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Default Peanut Corporation of America Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut Butter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lynchburg, Va. (January 18, 2009) -- Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), is expanding the recall of peanut butter and voluntarily recalling peanut paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled peanut butter and peanut paste were distributed to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies in 24 states, the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, Korea and Haiti. The U.S. states are the following: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. In addition, affected product was used as an ingredient in other products that may have been distributed in other states.

None of the peanut butter being recalled is sold directly to consumers through retail stores by PCA.

The recalled peanut butter in the expanded recall is sold by PCA in bulk packaging in containers ranging in size from five to 1,700 pounds. The peanut paste is sold in sizes ranging from 35-pound containers to tanker containers. The lot numbers for all recalled products are at the end of this news release. All of the peanut butter and peanut paste in the expanded recall was made on or after July 1, 2008, and only at the Georgia facility.

The potential for contamination was noted after a small number of samples from unopened containers and environmental samples from the Blakely, Georgia facility tested positive for Salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation is "very active and dynamic," and PCA continues to work closely with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they continue their investigation into the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella.

The Blakely, Georgia facility has currently stopped producing all products as the FDA and CDC continue their investigation, but some PCA staff remain to assist in the on-going investigation.

PCA is notifying customers that may have received the recalled product by phone and/or in writing. Customers should segregate and hold the product and call PCA at 1-877-564-7080 for further instructions. "We deeply regret that this product recall has expanded, and our first priority is to protect the health of our customers," said Stewart Parnell, President of Peanut Corporation of America.
The following is a list of all the products affected by the original recall and the amended recall:
PCA Stock #
Pack Size
Description Affected:
551000
6 ct / 5 lb
Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551000 AZ
6 ct / 5 lb
Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Sugar
551006
6 ct / 5 lb
Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551020
35 lb
Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551022
35 lb
Natural Course Peanut Paste
551025
35 lb
Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter w/ 1% Salt
551026
35 lb
Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter w/ 1% Salt
551034
35 lb
Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551035
35 lb
Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter
551040
35 lb
Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
551049
50 lb
Sugar Free Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551050
50 lb
Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551050-PO
50 lb
Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Palm Oil
551050-D
50 lb
Dark Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551050-XS
50 lb
Creamy Extra Stabilized Peanut Butter
551051
50 lb
Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Monodiglyceride
551053
50 lb
Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551053-OS
50 lb
Extra Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
551059
475 lb
Creamy Natural Peanut Butter with Stabilizer
551060
35 lb
Organic Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
551061
35 lb
Organic Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter
551062
35 lb
Organic Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter
551063
35 lb
Organic Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter
551064
35 lb
Organic Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
551072
45 lb
Peanut Butter Variegate
551080
475 lb
Creamy Natural Redskin Peanut Butter with Salt
551082
475 lb
Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
551082-DR
475 lb
Dark Roasted Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
561000
35 lb
Pet Food Paste
561000
475 lb
Feed Grade Peanut Butter
100TPASTE
1700 lb
Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
RM-PASTE
1700 lb
Peanut Paste

Lot Numbers Affected:
8183 8184 8185 8186 8187 8188 8189 8190 8191 8192 8193 8194 8195 8196 8197 8198
8199 8200 8201 8202 8203 8204 8205 8206 8207 8208 8209 8210 8211 8212 8213 8214
8215 8216 8217 8218 8219 8220 8221 8222 8223 8224 8225 8226 8227 8228 8229 8230
8231 8232 8233 8234 8235 8236 8237 8238 8239 8240 8241 8242 8243 8244 8245 8246
8247 8248 8249 8250 8251 8252 8253 8254 8255 8256 8257 8258 8259 8260 8261 8262
8263 8264 8265 8266 8267 8268 8269 8270 8271 8272 8273 8274 8275 8276 8277 8278
8279 8280 8281 8282 8283 8284 8285 8286 8287 8288 8289 8290 8291 8292 8293 8294
8295 8296 8297 8298 8299 8300 8301 8302 8303 8304 8305 8306 8307 8308 8309 8310
8311 8312 8313 8314 8315 8316 8317 8318 8319 8320 8321 8322 8323 8324 8325 8326
8327 8328 8329 8330 8331 8332 8333 8334 8335 8336 8337 8338 8339 8340 8341 8342
8343 8344 8345 8346 8347 8348 8349 8350 8351 8352 8353 8354 8355 8356 8357 8358
8359 8360 8361 8362 8363 8364 8365 8366 9001 9002 9003 9004 9005 9006 9007 9008
9009 9010 9011 9012 9013 9014 9015 9016
PCA Stock #
Pack Size
Description Affected:
561058
Tanker
Coarse Natural Paste

