Thursday, June 17, 2010

Uh Oh SpaghettiOs!!

Campbell Soup Co. has issued a recall of more than 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Paris, Texas, leaving the meat undercooked. This, of course, makes one wonder how long the tripe flavored meatballs need to cook. The USDA said there are no reports of illnesses associated with the product and a company spokesman indicated that the company has received no customer complaints to date. That's not surprising, really, because anyone who eats SpaghettiOs likely has a stomach made of cast iron.

Having a cast iron stomach myself, I often took cans of the stuff on camping trips. As a teenager, I'd throw the cans into the fire and pull them out when I thought they had been cooked enough. Once I reached adulthood, I didn't even bother cooking them and just ate them cold. When eaten cold, SpaghettiOs have a vague soapy taste to them, which is probably due to the Glycerin from the canned vegetable content. I still eat SpaghettiOs occasionally, usually with Tobasco and find them somewhat tasty and filling. Though, in light of the recent recall news, I'm inclined to start referring to them as SalmonellaOs.

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