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Peanut Corp of America widens salmonella recall

Posted by feww on January 29, 2009

[8 years and at least 12 cases of salmonella infected peanut butter later] FDA inspectors discover more strains of salmonella at the Georgia plant in the center of salmonella poisoning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday said Peanut Corp of America would expand its recall to include all peanut products produced at its Blakely, Georgia plant since January 1, 2007, after FDA inspectors discovered more strains of salmonella at the plant.

Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Gram-negative bacilli, or rod-shaped Salmonella sp. The genus Salmonella is a member of the taxonomic family, Enterobacteriaceae, and approximately 2000 serotypes of this genis are known to cause disease in human beings. Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr/CDC

Case count is 501 in 43 states with latest confirmed, reported illness beginning on January 8, 2009, CDC said.

“These additional products are being recalled because there is concern of potential salmonella contamination, including contamination with salmonella strains not associated with the current outbreak,” Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said.


Persons Infected with the Outbreak Strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, United States, by State, September 1, 2008 to January 25, 2009. Image: CDC

Sundlof stressed, however, that so far the only illnesses linked to salmonella poisoning in peanut products was caused by Salmonella Typhimurium strain.

“CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and FDA will continue to monitor incidents of salmonella illness throughout the country,” he said.


“Sundlof said the expanded recall now includes all peanuts [dry and roasted ,] granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste made at the Blakely, Georgia facility, which has stopped production of all products. Reuters reported.

FDA officials don’t know how many more products will be included in the widened recall. Check their website at http:/ for updates.

The recall so far includes about 200 products in the United States, Canada and Britain, from crackers to dog treats. Reuters said.

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  4. feww said

    Peanut Corporation of America Bites the Dust

  5. Rosa said

    don’t we have agencies who are supposed to keep things like this from happening? ugg, I saw this video:
    and i don’t know if I will be having a PB&J anytime soon. They show a guy from the plant talking about things he has found mixed in with the nuts and it is not anything I’d want to eat.

    • msrb said

      Rosa – salmonella, as deadly as it can be, is something of ‘child’s play’ in the bigger scheme of the things! Don’t we have agencies to arrest and prosecute war criminals and mass murderers?

      [Rosa thanks for the link. USFDA, like all other govt. agencies, has once again failed the taxpayers. FEWW]

  6. feww said

    Very messy affair, indeed. Unfortunately, not unique by any means!

  7. Caroline said

    This is not an accident. This is bio-terrorism.

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