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CDA, FDA recall some peanut butter products

Date Posted: 2009-01-29

An outbreak of Salmonella infections associated with peanut butter and peanut paste products has triggered recall directives on a number of commercial food products including crackers, cereal, cookies and candy.
The Defense Commissary Agency and Army and Air Force Exchange Service are fully aware of the recalls, and have been removing affected products from store shelves. The Food and Drug Administration has published a searchable database of food products affected by the recall: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm. Officials encourage people to double check to confirm whether products already purchased are in homes.

The Food and Drug Administration, together with the U.S. Center for Disease Control, have identified a number of Salmonella cases attributed to peanut butter. The outbreak has been associated with peanut butter and peanut paste products traced back to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America. PCA manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste products primarily for distribution to food manufacturers, who use the products in various food products.

The FDA says PCA, which only sells peanut butter to institutions and food manufacturers, some of which use it as an ingredient in other processed or packaged foods, has already initiated a voluntary recall of its products. The CDC has posted details online about product recalls, with frequent updates regarding the status of the outbreak, links to other agencies involved in the investigation, and information regarding Salmonella at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium.

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