Lot Numbers Affected:
8169 8170 8172 8173 8174 8184 8185 8186 8187 8203 8204 8205 8206 8214 8215 8216
8217 8219 8220 8221 8222 8223 8225 8226 8227 8228 8259 8260 8261 8262 8263 8264
8280 8281 8282 8283 8302 8303 8304 8305 8308 8309 8310 8311 8343 8344 8345 8346
8347 8350 8351 8352
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Default ConAgra Foods Products Not Involved in Ongoing Peanut Butter Salmonella Investigation

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ConAgra Foods, Inc., today announced that none of its products that contain any peanut- or peanut-based ingredients are associated with the federal government's ongoing salmonella investigation. This includes all of the products the company makes under its branded product lines, including Peter Pan Peanut Butter, as well as the products made for its food service and store brand customers. Neither ConAgra Foods nor any of its suppliers purchase any ingredients from the Peanut Corporation of America, which is linked to this salmonella investigation.

Additionally, ConAgra Foods is not among the 30 companies that have been asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consider holding or recalling their peanut-containing products due to this ongoing salmonella investigation.

For more information regarding this investigation, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site www.cdc.gov/salmonella.

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE:CAG) is one of North America’s leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip and many ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandiser and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying potato, other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
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Default Tastykake Responds to Concern Regarding National Peanut Butter Recall

PHILADELPHIA,Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of the expanded recall of peanut butter and peanut butter-based products, Tasty Baking Company announced today that all Tastykake products, including the iconic Peanut Butter Kandy Kake, are safe for consumption and not included in the national recall program.

Tasty Baking Company does not have a supplier relationship with Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). Further, Tasty Baking Company continues to uphold its nearly century-long reputation for quality assurance on its ingredient supply chain. This corporate quality assurance program includes rigorous internal testing of ingredients, including peanut butter, for any bacteria, such as Salmonella, or contamination.

ABOUT TASTY BAKING COMPANY

Tasty Baking Company (Nasdaq: TSTY - News), founded in 1914 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the country's leading bakers of snack cakes, pies, cookies, and donuts with manufacturing facilities in Philadelphia and Oxford, Pennsylvania. For more information on Tasty Baking Company, visit www.tastykake.com. Consumers can send Tastykake products throughout the United States from the Company's website or by calling 1-800-33-TASTY
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All Hershey and Reese's candies are safe to consume

HERSHEY, Pa., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today issued a statement related to peanuts:

No products made by The Hershey Company, including items and brands in the iconic Reese's franchise, are affected by the recent recall related to peanut butter. Hershey does not purchase any peanut butter, peanuts or peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America. Peanut butter for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities under the most stringent safety and quality standards.

All of our products are safe to consume. This includes all items sold to other food companies and used as ingredients in other products. Consumers with any questions regarding this issue should call our Consumer Relations line at 1-800-468-1714.

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest North American manufacturer of quality chocolate and sugar confectionery products. With revenues of nearly $5 billion and almost 13,000 employees worldwide, The Hershey Company markets such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Kit Kat, Twizzlers and Ice Breakers. Hershey is the leader in the fast-growing dark and premium chocolate segment, with such
brands as Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Hershey's Extra Dark and Cacao Reserve by Hershey's. Hershey's Ice Breakers franchise delivers refreshment across a variety of mint and gum flavors and formats.

Hershey's partnership with Starbucks offers a premium chocolate experience that combines the highest-quality chocolate with Starbucks coffee-house flavors, for a range of delicious and distinct chocolate products. In addition, Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hershey Company, markets such premium chocolate offerings as Scharffen Berger, known for its high-cacao dark chocolate products, Joseph Schmidt, recognized for its fine, handcrafted chocolate gifts, and Dagoba, known for its high-quality natural and organic chocolate bars. Visit us at www.hersheynewsroom.com.
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Default Sara lee products not involved in ongoing salmonella

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (Jan. 18, 2009) – Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE: SLE) today announced
that none of its products that contain any peanut or peanut-based ingredients are associated
with the federal government's ongoing salmonella investigation. This includes all of the
company's branded products as well as its foodservice and private label products.

Neither Sara Lee Corp. nor any of its suppliers received peanut butter or peanut paste from
either King Nut Corp. or the Peanut Corporation of America. Sara Lee Corp. is not one of the
30 companies that have been asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consider
holding or recalling peanut-containing products due to this ongoing salmonella investigation.

For more information regarding this investigation, visit the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention Web site www.cdc.gov/salmonella.

