FDA, CDC: Don't Eat Peanut Butter Products
FDA and CDC Issue Precautionary Advice Pending Salmonella Outbreak Investigation
Jan. 17, 2009 -- The FDA and CDC
are recommending that consumers not eat products containing peanut butter (such
as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, and ice cream) until information becomes
available about whether those products are linked to an ongoing salmonella
outbreak that may have contributed to six deaths.
At least 474 people in 43 states
have been sickened by the outbreak strain of Salmonella typhimurium.
Peanut butter has been associated with the outbreak. Peanut butter and peanut
paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at a facility in Blakely,
Ga., have already been recalled in the wake of the outbreak.
On January 16, the FDA asked food
makers nationwide to check whether their peanut-containing products include a
recalled peanut paste made by PCA and to recall or hold those products as a
Here is advice from the FDA and CDC for consumers:
- Don't eat recalled products. Throw them away in a manner that prevents
others from eating them.
- Postpone eating other peanut butter containing products (such as cookies,
crackers, cereal, candy, and ice cream) until information becomes available
about whether that product may be affected.
- People who think they may have become ill from eating peanut butter are
advised to consult their health care providers.
Peanut Butter Recall Recap
The FDA is posting recall notices on its
web site. But the salmonella investigation is ongoing, and more
recalls may be in the works.
"The list of products that may be affected is still being determined and
is incomplete at this time, states the CDC's web site. The FDA is working
with product manufacturers to make that list, "which may be
extensive," states the CDC.
Health officials say that national, name-brand peanut butters sold in
grocery stores haven't been linked to the outbreak. PCA's peanut butter wasn't
sold directly to consumers; instead, it was sold in bulk for institutional and
food service industry use.
Today, Hy-Vee Inc. recalled peanut butter products made in the chain's
bakery departments in seven states -- Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas,
Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota -- because they contain PCA peanut
butter. The products are: Peanut Butter Cookies, Monster Cookies, Peanut
Butter Reese's Pieces Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lunchbox
Reese's Pieces Cookies, Lunchbox Peanut Butter Cookies, People Chow Party Mix,
and Assorted Truffle Fudge. All sell-by dates are included in this recall. The
products are sold in various packaging and quantities and have a Hy-Vee price
label attached. All items should be destroyed or returned to Hy-Vee for a full
On Jan. 16,
Kellogg announced a voluntary recall of certain Austin and Keebler brand
peanut butter sandwich crackers because PCA was one of its suppliers. The
recall also includes some snack-size packs of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies
and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies.