I think we all crave validation. We want to hear from others that we are smart enough....pretty enough...talented enough...funny enough. I personally look for validation that I am a good mother. Luckily, I have a great husband who praises my efforts on a regular basis. But that doesn't mean I won't look for validation wherever I can get it - even if it's in the form of a catchy advertising campaign. That's right. "Choosy mom's choose Jif!" I hear this refrain each time I stand in front of the peanut butter selections at my local super Wal-Mart, and feel somewhat proud as I put that jumbo mega size jar of Jif in my basket. "Darn right I'm a choosy mom! Only the best for my kids!" Nevermind that everything else is my basket is the store brand. Maybe a few more national food brands should start stroking my ego and I'll cough up the extra $.75 cents I save by getting generic.
Turns out my slight neurosis has paid off, as this week jars of Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter have been recalled. Any jars that have a code imprinted on the lid beginning with "2111" should be returned to the store for a refund as there is a slight chance it's contaminated with salmonella.
Science lesson for the day: Here is what salmonella looks like as it invades human cells. Eww.
Unfortunately we found a half used large jar of Peter Pan with that exact number on the lid...fortunately noone here has appeared to suffer from any poisoning. If I send in my bad Peter Pan will they send me back some Jif?? :)
All the ladies were talking about the peanut butter recall this morning at Jazzercise, but I didn't press the issue to find out about it because I knew my peanut butter was almost gone at home and nobody in our house is sick yet. I just checked our peanut butter...turns out it is peter pan with the 2111 number stamped on top. Needless to say, I will be looking for some validation from good ole JIF next time I visit the grocery store.