About Sara Lee Corporation

Each and every day, Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) delights millions of consumers and customers around the world. The company has one of the world’s best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food, beverage, household and body care brands, including
Ambi Pur, Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Kiwi, Sanex, Sara Lee and Senseo.

Collectively, these brands generate more than $13 billion in annual net sales covering

approximately 200 countries. The Sara Lee community consists of 44,000 employees worldwide.
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Default Mars Snackfood US Products Not Impacted by FDA Salmonella Investigation in Peanut But

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mars Snackfood US today issued the following statement in reaction to the ongoing FDA investigation into peanut butter:


"Mars Snackfood US remains confident in the safety and quality of our products that contain peanut butter, all of which are safe to enjoy. Mars does not receive or process any peanuts or peanut butter from Peanut Corporation of America or King Nut, the companies that, according to FDA's most recent update on its investigation, appear to be the source of contaminated product. In addition, we have not been asked by the FDA to recall any products in relation to the current investigation into salmonella.


At Mars, the majority of our products are manufactured using our own peanut butter made from our own roasted peanuts.


Food safety is of paramount importance to Mars, and we are committed to the highest standards of quality and safety. At Mars, we maintain a strict quality control program to ensure that our products leave our factories exceeding our high standards. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality of all Mars Snackfood US products."


The following Mars Snackfood US products contain peanut butter, none of which is sourced from the companies being investigated by the FDA:
  • M&M'S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies
  • SNICKERS Brand
  • SNICKERS Brand Ice Cream
  • TWIX Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
  • KUDOS Peanut Butter Granola Bars
  • Ethel M Chocolates and ethel's chocolate lounge

About Mars Snackfood US:


Mars Snackfood US is the United States snack operations of Mars North America. With more than $7 billion in annual sales in the U.S., Mars North America includes food, snack and petcare segments, which are a symbol of excellence for quality brands. Headquartered in Mount Olive, New Jersey, Mars North America employs more than 15,000 associates in the United States, with 72 facilities nationwide. Mars Snackfood US includes some of the world's favorite brands such as, M&M'S(R) Brand, SNICKERS(R) Brand, DOVE(R) Chocolate Brand, MILKY WAY(R) Brand, 3 MUSKETEERS(R) Brand, TWIX(R) Brand. Additional popular brands in the petcare and food segments for Mars North America include UNCLE BEN'S(R) Brand, PEDIGREE(R) Brand Food for Dogs, and WHISKAS(R) Brand Food for Cats. Please visit mars.com.
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Default Golden Flake Sandwich Crackers Containing Peanut Butter Are NOT Part of the Peanut Bu

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Golden Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLDC - News) announced that its Golden Flake sandwich crackers containing peanut butter are not a part of the current recall involving peanut butter. The peanut butter used in Golden Flake sandwich crackers is NOT made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). Golden Flake sandwich crackers are produced with a stringent food safety program in place and in particular with regard to the peanut butter. Extensive microbial testing of all peanut butter used in making Golden Flake sandwich crackers ensures both high quality food safe ingredients and a safe final product. With this, we can assure our consumers that the Golden Flake sandwich crackers will provide them the quality they have grown to rely on when they purchase our snacks!
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Default Quaker Oats North America Not Affected by Peanut Butter Recall

CHICAGO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Quaker Oats' products are not affected by the recall currently impacting some peanut butter sold for consumer consumption. Quaker Oats does not purchase any peanut butter from the company involved in the recall.


Quaker foods and snacks products continue to meet the high standards for quality and safety that consumers have come to know and expect from the company for more than 130 years. This includes Quaker products made under branded product lines such as all Quaker Oatmeal varieties, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Quaker Rice Snacks, Quaker Life, Cap'n Crunch and Mother's ready-to-eat cereals.


Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-367-6287.
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Default Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Products Not Involved in Ongoing Peanut Butter Salmonella In

Dreyer's Products Containing Peanuts Are Safe To Eat


OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream announced today that none of its products containing peanut butter or peanut-based ingredients are involved in the federal government's ongoing Salmonella investigation. This includes all of the company's branded products including its Dreyer's, Edy's(R), Haagen-Dazs(R), Nestle(R), Frosty Paws(R), Eskimo Pie(R), Fruit Bars and The Skinny Cow(R) brands.It also includes products Dreyer's makes for foodservice and ice cream parlors.


Neither Dreyer's nor any of its suppliers purchase ingredients from the Peanut Corporation of America, which is linked to this Salmonella investigation.


Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiaries manufacture and distribute a full spectrum of ice cream and frozen dessert products. Brands of frozen dessert products currently manufactured or distributed by Dreyer's in the United States include Grand, Slow Churned(R), Dibs(R), Haagen-Dazs(R), Nestle(R)Drumstick(R), Nestle Crunch(R), Nestle(R)Butterfinger(R), Nestle(R)Toll House(R), Nestle(R)Carnation(R), Nestle(R) Push-Up(R), Frosty Paws(R), Eskimo Pie(R), Fruit Bars and The Skinny Cow(R). The company's premium products are marketed under the Dreyer's brand name throughout the Western states and Texas, and under the Edy's(R) brand name throughout the remainder of the United States. Internationally, the Dreyer's brand extends to select markets in the Far East and the Edy's brand extends to the Caribbean and South America.

For more information on the company, please visit www.dreyersinc.com.

In the U.S. the Haagen-Dazs trademark is sub-licensed to Dreyer's by Nestle.
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Default Tiger's Milk(R) Unaffected by Peanut Butter Recall

America's Original Nutrition Bar Continues to be a Wholesome, Great Tasting, High-Quality Source of Energy


SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Schiff Nutrition, the manufacturer of Tiger's Milk(R), America's original nutrition bar, is reassuring consumers that its delicious alternative to candy bars and other snacks has never used peanut butter or peanut paste supplied by Peanut Corporation of America. Schiff(R), one of the most trusted and respected brands in the nutritional supplement industry for more than 70 years, has further ensured that the popular bars adhere to strict quality controls throughout the sourcing, manufacturing, packaging and distribution processes and are unaffected by recent peanut butter recalls.


In news reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it found batches from Peanut Corporation's Blakely, GA, plant contained salmonella. While the FDA does not have the authority to order companies to disclose whether their products have been affected or not by Peanut Corporation's subsequent product recall, the agency urged companies whose products do not contain the peanut butter or paste to also make that information available to the public.


"As the news unfolds, it's hard for consumers to know what to buy or which brand to trust," said Bruce Wood, president and CEO of Schiff Nutrition. "Tiger's Milk bars have been a delicious, wholesome source of energy for nearly 50 years, and consumers can confidently rely on the integrity of Tiger's Milk as they do with all nutrition products manufactured by Schiff(R). At Schiff(R) we guarantee the purity and quality of all our products."


Since the 1960's, Tiger's Milk has delivered essential proteins, vitamins and minerals to satisfy healthy appetites. In fact, Tiger's Milk was named by the editors of American Way magazine in the November 2008 issue as one of only six "Most Edible" energy bars (of 30 taste-tested).


Each bar is loaded with 16 vitamins and minerals and contains up to 10 grams of protein -- with zero grams of trans fat. Tiger's Milk is available in regular (1.23-oz) and king size (1.94-oz) and makes an affordable alternative snack for anyone seeking a balance of protein and carbohydrates for energy.


Tiger's Milk nutritional benefits include:
  • 16 vitamins and minerals
  • Up to 10 grams of protein (king-size bar)
  • Good source of calcium and antioxidant Vitamins A and C
  • Natural flavors

Consumer questions are being handled via the "Contact Us" e-mail form at www.tigersmilk.com or by Schiff's Consumer Services Department at 1-800-695-7888.


About Schiff Nutrition International

Schiff Nutrition International, one of the most trusted and respected brands in the nutritional supplement industry, has provided consumers with high quality nutrition products for more than 70 years. Schiff(R) guarantees the purity and potency of its products with stringent quality controls at every point throughout the sourcing, manufacturing, packaging and distribution processes. For more information, visit www.schiffvitamins.com.
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Default Peanut Corporation of America Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lynchburg, Va. (January 28, 2009) – Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is voluntarily recalling all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007. Previously, PCA announced a recall of peanut butter and peanut paste. PCA sells its products to institutional and industrial users for service in large institutions or for sale and further processing by other companies. PCA does not sell peanuts or peanut products directly to consumers in stores.

PCA is not aware of any complaints or reports of illness involving the additional peanuts and peanut products subject to this expanded recall. PCA is acting out of an abundance of caution and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s help to recall all products manufactured in its Georgia facility. PCA is voluntarily taking this larger recall action following almost two weeks of inspection and review at the Georgia facility.

The expanded recall includes all peanuts (dry and oil roasted), granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste. All of the recalled peanuts and peanut products were made only at the company’s Blakely, Georgia facility; the lot numbers and a description of the products being recalled are listed at the end of this release. The Blakely, Georgia facility has stopped producing all peanut products.

The voluntary recall comes amid an FDA investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people nationwide beginning in September, with the largest number of illnesses reported in November. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Because some of our peanut products have been used by manufacturers of pet food, we are also alerting the public that Salmonella is an organism that can potentially be transferred to people handling pet treats exposed to Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The potential for contamination was noted after samples from peanut butter containers and environmental samples from the Blakely, Georgia facility tested positive for Salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation is “very active and dynamic,” and PCA continues to work closely with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they continue their investigation into the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella.

