Jan. 28, 2009 -- The peanut butter product recall is growing yet again,
according to FDA and CDC officials, who called a news conference Wednesday to
alert consumers that additional products are expected to be recalled in the
That's due partly to the discovery of additional strains of salmonella found at the Peanut
Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga., traced as the source of the
outbreak, during the FDA inspection that ended Tuesday, says Stephen Sundlof,
DVM, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
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.
Sundlof urges consumers to
keep checking the FDA's
searchable list of recalled peanut products, because that list is likely to
keep growing. There are more than 430 items on that list. Today, the
Peanut Corporation of America recalled all peanuts and peanut products
processed at its Blakely, Ga., facility since Jan. 1, 2007. Those products
weren't sold directly to consumers, but they went to institutions and companies
Other recent recalls
Jenny Craig: Jenny's
Cuisine Anytime Peanut Butter Flavor Nutritional Bars with "Best
Before" dates of MAY1209ALO, MAY1209BLO, MAY2409BLO, MAY2509BLO,
MAY2509ALO, MAY2609ALO, and MAY2609BLO
packages of Healthy-hide Deli-wrap 3-Pack 5" Peanut Butter-Filled Rawhide
Isagenix International: Certain
lots of Isagenix Chocolate Dipped Honey Peanut IsaLean Bars
Officials say consumers should not be concerned about national name-brand
peanut butter that is on store shelves.
As of Jan. 26, the CDC had received reports of at least 501 people in 43
states and Canada sickened by salmonella in peanut butter products. The strain
associated with the outbreak is Salmonella Typhimurium. At least eight
deaths may be linked to the outbreak.
FDA Inspection Concluded
Some products made at PCA's Blakely, Ga. plant initially tested positive for
salmonella, but were retested and got a negative result before being shipped
out, according to the FDA.
The inspection of the Georgia manufacturing plant that ended Tuesday found
numerous examples of deficiencies, including failure to properly maintain
equipment and protect food against contamination, the growth of mold on the
ceiling and walls of a cooler used for product storage, and the presence of
cockroaches in a washroom next to a production and packaging area.
The inspection also revealed that some products made as long ago as 2007
tested positive for salmonella but were sent to another lab for testing, the
report says. When the second report gave the products a negative status for
salmonella, the product was shipped.
FDA officials say that salmonella can exist in small pockets and it's
possible to obtain both negative and positive results from the same
Even as the scope of the recall widens, the number of reported salmonella
cases related to peanut butter products seems to be leveling off, FDA officials
say. The most recently reported onset of illness associated with
salmonella-contaminated peanut butter products was Jan. 9, the officials
The additional salmonella strains found at the Georgia plant have not yet
been linked with illness.
Most people infected with salmonella develop fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps
12 to 72 hours after infection. Most recover without treatment, but infants,
the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have
severe and life-threatening illness.
The American Peanut Council, a
trade group representing the U.S. peanut industry, issued a news release about
PCA. "This is a clear and unconscionable act by one
manufacturer," says Patrick Archer, president of the American Peanut
Council. "This act is not by any means representative of the excellent food
safety practices and procedures of the U.S. peanut industry."