Jan. 30, 2009 -- More recalls and a criminal investigation are the latest
news in the salmonella outbreak linked to the Peanut Corporation of America's
processing plant in Blakely, Ga.
More than 400 peanut products have been recalled in the wake of the
outbreak. Those items are listed in the
FDA's searchable list of recalled products. That list is expected to keep
growing, so FDA officials encourage consumers to check it regularly. Companies
that have recently announced new or expanded peanut butter recalls include:
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.
Arico Natural Foods Company is recalling Arico Peanut Butter Cookies
and Cookie Bars.
OrchardValleyHarvest is recalling certain
conventional and organic peanuts roasted and packed for Safeway.
Country Maid Inc. has expanded its recall of 2-pound packages of
Classic Breaks Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.
Hy-Vee Inc. is recalling its freshly made party mix and peanut
brittle sold at Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska,
South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Meijer is recalling Meijer Bulk Dry Roasted Peanuts, Markets of
Meijer Dry Roasted Peanuts, Meijer Vanilla Sundae Cone w/Peanuts, and Meijer
Fudge Sundae Cone w/Peanuts.
Fieldbrook Foods Corp. is recalling ice cream sundae cone products
that contain granulated peanuts from PCA. This recall includes more than 80
products sold under the brands America's Choice, Artic Classic, Big Y, Bon,
Byrn Dairy, Carnival, Cub Foods, Dolly Madison, Econo, Food Club, Flavorite,
Food City, Giant Eagle, Giant, Grande, Greens, Hill Country Fare, Hagan, Hood,
Ice Girl, IGA, Kay's Key Food, Krasdale, Lowes, Market Basket, Meijer,
Pathmark, Price Chopper, Pricerite, Publix, River Valley, Redners, Richfood,
Roundy's, Shop 'n Save, Shoprite, Shurfine, Shurfresh, Stater Bros, Stop &
Shop, Sundae Shoppe, Tops, United Dairy, Valu Time, Velvet, Weis, and Winn
Wells' Dairy Inc. is recalling all Blue Bunny No Sugar Added Reduced
Fat Bunny Tracks Ice Cream with "Best Used By" dates prior to Jan. 29,
2009, and one lot of Blue Bunny Personals Bunny Tracks with a "Best Used
By" date of 09/11/09.
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is recalling its peanut covered doughnuts
(sold individually), peanut butter cookies (sold by the pound only in Wegmans
stores with a full-service cookie shop), and chocolate peanut butter tarts
(sold only in Wegmans stores with a full-service patisserie).
If you know someone without Internet access, they can call the CDC at
800-CDC-INFO and a staff member will search the FDA's database for
At least 529 people in 43 states and a person in Canada have been sickened
by the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. The outbreak may have
contributed to at least eight deaths, according to the CDC.
The outbreak isn't over, but there has been a "modest" drop in
reported cases, the CDC's Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, said today at a news
conference. Tauxe is deputy director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne,
Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.
The most recent onset of illness was Jan. 16, and more reports may be coming
since it can take a couple of weeks for new cases to be reported
to the CDC.