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Peanut butter recall

More than 100 products containing peanut butter and peanut paste from a Georgia plant were recalled last week because of possible salmonella contamination.

Making the list are certain Keebler, Little Debbie, Famous Amos, and NutriSystem products. Foods include ice cream, candies, cookies, cereals, crackers, pet foods and even some fruit and vegetables. The products of concern are those made on or after July 1.

For the complete list, visit http://www.fda.gov/ or http://sfchc.org and click on “Recalls.”

“This afternoon (Friday) at about one o’clock, I am going to construct a page that deals with the peanut butter recall,” said Environmental Public Health Specialist Ray Peeler of the St. Francois County Health Center. “Best thing I can tell you is log onto our Web site and we’ll give you the most current information available to us. Watch the recalls and your product purchases.”

No sicknesses have been reported to the St. Francois County Health Center in connection with the peanut butter recall.

One case of salmonella bacteria illness recently occurred in Jefferson County according to Doug Dodson, assistant director of the Jefferson County Health Department.

Mark Westbrooks, Farmington Wal-Mart store manager, said as soon as they heard about the recall, they took the items off the shelves. Some were destroyed; others were sent  back to their vendors.

“Around here, it’s been a non-event,” he said. “I hope it stays that way.”

The Presbyterian Manor of Farmington just had to throw out one case of Austin peanut butter crackers.

Ruth Rose, director of Food Services at North County School District said they weren’t affected by the recall. Also, Dairy Queen and the Bonne Terre Senior Center didn’t have any of the recalled products.

Save-A-Lot in Bonne Terre said it was nothing major for them. They just had to pull a few things off the shelf.

According to the Associated Press, a salmonella outbreak tied to products made by the Peanut Corporation of America has sickened at least 486 people in 43 states. Six deaths may be associated with the outbreak.

The FDA has notified PCA that product samples originating from its Blakely, Georgia, processing plant have been tested and found positive for Salmonella by laboratories in the states of Minnesota and Connecticut.

Connecticut and Minnesota have reported to FDA that samples of King Nut peanut butter tested in those states are a genetic match to the strain of Salmonella associated with the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. The results from the Connecticut Department of Health Laboratory are from an unopened container of King Nut peanut butter. 

The FDA has said PCA supplied bulk peanut butter or peanut paste, which PCA later recalled, to 32 food manufacturing companies. In addition, PCA peanut butter is distributed to and institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias. It is not sold directly to customers and major brands of peanut butter are not impacted by the recall.

The federal agency says it believes most of the products have been recalled. PCA has stopped all production at its Georgia plant as the FDA continues its investigation. Based on this information, and on the current state of the investigation, the FDA recommends that consumers avoid eating products that have been recalled and discard them.

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