Peanut Butter Recall Spreading

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009  |  Updated 8:48 PM EDT
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Many school districts in Connecticut have removed peanut butter products from cafeterias and vending machines because of concerns about a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

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Peanut Butter Salmonella Scare Spreads in NJ

19 cases of salmonella linked to the outbreak have been reported in New Jersey.

Peanut Butter Problem Spreads

A salmonella outbreak believed to have killed six people and sickened close to 500 others has been traced to tainted peanut butter. Concerns are growing as is the list of recalls.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- State health officials say 19 cases of salmonella related to tainted peanut butter have been reported in New Jersey.

Atlantic County has five, the most of any county.

Camden and Ocean counties each reported two cases. Ten other counties had one case.

At least 486 people in more than 40 states have gotten sick since the salmonella outbreak began in the fall. Six have died.

Originally the problem appeared limited to peanut butter shipped in big tubs to institutional customers like nursing homes. But then peanut paste was implicated. Made from ground roasted peanuts, it is used as an ingredient in dozens of other products sold directly to consumers.

More than 125 products have been recalled.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials say more than 125 products have been recalled in a salmonella-and-peanuts investigation that keeps getting bigger.

The list ranges from goodies like cakes and ice cream, to dog biscuits, Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday.

All were made with peanut paste or peanut butter made at a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga. that has suspended production.

The weight loss company NutriSystem was among the latest customers of PCA to be caught up in the investigation, issuing a recall Wednesday for peanut butter granola bars.

More than 480 people have been sickened in the outbreak, which has contributed to at least six deaths. Investigators say tests have found salmonella in the plant.


Click here to check the full list of recalled products.

PetSmart is recalling Great Choice brand dog biscuits made with peanut butter, because of possible salmonella contamination.
 
If you have the biscuits, you can return them to PetSmart for a full refund.
 
Here are the specific treats in the recall:

Small assorted 32-ounce bag
Small-medium assorted four-pound bag
Small and medium assorted eight-pound bag
Small and medium assorted 10-pound bag
Large assorted eight-pound
Extra large assorted eight-pound bag
Four-pound peanut butter biscuits


There is some positive news to report: Girl Scout cookies are not affected by the peanut butter scare.

Girl Scout Cookies are safe to eat, said the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Click here to read the full article: Bring on the Cookies! PB and All!

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