Archive for the 'Hazardous to your health' Category


Monday, August 10th, 2015

Before I get to the real story here, I have to share Walmart’s response as to why one of the company’s Great Value ice cream sandwiches didn’t melt after 12 hours out-of-doors in a Southern Ohio summer. Here’s what Walmart spokescritter Danit Marquardt said: Ice cream melts based on the ingredients, including cream. Ice cream […]


Saturday, January 10th, 2015

I stopped shopping at Petco several years ago when I bought two bags of food that made all four of my dogs sick. I returned both bags to the store, making sure to preserve the lot numbers, and received a full refund. When the manager told a clerk to put the unopened bag back on […]

Jdimytai Damour’s death cost Walmart $7,000. Walmart won’t pay.

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Jdimytai Damour was the poor security guard who got trampled on Black Friday a couple of years ago. Walmart was fined S7,000 for the incident. That’s outrageous. The fine should have been much higher on principle. Nevertheless, Walmart won’t pay. Take it away NYT: Wal-Mart officials worry that if the OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health […]


Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Could be: An international visitor to… the Wal-Mart shareholders meeting may have brought in a infectious disease. The Arkansas Department of Health reported Tuesday that a visitor from out of the country had shown symptoms consistent with measles. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ah, the rule of unintended consequences (although in this case I doubt that Walmart gives a feck). Walmart is deeply discounting carbonated sugar water in advance of the Memorial Day kick off of summer and hoarders are going nuts. From Reuters: Price rollbacks on soft drinks at U.S. Wal-Mart Stores in time for the Memorial […]

“He started foaming at the mouth and his body turned beet red.”

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Snakebites at Walmart aren’t funny. And by the way, what exactly did that snake eat under that shelving?

Tritium? It’s a by-product of nuclear reactors.

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

All hail the most efficient company in the world!

New Food “Standards”

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

A group of the worst offending food purveyors has established nutrient “standards”. Among the group are Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Unilever and, of course, Walmart. Some Big Food Companies Adopt Nutrient Standards To qualify for a symbol, a product cannot exceed standards for specific ”nutrients to limit,” like total fat, […]

Tainted Food

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The milk scandal in China is just the latest in a steady stream of incidents concerning tainted or adulterated food products. The US learned this lesson a long time ago when the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed (1906). The big issue at the time was tainted meat as highlighted in the famous novel […]


Thursday, October 16th, 2008

The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that independent tests of bottled water found that Sam’s Choice Purified Water wasn’t all that pure. And that: Walmart’s… store brands, bore the chemical signature of standard municipal water treatment…. In other words, this bottled water was chemically indistinguishable from tap water. The only striking difference: the price tag. […]

Meat Packing (again)

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The excesses in the meat packing industry were one of the major reasons the original food and drug laws were passed – this all came to a head in Upton Sinclair’s novel “The Jungle”. A few weeks ago the big meat processor AgriProcessors was raided for immigration violations. Not only were there undocumented workers present, […]


Monday, August 4th, 2008

Update — 1816 5 August — From the Washington Post: Brian Grubbs’ wife purchased the peppers at a Wal-Mart store in Cortez, Colo., on June 26, according to the lawsuit. Grubbs eats them raw [Emphasis mine, JH] on sandwiches and said in the suit that within a few days he began experiencing diarrhea, vomiting and […]

I wonder if the pepper had a sign near it that said, “PRODUCT OF MEXICO.”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A breakthrough in a tainted food mystery has occurred in my neck of the woods: A pepper sold in Colorado has been linked to the salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 1,300 people in several states. The pepper, a jalapeno purchased from a Wal-Mart in Montezuma County around June 24th, was given to the state […]

Let’s talk tomatoes.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Food safety is a top priority at Wal-Mart. When have we heard that before? This time, it’s the Wal-Mart statement on tomatoes tainted with salmonella. Of course, Wal-Mart has pulled all the affected varieties, just like the salad chain I went to yesterday for lunch. I don’t begrudge them that. However, what’s worth pointing out […]


Sunday, May 25th, 2008

But not the human kind. In the past we’ve written about about people bitten by snakes at Wal-Marts. Now it appears that another illegal immigrant threat is making a reappearnace at Wal-Marts. From Huntington, W.Va.’s WSAZ television: A trip to Wal-Mart turned into a trip to the hospital for the Templeton family. A scorpion from […]