Peanut Butter Recall is Broadened
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 20, 2009 in Foodborne Illness
Kellogg Co. is recalling 16 products as a precautionary measure after officials confirmed salmonella contamination at a Georgia peanut product facility. The facility, owned by Peanut Corp., ships peanut products to Kellogg Co. and 84 other food companies.
The products include Austin and Keebler branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, snack-size packs of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies.
The investigation is not limited to peanut butter. Baked goods and other products that contain peanuts are also part of the investigation. Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials are also focusing on peanut paste. Officials are concerned because peanut paste can be used in dozens of products, from baked goods to cooking sauces.
Peanut Corp. has recalled 21 lots of peanut butter made at the plant since July 1 because of possible salmonella contamination.
Health officials in Minnesota and Virginia have linked two deaths each to the outbreak and Idaho and North Carolina have reported one. Four of those five were elderly people, and all had salmonella when they died. Exact causes of death havent been determined. The outbreak has been reported in 43 states and sickened hundreds of people.
The CDC has said that the bacteria responsible for the outbreak typhimurium is common, but that the elderly or those with weakened immune systems are more at risk.