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25Feb/090

No Japan Trip for Me

I was supposed to leave on Saturday for a trade show in Japan to sell peanut butter.  I had looked forward to posting shots of the trip here.

What we've heard is that the Japanese have embargoed all US products containing peanuts.  This means we wouldn't be able to provide samples, and probably would be prohibited from even showing our product.

Given that we are about to see another flood of product called back because of the FDA's pursuit of product from PCA's Texas plant, the Japanese position seems sensible.  Who knows what will be on the FDA web site next?

Our Japanese retailers have been kind enough to contact Japanese officials and see if we can slip through this net, and we've provided the officials with assertions that we make peanut butter here from raw peanuts.  But the answer is no.  I'm disappointed, but I understand.

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