I've sure, Sisters and Brothers, you have all now heard and seen that Nestle has removed it's ready to bake products from stores because some people eating the uncooked cookie dough have gotten ill. While there is no excuse for any contamination of a product on the part of the manufacturer, I want to talk about consumer responsibility today.
Why? Not only are products being removed from shelves, products that some folks may really miss using, but this article from the Examiner warns that 200 jobs may be on the line as well. The Nestle products have a warning on them and instructions that say not to eat the dough uncooked. Now because some people feel the need to disregard these warnings and good old common sense, the company is losing revenue and people may lose jobs.
I'm sure someone out there is going to sue Nestle and frankly I think they should not win that suit unless they followed the product directions and got ill after baking them as instructed. If you want to make some homemade cookie dough and eat it raw, the consequences would rightly fall down on your own head. Isn't it about time that this applied to all circumstances in life? If you purposely misuse a product, choosing to not follow the directions the manufacturer has put on that product, aren't you the person responsible for what happens at that point?
Why should Nestle or their employees, many of whom have others dependent on their income, be punished for your choices? The government agencies that should be overseeing product safety need to do a better job and companies need to do better as well but I hope those folks don't lose their incomes or the issues ends up in court but those were be unjust in your Chocolate Priestess's rather strong opinion.
Yes, we need to hold business to high standards especially when it concerns consumer health but that never excuses the user from making wise decisions. Moderation and Purposefulness -- always think before you consume anything please.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.
If you are reading in the eastern half of the Midwest, don't forget The Chocolate Cult's first CONTEST.