Last Saturday, I went to Kroger and bought among other things a cantaloupe. I brought it home and put it on the kitchen table. Bill kept saying that I should cut it up. The reason he didn't do it himself is because I am a cantaloupe cutting-up expert--really. But I am also lazy. So, there it sat, and after a while I noticed that it was not looking very nice and I threw it away.
This evening, I got an automated call from Kroger saying that I "might" have bought a cantaloupe at Kroger between August 29 and September 8 that has been recalled. They knew this because I am a loyal Kroger customer and used my Kroger card when I purchased the item (that I "might" have purchased). I'm a procrastinator and wasteful, but at least I am loyal.
I'm wondering about the people who bought their cantaloupes on August 29. Did they get salmonella? Do some of them still have their two-week old cantaloupes moldering in the drawer of their refrigerator? Do people eat two-week old cantaloupes?
So, I'm not sure what kind of lessons we can draw from this, but I am grateful that I won't be spending the weekend in the hospital. I think I might pass on the cantaloupe for the rest of this season anyway. Not only is there a salmonella recall but they've recalled some for listeria, too. They say that listeria is dangerous for "older adults" and I do so wish they would say exactly what they mean by "older."