PCA is notifying customers who received recalled products by phone and/or in writing. Customers should segregate and hold the product and call PCA at 1-877-564-7080 for further instructions. Consumers should contact the FDA and visit the agency web site at www.fda.gov for a complete list of all products affected.

“We have been devastated by this, and we have been working around the clock with the FDA to ensure any potentially unsafe products are removed from the market immediately,” said Stewart Parnell, President of Peanut Corporation of America. “Additionally, we are working alongside state and federal food safety experts in every way we can to help them protect consumers, both now and in the future.

“We want our customers and consumers to know that PCA is taking extraordinary measures, out of an abundance of caution, to identify and recall all products that have been identified as potential risks.”

The recalled peanuts and peanut products were distributed nationwide to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies as well as and in Canada, Haiti, Korea and Trinidad.

All lots that are affected begin with the lot number 7, 8 or 9. The following is the description of the products being recalled:

Description:
Peanut Butter All Styles All Sizes All Lots beginning with 7, 8, or 9
Peanut Paste All Styles All Sizes All Lots beginning with 7,8, or 9
Peanut Meal All Styles All Sizes All lots beginning with 7, 8, or 9
Peanut Granules All Styles All Sizes All lots beginning with 7, 8 or 9
Peanuts All Styles All Sizes All lots beginning with 7, 8 or 9
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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) plans to contact the U.S. Department of Justiceto seek criminal prosecution regarding Peanut Corporation of America's connection to the Salmonella outbreak. Full Story
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The list of manufacturers who are voluntarily recalling peanut butter items in association with Peanut Butter of America's Salmonella outbreak expanded. Full Story ... FDA created a searchable database for the recalled products, which can be found at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm
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Inspection reports of Peanut Corp. of America's plant in Blakely, GA varied widely over recent months. A Georgia health inspector who toured the peanut butter plant noted only two minor violations in October. Less than three months later, federal inspectors found roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitation problems. Food safety experts stated the lapse is a major concern and shows state inspectors are spread thin and might need more training on how to spot unsanitary conditions, reported The Associated Press. Full Story
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Congress will hold a public hearing on the Salmonella outbreak. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) wants to focus on the Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of the investigation, calling what occured there "alarming." Among those testifying will be Stewart Parnell, president of Peanut Corp. of America, as well representatives of two labs the company used for testing, reported The Associated Press. Full Story
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Weeks before the salmonella outbreak, peanuts exported by Peanut Corp. of America were found to be adulterated and were returned to the U.S. from Canada, according to The Associated Press. The rejected shipment was logged by FDA, but was never tested by federal inspectors. Full Story
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FDA is expanding its report on manufacturers who are voluntarily recalling peanut butter items in association with Peanut Butter of America's Salmonella outbreak. The list includes: Wells' Dairy, Inc., Uncle Eddies Vegan Cookies, Fieldbrook Foods Corp., Publix and Wegmans Food Markets. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army recalled Unitized Group Rations-A in Europe, reported USA Today. Full Story
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In the wake of the peanut butter recall, a growing list of manufacturers and trade associations joined consumer advocates in asking for stricter regulations on food companies, noted The New York Times on the Web. Full Story (Free Registration Required) For more on what to expect from the Obama administration on the food safety front, check out the recording of the latest Food Institute webinar here
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The New York Times on the Web is calling for the White House and Congress to work together to provide more resources and clout for the guardians of the food supply and to demand more accountability. One proposal that should be acted on immediately would require more technologically advanced methods of tracking foods so that FDA could trace tainted products at the first sign of trouble, according to the publication. Full Story (Free Registration Required)
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MY COMMENT: WTHELL! I gte inspected almost daily, plus have to perform about 5 outside audits per year for various customers. (Those outside audits should be reduced with a new system that is being rolled out)
I'd like to know what companies are not inspected now.


A bill proposed by Democrats on the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee would require food companies to be inspected at least once every four years, reported Food Production Daily. Full Story
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The list of manufacturers who are voluntarily recalling peanut butter items in association with Peanut Butter of America's Salmonella outbreak expanded. Full Story ... A searchable database for the recalled products can be found here. Meanwhile, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency added 17 new American-made peanut products to its recall list. Full Story
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And the list continues to grow. See seperate post on almost a million pounds of chicken products being recalled.

FWIW - they'll be lucky if they get back 100,000 pounds - most of it has been cooked and eaten already.
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