That’s not rice, and it certainly isn’t egg shells
Everyone knows that a hearty bowl of chicken soup helps cure what ails you. But in the case of at least four patients at hospitals in Northern California, a lunchtime bowl of hot soup stopped them cold.
On Feb. 10, these unfortunate souls found glass fragments in chicken soup served at separate Kaiser Permanente facilities.
Thankfully, no harm came to the patients who ate the soup, according to Kaiser Permanente.
FoodService Partners of California prepared the soup in South San Francisco, Calif., and delivered it to the hospitals. The company produces more than 2.5 million meals for customers each year.
“The source of the problem was an accident that occurred at the commissary during the production process,” Bob Dunn, FoodService Partners president, says in a written statement. “The problem related to one particular soup prepared on one particular day. The batch was identified.”
Kaiser Permanente is contacting about 1,400 patients by letter to inform them of this “unusual and very low risk occurrence,” officials say. The Oakland, Calif.based managed-care giant did not name the hospitals that served the glass-laden soup. The California Public Health Department is investigating.
“According to our gastrointestinal specialists, the risk of harm from this incident is extremely low,” Kaiser Permanente officials say in a written statement, “as the vast majority of any small foreign bodies ingested—even glass fragments—pass through the body within two to three days without complications.” during the promotion. But, even if they perform only half that many, “at least we got our name out there,” he adds, noting that the volume of patients seeking elective procedures is down. Mammen acknowledges that his practice’s promotion is not original, and they took the concept from the Oregon Urology Institute in Eugene, which presented the idea at an American Urological Association conference. No one from the OUI was available to say how successful their Snip City promotion has been, but they’ve been doing it since 2008. The practice group’s multimedia campaign includes a brochure calling on tournament watchers to “lower their seed” and a radio ad with an actor impersonating hyperactive basketball announcer Dick Vitale urging listeners to schedule their vasectomy right before the tournament and “Bingo! You got four days off.”
While CBS brings you the Big Dance, some urology centers want to bring men the Big Snip.