From: The Wall Street Journal
Published January 20, 2009 10:53 AM

Salmonella Risk Spurs More Recalls of Foods With Peanut Butter

The number of peanut butter products being recalled is growing, as the FDA sorts through a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least six people and sickened more than 470 others in 43 states.

The FDA has traced the source of the outbreak to a plant in Blakely, Ga., owned by Peanut Corporation of America, the Associated Press reports. The company over the weekend expanded its recall to include all peanut butter and paste produced at the plant since July 1, according to the AP. See the company’s statements here.

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The effect on the food chain has been dramatic. Peanut Corporation of America doesn’t sell its products directly to consumers, but instead supplies institutions, such as long-term care facilities and cafeterias, and food manufacturers with peanut butter and paste. Stuff to watch out for includes cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream that contain peanut butter. Late yesterday, Clif and Luna nutrition bars containing peanut butter were added to the recall list.

Major national brands of peanut butter in jars aren’t affected. The FDA has pulled together information for consumer here, including a list of productsrecalled by a bunch of companies, including Kroger, Kellogg, Abbott and Meijer. You can search the product list for yourself.

If you can’t find the name of your product on the FDA’s site, the agency says you may want to call the toll-free number listed on the product or go to the company’s Web site. If you’re not sure, don’t eat it, the agency adds.

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