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Gah! My favorite protein bar brand, Detour, has sent me an email doing a voluntary recall of some of their product due to the fact that it may contain roasted peanuts from the company that sold the salmonella contaminated ones.

This was a voluntary recall, as nothing as shown that any of their product has caused anyone to get sick. I have to say, that was mighty nice of them.

Unfortunately, the serial numbers coincided with one box that we have already opened and mostly finished. I had to toss it, and I don't know when we'll be able to get more. That particular flavor is "backordered" everywhere. I think that they are erring on the side of caution and recalling everything at every store. And I really appreciate it. I don't know if other companies are doing anything like that, but this one is awesome. They even sent the the serial numbers to check on my bars.

So the bad news is that it will be a while before we can get our favorite bar. Marcellus suggested getting someting similar in a different brand. However, I don't know if the other brands have done any voluntary recalls. For the time being, I think I'll be sticking by the flavor that we ordered when everything was backordered, which is not on the list of potentially contaminated ones (Chocolate Creamy Peanut Butter), and which is a type we had not tried before. (Yeah, it's peanut flavored, but apparently the peanuts were from a different source.)

This bar is low sugar and actually tastes pretty good. Marcellus tried it when we had just gotten it and was not impressed. However, the bars had been sitting outside our doorstep for hours in the freezing cold (I order them by mail), and they were hard as a rock and nearly flavorless as a result. I had one this morning at normal temperature, and they are quite yummy.

And yes, I am sticking by Detour. Any company that emails their clients and does a voluntary recall, has earned my loyalty.



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Feb. 13th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Protein bars do not taste good. I am suspicious of any that do not require determination to finish.
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I agree with you in general, but these ones are actually pretty good. :-)
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Protein shakes are much better because you can guzzle them.
Feb. 13th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
I eat and drink both bars and shakes.

Man, I'm beginning to sound like Alice in Wonderland.

"Eat this"

"Drink this"

I wonder if the idea of a cookie and a bottle with elixir wasn't a reference to protein bars and shakes. Ohhhh, the miracles of modern technology!

I wonder if I will start growing taller or shrinking next . . .
Feb. 13th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Too late. You already ARE shrinking. It's called "Weight Watchers" ;-)
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Are you doing this as a meal replacement or a protein boost?

If it's the latter I strongly recommend New Whey Shots, they choke down pretty easy and have 0 fat and 0 sugar.

Which reminds me, it's payday and I need some.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
It's actually a protein boost. I usually use them as a morning snack, with tea. In the afternoon I choke down a protein shake as my afternoon snack. I like the ON Gold Standard Whey, Mocha-Capuccino flavor.

I've seen those shots, but haven't tried them.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
They aren't filling at all, but I despise the taste of bars and shakes, so they work well for me. They taste like kool-aid that you forgot to put enough water in. (very sweet)
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the thing with bars and shakes is that it helps me feel full. That is something I sorely need because it will help me stay away from other munchies while giving me what I want. So I use them for a double purpose.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Voluntary recalls make good business sense. Although a company can lose thousands of dollars by pulling perfectly good stock from the shelves, they can lose millions if the public thinks their product is unsafe. And the truth is that people just don't read, so it doesn't matter if none of their products were actually affected by salmonella.

Sometimes you have to give the people what they want by taking away what they want. =)
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
I asked Adam yesterday to avoid peanut products (he loves his peanut butter) until they sort out what all needs to be recalled. Scary stuff...
Feb. 13th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it. At least I know now which Detour bars I can eat safely, since they have published the ones (with barcodes) that might be unsafe.
Feb. 13th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
I don't trust that they know the full extent of the problem yet. The most recent factory is not the first factory where the salmonella occurred - just the same company.
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