Do you eat frozen pancakes? If so, you might want to check your freezer -- Aunt Jemima is recalling their frozen pancakes because they may contain soy protein. The affected varieties include oatmeal, buttermilk, buttermilk low fat, homestyle, confetti, and whole-grain. And they would be in cardboard cartons with "use by" dates between November 1, 2011 and October 16, 2012. So now you know.
In this case, the pancakes may have been made on equipment used to process other foods that do contain soy protein -- a case of cross-contamination. Some people are allergic to soy protein, so it's become important that foods that contain the stuff are labeled as such. Otherwise, off the shelves they go.
One of my sisters is allergic to soy protein and it's a big pain in the behind because soy protein is in all kinds of foods. You constantly have to check labels. And eating out is a little tricky, too, depending on where you go. Even then, you still get sick every once in a while because a little soy was hiding out somewhere in your food and you didn't know.
Of course, my sister has ended up just, you know, making her own food. I mean ... pancakes are super easy to make from scratch. It's not like waffles, which you need a special iron for -- all you have to do is crack an egg and stir together some flour, baking powder, and buttermilk. It's not rocket science. It hadn't even occurred to me that frozen pancakes are a thing.
Anyway, if you're not allergic to soy protein, congratulations. You can eat your frozen pancakes without suffering anything but the ennui one usually gets from eating pre-packaged frozen foods. Enjoy your breakfast!
Are you allergic to soy protein? Do you know anyone who is?
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