Big J and I were talking over dinner this evening about how the current peanut scare is non-issue for us, and how funny it seems that we could totally disregard such a far-reaching product recall and still be 'safe' (since we would never have such products in our home anyway). For those who do not already avoid peanuts and products that contain (or may contain, or are made on equipment that also processes, or made in a facility that also processes items containing) peanuts, perhaps this is a peek into the life of someone who is allergic to peanuts. In our case, our family avoids peanuts and peanut products to ensure Miss M's safety. For those who can't find their favorite cookie, candy, granola bar, frozen dessert, meats, or even dog treats, you are unfortunately getting a taste of what PA (peanut-allergic) folks experience every day. You aren't making a conscious choice to avoid those items, they just aren't on the shelf in your grocery store right now. We aren't making a choice to avoid those items, either. It's not a choice for us; it's a requirement.
I feel little on a soapbox, which is certainly not my intent. My desire is simply to share an observation - unusual as it may be.
Update 1/30/09: I'm not the only one who thought about it from this perspective.