Jan. 27, 2009 -- The FDA today encouraged consumers to keep checking the
list of peanut butter product recalls related to the ongoing salmonella outbreak because
that list is likely to keep growing.
"We expect the list of recalled product to continue to expand,"
Stephen Sundlof, DVM, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied
Nutrition, said today at a joint FDA-CDC news conference.
Peanut Butter & Salmonella: Get the Facts
The links below from fda.gov and WebMD can provide you with the latest on
peanut butter product recalls and the FDA's investigation of the salmonella
outbreak, along with other facts you need to know about salmonella.
As of Jan. 25, the CDC had reports of at least 501 people in 43 states and
one person in Canada sickened by the outbreak strain of Salmonella
Typhimurium, and eight deaths that may be linked to the outbreak.
The latest case reported to the CDC began on Jan. 9, and the outbreak is
ongoing, though the number of new cases has "decreased modestly,"
Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne,
Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said at the news conference.
The FDA has traced the source of the outbreak to a Peanut Corporation of
America (PCA) facility in Blakely, Ga. The FDA has finished investigating that
facility and found deficiencies in the facility's good manufacturing
Those problems included about 12 incidents during 2007 and 2008 in which the
PCA's internal testing detected salmonella and released the products after
retesting, sometimes done by a second lab, according to Michael Rogers,
director of field investigations in the FDA's Office of Regional
Besides the Salmonella Typhimurium strain that has caused all of the
reported illnesses, health officials have found three other salmonella strains
tied to PCA products. One of those strains was found in an unopened tub of
peanut butter; the other two were found in cracks in the floor of the PCA's
The PCA, in a statement released to the media, says the company "has
cooperated fully with FDA from day one during the course of this investigation.
We have shared with them every record that they have asked for that is in our
possession and we will continue to do so."
Peanut Butter Recalls
Nearly 400 products have been recalled, according to the FDA's web site,
which includes a searchable
list of the recalled products.