One personal policy I have on Kitchen Cow is keeping things upbeat and positive. There’s already so much depressing news happening all over the world so I like keeping this blog a happy place where you can get your food fix. Still, this issue bothers me so much. I honestly still have mixed feelings about it. If you’re squeamish or eating food right now, please stop reading because this news is disgusting.
Local Philippine newspaper The Business Mirror reports that investigations are underway regarding the claims that an object, identified by the U.P. Los Banos laboratory as the “heart of a small mammal” that’s suspected to be from a rat was found in a pack of Del Monte Tomato Sauce.
The story goes that his wife cooked Spaghetti for lunch, using Del Monte Tomato Sauce they bought from the Puregold grocery in Imus, Cavite. The kids experienced stomach pains the next day so they were rushed to the hospital. The couple later discovered what appeared to be a small animal’s innards inside the pouch of tomato sauce.
This pack was pronounced contaminated by the above mentioned UPLB lab, saying that the protein levels in the tomato sauce were unusually high for a product that’s supposed to have no protein or zero protein level. This increase verifies the presence of the tissue samples. Other Del Monte tomato pouches belonging to the same batch were also tested and were showed to have added proteins, however, it was still the Bautista family’s pouch that had the highest levels.
Currently, the Bureau of Food and Drug (BFAD) is investigating Bautista’s claims, as he and his family are calling for the pull-out of that particular batch, BB08129IF8, from store shelves.
Personally, I take most things I read on the internet with a grain of salt, but there’s still that fear that it can be true. There’s always the chance that the product was contaminated after it was opened. Or it could even be a smear campaign against the brand. But the fact that other pouches used for testing (sealed I assume) also showed increased protein levels triggers a warning signal in my head. This is especially relevant because we’ve been loyal consumers of Del Monte products for ages, and it scares me that it can happen to anyone of us as well.
Please don’t just take my word for it. Read the actual report on Business Mirror’s Online edition so we may be better informed.
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