This posting really pains me, but I feel I should do it. For the last couple of years, Escalon's 6 in 1 products has been and continues to be my favorite of all the canned tomato products. We have dozens of great Italian deli's around us here in the Tampa Bay area selling all the great and fantastic brands of speciality canned tomato products and I've tried most of them. But my pizza tasters and testers and I still all say 6 in 1 is the best, given a rarely dented can or not.
Having said that, though, I am concerned about this can dating issue. I looked at the 3 cans that I just received last month and they seemed to have similar codes to what has been mentioned here. So today I wrote to Escalon on their contact section of their website (http://www.escalon.net/contact.aspx
). The only contact lead there, though, seems to apply to those wanting general product information, so I additionally sent a message to Linda.Lockard@us.hjheinz.com
an individual mentioned above at Escalon's parent company, Heinz. I said: "I had sent the following via the Escalon website but am uncertain if that will get any attention and understand that sending this to your email address may better help in this regard."
I also went on the H.J. Heinz website (at http://www.heinz.com/our-company/investor-relations/request-information.aspx
) and while a clear contact was not indicated, sent my message saying: "I am trying to clarify an issue regarding the question of Escalon Premier Brands, subsidiary of Heinz, possibly shipping old products to consumers. I had sent the following message to Escalon on its website but am uncertain it may get the attention necessary:"
The message that I sent to (1) Escalon and to (2) Linda Lockard and to (3) the Heinz website was as follows:
"I have frequently ordered 6 in 1 Ground Tomatoes from Escalon over the past 2 years after learning about your great products on Pizzamaking.com and have frequently praised your products on that website. I think your products have been among the best in the business but an issue has arisen about your company possibly shipping OLD products to consumers. I ordered and received 3 cans of 6 in 1 from Escalon last month (12/08) and I am curious as to when that product was canned. I am not looking for product replacement, but I am looking for the facts. The code on the cans I received says "FRES 3 Q6BG20 W 02:33." Can you assure me that this product was not an older product that was canned in 2006? Or otherwise give me some assurance or explantion on this?
Respectfully submitted 1/12/09."
I encourage all who are so inclined to communicate with the company through all means possible until this question is resolved. We deserve a good answer. Nothing less. --BTB