FDA Update on Peanut Butter Recall

On March 9, 2007 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update on the recent Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter. The FDA announced that ConAgra has extended their recall of all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter with product codes beginning with 2111 (including peanut butter toppings) back to October 2004. Consumers who have purchased any of the products since October 2004 should discard them. FDA's advice to consumers continues to be not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter, or any Great Value peanut butter beginning with the 2111 product code. For more information on this update see http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01583.html.

The following toppings sold in 6 lb 10 oz. cans used the recalled peanut butter: Sonic Brand Ready-to-Use Peanut Butter Topping, Carvel Peanut Butter Topping and J. Hungerford Smith Peanut Butter Dessert Topping. Consumers who have any of these products should discard them. For more information on the recall of peanut butter toppings see http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01574.html.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the blood stream and cause life-threatening infections or death. Individuals who have recently eaten peanut butter-containing products from these companies and who have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately and report the illnesses to their state or local health authorities. For more information on Salmonella and foodborne illness see HGIC 3740, Foodborne Illnesses: Bacteria.

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