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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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:/www.fda.gov 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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Don’t Eat Peanut Butter Products!

Posted by feww on January 18, 2009

FDA and CDC Advise Against Peanut Butter Products Pending Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

The FDA and CDC Saturday recommended consumers not eat products containing peanut butter (including candy, cereal, cookies, crackers, and ice cream) until it could be established whether those products are responsible for the ongoing salmonella outbreak, which has so far sickened some 474 people in 43 states and may have contributed to 6 deaths.

The outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium is blamed on Peanut butter.  Peanut butter and products containing peanut paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at a processing plant in Blakely, Ga., have already been recalled.

About a quarter of the known cases required  hospitalizations and the infections may have contributed to six deaths, according to Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Centers’ division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.

The reported sicknesses began in September, but have since grown in numbers with more than 20 cases reported on January 16. The very young, elderly and immunocompromised are most at risk.

“In terms of food products which contain peanut butter, but have not yet been recalled, we urge consumers to postpone eating these products until information becomes available about whether that product may be affected,” FDA said.

Kellogg announced it was voluntarily recalling some of its Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter sandwich crackers, as well as snack-size Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies.

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. Most people infected with Salmonella develop the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover with treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. For more information on Salmonella bacteria, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

Peanut Corporation of America is a family-owned and operated business since 1976 based in Lynchburg, VA and operating facilities in Blakely, GA, Suffolk, VA and Plainview, TX.

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