Sunday, December 14, 2008

Poison Pancakes

I've gotten this one a few times now. Apparently everyone likes to buy pancake mix but no one likes to make it into pancakes? People--we're in an economic crisis. Spend your money on stuff you will eat, and eat what you spend your money on. So gross. ---PEF

Can I say WOW!?!


A student at HBHS had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom
(registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed
to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this
time and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him
to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the
nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and
worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying.
Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates
on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time
develop spores.

WARNING ABOUT Pancake Mix (and other boxed mixes)

(maybe you already know this, I DID NOT !!) Talk about frightening. ...

Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix you have in your home, PLEASE! If you
don't believe me, read this article and then follow the 'Link' below to
SNOPES. Sorry to be the Grim Reaper of bad news, but I would rather have you
ALIVE, besides a $2.00 box of pancake mix is NOT worth your life.

P. S. You might want to tell this to your children, grandchildren, nephews,
nieces and anyone else who keeps pancake mix in the cupboard.


From Snopes: cause of death due to anaphylaxic shock reaction to molds. I
recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy
14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they
tasted 'funny,' but ate t hem anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having
difficulty breathing and his lips began turning purple. I gave him his
allergy pill, had him sit on the sofa and told him to relax. He was wheezing
while inhaling and exhaling. My husband, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT,
heated up some water, and we had my son lean over the water so the steam
could clear his chest and sinuses. Soon, his breathing became more regular
and his lips returned to a more normal color. We checked the date on the box
of pancake mix and, to my dismay, found it was very outdated. As a reference
librarian at an academic institution, I have the ability to search through
many research databases. I did just that, and found an article the next day
that mentioned a 19-year-old male DYING after eating pancakes made with
outdated mix. Apparently, the mold that forms in old pancake mix can be

When we told o ur friends about my son's close call, we were surprised at the
number of people who mentioned that they should check their own pancake mix
since they don't use it often, or they had purchased it some time ago. With
so many people shopping at warehouse-type stores and buying large sizes of
pancake mix, I hope your readers will take the time to check the expiration
date on their boxes. Also, beware of outdated Bisquick, cake, brownie and
cookie mix.

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