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FDA: Don't Eat Products Containing Peanut Butter or Peanut Paste That Might Be Tied to Salmonella Outbreak

Jan. 20, 2009 -- The list of recalled products containing peanut butter continues to grow in the wake of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 475 people in 43 states and Canada.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella typhimurium may have contributed to six deaths, according to the CDC.

Yesterday, the FDA confirmed that the source of the outbreak is peanut butter and peanut paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Ga., processing plant.

PCA's products aren't sold to grocery stores. PCA only sells peanut butter to institutions and food manufacturers. Some food makers use PCA's peanut butter or peanut paste to make products including crackers, cookies, cakes, cereal, candy, and ice cream.

Many products containing PCA's peanut butter or peanut paste have been recalled. The lengthy list includes, but is not limited to, the following companies:

  • General Mills: Lara Bar Peanut Butter Cookie flavor snack bars and Jam Frakas Peanut Butter Blisscrisp flavor snack bars
  • Clif Bar & Company: Clif Bar Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, Clif Bar Crunchy Peanut Butter, Clif Bar Peanut Toffee Buzz, ZBaR Peanut Butter, Clif Builders Peanut Butter, Luna Nutz over Chocolate, Luna Peanut Butter Cookie, and all Clif Mojo Bars
  • Kroger: Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold at City Market, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, and Smith's stores.
  • Kellogg Company: Certain Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter sandwich crackers, select snack-size packs of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies, and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies.

The FDA's web site has a list of recalls related to the salmonella outbreak.

So for now, the FDA advises consumers not to eat commercially prepared products containing peanut butter or peanut paste, or peanut butter served at institutions, unless they're sure that those products don't contain PCA peanut butter or peanut paste.

The FDA reminds consumers to throw out recalled products in a manner that prevents others from eating those items, and to see a health care provider if you think you got sick from eating peanut butter.

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