Peanut butter products recalled as a result of Salmonella outbreak

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By The Staff

An outbreak of Salmonella has prompted the recall of several peanut products.

The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a Blakely, Ga. plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America, which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste — a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts — that are both distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream.

In addition, PCA peanut butter is distributed to and institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias.

On Jan. 18, PCA expanded its previous voluntary recall to include more products and lot numbers relating to peanut butter and peanut paste products manufactured on or after July 1, 2008, at its Blakely plant. The peanut butter products being recalled are products not sold directly to consumers. PCA has also stopped all production at its Blakely plant as the FDA continues its investigation. The FDA recommends that consumers avoid eating products that have been recalled and discard them.

Major national brands of jarred peanut butter are not affected by the PCA recall, as PCA does not sell peanut butter directly to consumers. The company only sells peanut butter to institutions and food manufacturers who then use peanut butter or peanut paste in baked or processed foods, such as crackers, cookies, cakes or ice cream.

Products included in the recall include some Wal-Mart Bakery cookies, peanut butter Keebler crackers, peanut butter Little Debbie crackers and Private Selection peanut butter ice cream.

The FDA has created a searchable list of products and brands associated with the recall. This list is available on the FDA Web site at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm.