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This Post is for Dads – Like Barack Obama and Tom Vilsack

So, I know how (imagine how) the President spent his day – security briefings and then trying to fix the banking, health care, automobile, employment and environment messes.  Other Dads?  Doing their day jobs – blue collar, white collar, service or manufacturing – all putting in a day’s work.  Me, I spent the day – again away from my kids – this time with yet another family of a client needlessly, horribly, and for their child, her life devastated because she ate a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.  A product inspected by the USDA/FSIS.

Then I got this test message from my thirteen-year-old daughter:

“Hey Dad, have you gotten any Hannah Montana Granola Bar Clients?”

Seriously, the recent peanut butter Salmonella outbreak has touched Hannah Montana peanut granola bars for God’s sake.

You must admit, I am unique. How many fathers – including the President or the Secretary of Agriculture – sadly get a message like that?

So, the details: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its list of recalled products.

Disney Hannah Montana – Peanut Chocolate Granola Bar
Boxes of 6 or 18 bars, 22 g each – 0 53847 20587 9 * – 0 53847 24451 9 * – 0 53847 20610 4 * – 1H001 through 3H365 – 1J001 through 3J365 – 1K001 through 3K029.

Sorry Hannah. However, you should be thankful you do not live in China. In one of its recent regulations, individuals who recommend food in advertisements are legally liable for damages if the product is later found to be unsafe. Celebrities are widely believed to be directly targeted by the provision.