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FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!

 
Peter Pan
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FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P07-21
February 14, 2007


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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter
Product May be Contaminated With Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.

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 bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

FDA's warning is based on a just-completed epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter. This report was provided to FDA on February 13.

The outbreak appears to be ongoing and the first consumer may have become ill in August 2006. The cause of foodborne illnesses can be difficult to identify. As a result of extensive epidemiological testing and recent case control studies, CDC was recently able to identify Peter Pan peanut butter as the likely cause of illness. Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination.

ConAgra is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed. The company also is destroying all affected products in their possession. The company will cease production until the exact cause of contamination can be identified and eliminated. ConAgra will advise consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 in their possession. To assist in this endeavor, FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra's processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia where the products are made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee.

FDA will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

Consumers who have questions should contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970.

[link to www.fda.gov]
Anonymous Coward
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02/14/2007 11:03 PM
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Re: FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!
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Anonymous Coward
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02/14/2007 11:11 PM
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Re: FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!
Holy crap!

I just bought a large jar two days ago, and it has the 2111 number!

I want a replacement, not just throw it out!
Peter Pan (OP)
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02/14/2007 11:21 PM
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Re: FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!
search threads here at GLP . Lots of foods Contaminated With Salmonella lately! Not the typical foods such as chicken or eggs. How can Salmonella get into peanut butter, fruits, veggies.



Salmonella typhi infection
[link to www.cdc.gov]

Salmonella enteritidis

[link to www.cdc.gov]

Salmonella Infection (salmonellosis) and Animals

[link to www.cdc.gov]

So what type of strain is this one? Watch for news updates.

-fair use applies-
Salmonella outbreak due to peanut butter

By MIKE STOBBE
AP MEDICAL WRITER

ATLANTA -- A salmonella outbreak that has slowly grown to nearly 300 cases in 39 states since August has been linked to tainted peanut butter, federal health officials said Wednesday.

It is believed to be the first salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter in U.S. history, said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 20 percent of the 288 infected people have been hospitalized, but none has died, said Dr. Mike Lynch, a CDC epidemiologist.

About 85 percent of the infected people said they ate peanut butter, CDC officials said.

How salmonella got into peanut butter is still under investigation, Lynch said.

The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter because of the risk of contamination.

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The affected jars have a product code on the lid that begins with the number "2111." The affected jars are made by ConAgra in a single facility in Sylvester, Ga., the FDA said.

Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected, the agency said.

ConAgra said it is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111.

"Although none of our extensive product tests have indicated the presence of salmonella, we are taking this precautionary measure because consumer health and safety is out top priority," spokesman Chris Kircher said. "We are working closely with the FDA to better understand its concerns, and we will take whatever additional measures are needed to ensure the safety, quality and wholesomeness of our products."

The largest number of salmonella cases were reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.

Salmonella infection is known each year to sicken about 40,000 people in the United States, according to the CDC. Salmonellosis, as the infection is known, kills about 600 people annually.

Symptoms of salmonella can include diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting.

The new outbreak began in August, but just two or fewer cases have been reported each day, CDC officials said.

It was only in the past few days that investigators were able to hone in on a particular food, Lynch said.

ConAgra is destroying all affected products the company still has, the FDA said.

The company will cease production until the exact cause of contamination can be identified and eliminated. Meanwhile, ConAgra advised consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111.

The FDA sent investigators to ConAgra's processing plant in Sylvester where the products were made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for salmonella.
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Holy crap!

I just bought a large jar two days ago, and it has the 2111 number!

I want a replacement, not just throw it out!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 151551



Yeah me too!
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02/14/2007 11:35 PM
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peanuts kill more people than terrorists
confuzzled Woo Woo
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02/14/2007 11:38 PM
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but... but... but...

Peanut butter doesn't contain animal products.

At least it's not supposed to...
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Re: FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!
Yes, many kinds of animals can pass salmonellosis to people. Usually, people get salmonellosis by eating contaminated food, such as chicken or eggs. However, animals can carry Salmonella and pass it in their feces (stool). Therefore, people can also get salmonellosis if they do not wash their hands after touching the feces of animals. Reptiles (lizards, snakes, and turtles), baby chicks, and ducklings are especially likely to pass salmonellosis to people. Dogs, cats, birds (including pet birds), horses, and farm animals can also pass Salmonella in their feces.


They are still investigating how the Peanut Butter bacame Contaminated With Salmonella.

I hope there was no reptiles in my peanut butter!
feces peanut butter Woo Woo
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"You got chameleon in my peanut butter"

"You got peanut butter in my chameleon"


Hell, I bet 3/5ths of GLP posters are too young to know what I'm babbling about.
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LOL@190882


reeses feces.
Anonymous Coward
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02/15/2007 11:05 AM
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Re: FDA RECALL Peanut Butter May be Contaminated With Salmonella!
ConAgra's site doesn't even mention the RECALL!


[link to www.conagrafoods.com]

Peter Pan 800-222-7370

[link to www.conagrafoods.com]

Call them and ask for a rebate.

I was on hold forever so I just emailed them.