UPDATE: FDA says "no" to products made with peanut butter

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January 19, 2009

UPDATE: FDA says "no" to products made with peanut butter

The FDA informed Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) that new product samples in unopened containers tested positive for Salmonella,reported Stewart Parnell, President of Peanut Corporation of America. PCA is a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies, and they have announced an expanded recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility as well as the voluntary recall of peanut paste produced in the same plant because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The announcement and voluntary recall affects all peanut butter produced on or after August 8, 2008 and peanut paste produced on or after September 26, 2008 at the Georgia facility. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THERE IS NOT ANY CONSUMER PACKAGES OF PEANUT BUTTER AFFECTED. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THERE MAY BE OTHER TYPES OF PRODUCTS INCLUDING BAKED GOODS, SAUCES AND OTHER FOODS THAT DO CONTAIN PEANUT BUTTER AS AN INGREDIENT THAT MAY BE AFFECTED.

The FDA informed Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) that new product samples in unopened containers tested positive for Salmonella,reported Stewart Parnell, President of Peanut Corporation of America.

PCA is a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies, and they have announced an expanded recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility as well as the voluntary recall of peanut paste produced in the same plant because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The announcement and voluntary recall affects all peanut butter produced on or after August 8, 2008 and peanut paste produced on or after September 26, 2008 at the Georgia facility.

AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THERE IS NOT ANY CONSUMER PACKAGES OF PEANUT BUTTER AFFECTED. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THERE MAY BE OTHER TYPES OF PRODUCTS INCLUDING BAKED GOODS, SAUCES AND OTHER FOODS THAT DO CONTAIN PEANUT BUTTER AS AN INGREDIENT THAT MAY BE AFFECTED.

The peanut butter being recalled, so far, is sold by PCA in bulk packaging in containers ranging in size from five to 1,700 pounds. The peanut paste is sold in sizes ranging from 35 pound containers to tanker containers.

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. Most people infected with Salmonella develop the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover with treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. According to the CDC, this strain of salmonella cannot be killed through cooking.

For more information on Salmonella bacteria, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov.