chronicle Thursday. She took the can to the DeKalb County Health Department at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, health inspector Christel Springmire said.

“It looks like a beak,” Springmire said. “It looks like the profile of a bird head.”

The 15-ounce can will be turned over to the Illinois Department of Public Health next week, she said.

La Preferida spokesman Patrick O'Connor stressed that no one has been injured and no other problems have been reported. Customers who turn in their cans will be given a full refund.

An official with the state health department's Rockford office who said he was not authorized to be quoted by name said the department would most likely have the can and its contents tested at a state lab in Chicago. Results from the test - including whether the alleged bird head is authentic - would then be turned over to the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The official said it would likely take several days to get the results of the test.

Springmire said she offered Marrufo a receipt for the item but Marrufo turned it down.

“She's just like, ‘What do I do?' and I said, ‘I don't know,'” Springmire said.

Marrufo told the Chronicle Friday afternoon that she had spoken with an attorney about the matter but that the attorney didn't think she had much of a case.

The state public health official said he had been under the impression that the alleged head had been found in a can of refried beans. Told that it was in a can of whole beans, he said foreign objects in that environment might survive the canning process with less damage.

Still, it's “highly unusually for a bird to get in there,” he said.

Springmire said David Brand, La Preferida's director of quality assurance, and Bill Strong, a public relations specialist working for the Chicago food company, were at the health department this morning waiting to see the can. They left before it was turned in, she said.

La Preferida is based in Chicago. The beans Marrufo bought were canned in Eaton, Ind.

The batch affected by the recall bears lot number 5348 MF and is marked with a “best by” date of Dec. 14, 2007.

A press release quoted Brand as saying a review of food safety procedures will be undertaken.

“There are still many unanswered questions, buxt we have decided to err on the side of safety,” he said. “We await the results of a more detailed analysis to help us ascertain how the object found its way into the can.”

He said the company has a 50-year history of food safety.

Managing Editor John Kelleher contributed to this report.

Chris Rickert can be reached at crickert@daily-chronicle.com. John Kelleher can be reached at jkelleher @daily-chronicle.com.

Source

27 posted on 02/18/2006 5:37:56 AM PST by csvset
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To: DainBramage; usmcobra

Ping a tad late--forgot to add you to the list!


28 posted on 02/18/2006 5:39:05 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: Blurblogger

One good tern deserves another, Blur. The company shouldn't just treat this as a lark; this lady may be a loon, but she will try to gull some big bucks out of them, much to their egret.


29 posted on 02/18/2006 5:42:25 AM PST by speedy
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To: Aussie Dasher

Huh,that's nuttin'. I once found a bean in my can of birdheads. Yuck!


30 posted on 02/18/2006 5:42:49 AM PST by Straight8
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To: Aussie Dasher

I'm giving this story the "Wendy's finger" till the facts play out.


31 posted on 02/18/2006 5:43:02 AM PST by patriot_wes (papal infallibility - a proud tradition since 1869)
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To: LibertarianInExile

Eye don't sea what the problem is....

She paid her bill at the store.


32 posted on 02/18/2006 5:44:46 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: LibertarianInExile

Better Buy -- Birdseye!

Those of us who are of a "certain age" will recognize this slogan and won't get the jingle out of their heads.


33 posted on 02/18/2006 5:46:29 AM PST by GadareneDemoniac
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To: speedy; LibertarianInExile

"much to their egret."


(GNASHES TEETH!) Why Didn't *I* think of that? That was truly a histork ally bad pun.


34 posted on 02/18/2006 5:49:07 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Bird’s head reportedly found in...

Well, Well, this could be another case of TROP just making headway with an animal rather than a human. Where is PETA?

35 posted on 02/18/2006 5:49:57 AM PST by C210N (Bush SPYED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: GadareneDemoniac

Now that little ditty will be flying around me all day.


36 posted on 02/18/2006 5:50:33 AM PST by Straight8
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To: Blurblogger; LibertarianInExile

High praise coming from you! Hope you won't be veery bittern about it.


37 posted on 02/18/2006 5:53:52 AM PST by speedy
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To: Aussie Dasher
I've never heard of finding one in a can of beans, although it is quite common to find them in birdseye frozen peas.
38 posted on 02/18/2006 5:57:18 AM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: speedy; Chena; Yaelle; Rennes Templar; Tijeras_Slim

"Hope you won't be veery bittern about it."


Well, my tailfeathers are somewhat ruffled at the moment.

I'll just take a deep breath and try not to lose my head (in a can of beans).

There. Things are just ducky. Ahhhhhh.


39 posted on 02/18/2006 6:02:25 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
SCAM>>>>>>>>SCAM<<<<<<<<>>>>>!
40 posted on 02/18/2006 6:03:17 AM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: speedy

"High praise coming from you! Hope you won't be veery bittern about it."

No, no, it's owl part of the thread. I B is fine with that pun as any other.


41 posted on 02/18/2006 6:03:21 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: speedy; LibertarianInExile

BTW did you get the terrible, TREBLE pun?

"That was truly a histork ally bad pun."


42 posted on 02/18/2006 6:04:27 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Beans for breakfast? UGHH


43 posted on 02/18/2006 6:04:27 AM PST by Casloy
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To: Blurblogger

They can tell if the bird's head was really in the can prior to it being opened!

If the head was part of the beans it will be saturated with the fliuds in the beans, not just coated with the fluids.


44 posted on 02/18/2006 6:06:08 AM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: Blurblogger; Robert A. Cook, PE; GadareneDemoniac; speedy

I'm surprised so few have ducked in, but I have to check out myself, heron the call of nature. And you know, wren nature calls...


45 posted on 02/18/2006 6:07:24 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: csvset
La Preferida Inc. said Friday night it would recall a “limited number” of its 15-ounce cans of whole pinto beans

Just the ones with bird heads in them?

46 posted on 02/18/2006 6:09:02 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Blurblogger

I just saw the one pun--and it's driving me raven mad that you are calling it a treble pun. Please explain.


47 posted on 02/18/2006 6:10:49 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: LibertarianInExile

historically
hysterically
his stork ally


48 posted on 02/18/2006 6:11:36 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Mojave
Yep. Heads only, no claws or wings, heads only.

I'll bet she's looking for the goose that lays the golden eggs.

49 posted on 02/18/2006 6:13:02 AM PST by csvset
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To: LibertarianInExile
Oriole on this thread yet?

I find this whole story hard to swallow.

50 posted on 02/18/2006 6:14:08 AM PST by SLB ("We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us." C. S. Lewis)
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