Thursday, January 22, 2009

Peanut Recall Expands To Additional Products

Peanut Recall Expands To Additional Products.

USA Today (1/19, Weise) reported, "FDA staff are working to track what products contain salmonella-tainted peanut butter and paste made in a Georgia manufacturing plant. So far, 474 people have been sickened in a 43-state salmonella outbreak that may have contributed to six deaths." PCA's plant in Blakely, Ga., "believed to be the source of the contamination, distributed a relatively small amount of the peanut butter and paste used to produce snacks and treats. ... But PCA sold to at least 85 companies, some of which distributed to other food manufacturers."

        The Washington Post (1/20, Reinberg) reports the latest round of recalls followed an FDA "warning Saturday that consumers should avoid peanut butter products containing peanut butter or peanut butter paste while the salmonella outbreak probe continued. The U.S. health warning is focused on products made with peanut butter, like crackers, not jars of peanut butter on store shelves."

        The AP (1/18) reported, "Officials said new illnesses are still being reported in the outbreak investigation. Kellogg Co., which listed Peanut Corp. as one of its suppliers, has recalled 16 products. They include Austin and Keebler branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and some snack-size packs of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies." In addition, "Perry's Ice Cream Co., based in Akron, N.Y., said it was recalling select ice cream products containing peanut butter because of the PCA investigation" and "the Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa, said yesterday that it was voluntarily recalling products made in its bakery departments with peanut butter because they had the potential to be contaminated with salmonella."

        The Wall Street Journal (1/20) reports, "Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products Inc. on Sunday announced that it's recalling all Wal-Mart 'Bakery' brands of peanut-butter cookies, peanut-butter no-bake cookies and peanut-butter-fudge no-bake cookies." The FDA said "consumers should avoid eating food containing peanut butter unless they know it isn't linked to Peanut Corp., Lynchburg, Va." The FDA is "inspecting some of the direct distributors, including King Nut Co. in Solon, Ohio, and is following the distribution chain to figure out which companies used Peanut Corp. products. The FDA is also asking companies to check their supply chain and tell consumers if their ingredients came from Peanut Corp."