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Peanut product recalls spreads fast across the nation like warm butter

Jimmy (creamy style) Carter
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02/02/2009 07:52 AM
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Peanut product recalls spreads fast across the nation like warm butter
Peanut product recalls spread fast
The economic wallop from a salmonella outbreak in peanut products continues to spread with more than 800 recalls and more expected this week.
The recall, one of the largest ever, started with bulk peanut butter, spread to crackers and cookies and has engulfed products as diverse as kettle corn, pad Thai and trail mix.

Whole Foods (WFMI), for one, has removed more than 80 products from its stores, its website says. Anecdotal evidence indicates that sales of all peanut-related products, even unaffected peanut butters, are slipping, says Robert Brackett, senior vice president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a food industry trade group.

"All it takes is a little company, and it has a huge ripple effect," he says.

The Department of Justice on Friday joined in the investigation of Peanut Corp. of America, raising the possibility of criminal charges. PCA's Blakely, Ga., plant has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that's sickened 529 and may have contributed to eight deaths. For every reported illness, dozens go unreported.

[link to www.usatoday.com]