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Louise Chang, MD
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
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:
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.
SOURCES:News releases, FDA.News release, CDC.News release, General Mills.
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