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PostSubject: Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues   Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:03 am

Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
Sunday, January 11, 2009; 12:00 AM

SUNDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- An Ohio peanut butter distributor issued a voluntary recall Saturday for two brands of peanut butter after health officials in Minnesota on Friday said they had found salmonella bacteria in a tub of peanut butter that is distributed to schools and hospitals.

The recall, and the Minnesota report, could be the breakthrough in the search for the source of a salmonella outbreak that has struck in 42 states so far.

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a product warning Friday after preliminary laboratory testing indicated the presence of salmonella in a container of creamy peanut butter from King Nut, according to published reports.

Late Saturday, King Nut Companies of Solon, Ohio, announced it had issued a recall of all peanut butter distributed under its label and manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America, of Lynchburg, Va. The company also recalled its distribution of Parnell's Pride peanut butter, which is also made by Peanut Corporation, according to a prepared statement by King Nut.

King Nut, in its statement, said it took the action after salmonella was found in an open five-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter.

King Nut distributes peanut butter through food service accounts and does not sell it directly to consumers, the statement said.

The statement added, "King Nut does not supply any of the ingredients for the peanut butter distributed under its label. All other King Nut products are safe and not included in this voluntary recall."

"We are very sorry this happened," said Martin Kanan, president and chief executive officer of King Nut Companies. "We are taking immediate and voluntary action because the health and safety of those who use our products is always our highest priority."

King Nut customers are asked to take all King Nut peanut butter and Parnell's Pride peanut butter out of distribution immediately.

Peanut Corporation of America issued its own statement on its Web site late Saturday, confirming "the salmonella was found in an open container of King Nut peanut butter at a nursing facility" in Minnesota.

The statement added, however, that the finding "leaves open the possibility of cross-contamination from another source. PCA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies to determine whether the currentillness outbreak could be at all related to products made in the PCA facility."

The recall and the potential link to the multi-state outbreak come two years after ConAgra recalled its Peter Pan brand peanut butter, which had been linked to at least 625 salmonella cases in 47 states.

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PostSubject: Re: Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues   Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:56 pm

Recall in U.S. salmonella outbreak expands to more than 125 products
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | 3:38 PM ET

More than 125 products have been voluntarily recalled in the U.S. because of a salmonella outbreak linked to peanuts, federal officials in the U.S. said Wednesday.

The list of products ranged from cakes, ice cream and dog biscuits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The products contained peanut butter or peanut paste made by the Peanut Corp of America. The Georgia-based company has suspended production of its products, which are not sold directly to consumers.

Among the latest companies to be included in the investigation is the weight-loss company NutriSystem. Its peanut butter granola bars have been recalled.

On Tuesday, health officials said the number of people sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products in the U.S. has increased to 485. Salmonella typhimurium infections may have contributed to the deaths of six people in the U.S.

Illnesses have been reported in 43 states and New Brunswick.

Among the 469 people for whom information is available, the illnesses began between Sept. 8, 2008, and Jan. 9, 2009, with most occurring after Oct. 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said. Of these cases, 23 per cent reported being hospitalized.

Investigators are testing if cases share the same genetic fingerprint as the outbreak strain. Last week, more than 470 illnesses in the U.S. had been linked to the outbreak.
Canadian alert issued

On Tuesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Canadians should avoid various snack foods containing peanut butter that might be contaminated with salmonella.

The peanut products under recall in Canada were distributed across the country, but the volume of products and locations are unknown, a spokesperson for the agency said.

The snacks may have been made with peanut butter or peanut paste under investigation in the U.S. No illnesses related to consumption of the foods have been reported in Canada.

The CFIA's warning involves nationally distributed peanut butter snacks by Hebert's Fully Loaded, Nature's Path Organic Optimum, Clif Bar and Lärabar.

Nature's Path Organic Foods of Richmond, B.C., is the only Canadian company with products linked to the outbreak.

The U.S. government is advising consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods containing peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination.

Last week, the CFIA said one New Brunswick resident fell ill with salmonella but that the person was known to visit the U.S. often and likely consumed an affected product while there.

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/01/21/peanut-salmonella.html
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PostSubject: Re: Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues   Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:21 am

Coming from the UK when I think of peanut butter we think of America. Is it a product that many people buy? in the USA or is it something I just think. I know its cheap and nutritious and for the really poor peanut butter spread on bread might be something they eat to survive.
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PostSubject: Re: Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues   Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:05 am

I don't know if it's for the poor, peanut butter is very good. There is all kinds of things you can make with it, including soup!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Peanut Butter Recalled as Salmonella Search Continues   Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:31 am

Annie wrote:
I don't know if it's for the poor, peanut butter is very good. There is all kinds of things you can make with it, including soup!! Smile

Peanut butter soup Shocked

I wasn't saying it's for the poor, but commenting on our it's cheap and spread on bread, would be nutritious.

I take it from your answer that it is very popular in the USA.

We have it here in the UK supermarkets but I can't remember seeing it in to many peoples homes. Many one or two in all my life. So it's not that popular here. Tea is though
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