Skip to comments.Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico
Posted on 03/29/2014 10:07:18 PM PDT by kingattax
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.
Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.
"We considered all options," Coll said. "They didn't agree."
MelindaJoy Pattison, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, on Friday called the dumping of the peanut butter "horrendous." She said as long as there was nothing wrong with the peanut butter, her operation would have found a way to store it, remove the labels and distribute it to the people who depend on the food bank.
"Those trucks carrying it to the dump went right by the front door of my food bank," she said. "It wasn't like it would have been out of the way."
Pattison said peanut butter is a major source of protein and a staple for hungry people. Her food bank places single-serve peanut butter cups in packages it gives to children whose parents rely on its services.
"For it to just be deliberately thrown away is disappointing," she said.
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Sounds like another socialism success story.
Peanut butter ain’t cheep nowadays!
When a government rules by tyranny, someday they will be dumping more than peanut butter in the landfill.
This is due to the very real fear of lawsuits, nothing more.
What a shame.
The city or state could have taken custody of the peanut butter and then given it to food banks etc to distribute to the needy.
Gutless liberals and stupid businesses are what are wrecking this country.
Aw nuts... sounds like a sticky mess.
I always have a jar on the shelf, but the last time I purchased a jar of a well known brand of peanut spread! I never knew such a thing existed! I never thought to read the label, and I am a regular label reader!
to remove the labels strikes me as underhanded.
I prefer the natural stuff made in Santa Cruz with no chemicals.
“Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico”
The labels don’t mean anything ... since that plant would slap any label on there that you wanted - if you paid them ... :-) ...
..which would be dishonest at the very least
Exactly. They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
In case you didn’t know it, different labels are slapped on product all the time for whomever wants to pay for it. That’s very normal business practice.
Imagine the outrage on the left if it was Walmart instead of the unionized Costco.
Check a lot of food labels. You will see “distributed by” instead of “manufactured by”, next to the company name. That’s because they don’t make the product any more, somebody else does it for them. Or it might say “packed by”.
Many foods that used to be made by the company named on the front of the package, are now contracted out.
“Check a lot of food labels. You will see distributed by instead of manufactured by,...........
And what you may sometimes see is the products came from China. Many of those “distributed by” fall into that category. You buy and consume China’s crap everyday and may never know it.
Wait until that melts in the hot summer. The oil will leak into the earth and lubricate faults and bring on an enormous earthquake!
I bet that stuff would burn well. All that “natural” renewable energy gone to waste.
Not only food products but a lot of manufactured products.
I had the four wheel drive transfer case motor go out on my F150. Same company, same motor, same warrantee one was ford for 350.00 other after market for 170.00.
It is always wise to shop around.
Standard business practice.Called private labelling.Place a large enough order and the factory or processor will put YOUR NAME on the items.In the 1960s the cannery in Sunman ,Indiana processed an enormous amount of tomatoes which might go out as a&P ketchup one day and Brand X catsup the next! One run was landfilled when it failed quality tests,and the store chain didn’t want it to ruin their reputation.
When tomatoes weren’t being processed,soft drinks were, and for clients large and small.
The insanity is spreading ‘round the world like rancid peanut butter in a Michelle Obama approved grade school chow hall.
Gutless liberals? They are all gutless in the NEW one party system. Just my not humble opinion.
Anybody who eats it and gets a tummy ache would be suing them.
And God forbid if anyone really got ill.
I had to oversee the destruction of several different products in my years of food manufacturing. The most frivolous was a food bar that had the wrong packaging and an ice cream that was made without any dye. The most serious was possibly salmonella contaminated product.
In the first two cases we turned a blind eye to workers taking some home. In the last case we made sure it was no longer edible by pouring massive amounts of bleach over the stuff.
Sometimes you can sell it for pig food. In this case I don't know if that possibility was explored. But giving away possibly contaminated product? Everyone in food processing remembers Bil Mar Foods. 15 people dead and six miscarriages.
Nobody wants a repeat.