Well, how's this for excitement?
I was already on my way out to the grocery to buy our weekly supply of basic goods when my husband called up and told me that I should not buy butter from Aldi. And I told him why? And he said because of what was just in the newspaper that morning, that the quality of butter in that store we frequent is not really good. In fact, the butter in Aldi's got more germs on it than normal. For those who could read German, here.
My initial reaction? Dismay. We have been using Aldi's butter ever since I walked out of Lidl a few months ago. Now you tell me -- What do I do with the 6 packs of butter in the freezer? I wanted to dismiss this as only panic mongering but consumers here in Germany holds those consumer tests in good faith. Should we believe them, or what?
Therefore I told my husband, what do we do with the joghurt and the milk products from Aldi? As they are the same brand, would it mean that those products are affected, too? Well, nothing's on the news. We have to wait and see, meanwhile, we'll use them first. And think about buying from another brand later. Those milk products arent cheap, afterall.
And yes, I did proceed to shop at Aldi after that call.
I looked at the people doing their shopping there if they are panicking and if they are complaining and if they are suspiciously looking at Aldi's products; everybody seems to be doing okay with their grocery lists.
I even thought about discussing the butter with a friend who happened to be in Aldi at that time but I stopped myself. He might just laugh at me because by that time, I was also laughing at myself for checking out, a bit sneakily, if they pulled out the controversial butter. Nope, the butter are still displayed there and are being bought by the people. But not me, I've decided we would use the rest of Aldi's butter but I'd be buying new butter from another store.
I know, it would take more time grocery shopping, but hey, the consumer test which is fully backed by my husband, told me so :)
Let me tell you more about this Aldi butter. The fact is, the bacteria they found in the butter are not really bad for one's health, but it shows that hygiene during the manufacturing of the butter is lacking. The consumer association Foodwatch also emphasized that 'price and quality do not have anything in common with one another.'
Now, what would you do if you are in my place?