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Campus affected by FDA peanut butter recall

Feb 23, 2007 | Murray State News Fast Track was one of many grocery stores across the nation recently forced to pull jars of peanut butter off the shelves when the FDA issued a recall for all Peter Pan and Great Value brands of peanut butter produced by ConAgra last week.

All jars with the serial code beginning "2111" were recalled due to evidence suggesting they contained Salmonella.

Richard Fritz, director of Food Services, said the University carries the Peter Pan brand, and took action immediately after seeing an issue for the recall on TV.

"We knew when had that code on our invoice, so we sent out a campus-wide e-mail and took all remaining jars of the product off the shelves," Fritz said.

The only peanut butter affected was sold at Fast Track.

Fritz said students who purchased the recalled peanut butter should throw the product away and return the lid to Fast Track or mail it to ConAgra.

The University will receive a full refund from the vendor for unopened jars, and lids will be refunded for the amount the University purchased the product at, Fritz said.

If students return the lids to Fast Track, they will receive a refund for $3.20 or a credit for the amount to use on other items.

Fritz said presently only four or five lids have been returned and fewer than six jars have been sent back from the University.

Fritz said the Peter Pan brand has always had a good customer response, but the University plans to stop carrying the product until the contamination has been cleared up.

"It is going to affect people's confidence in the product for a while," Fritz said. "It will hurt their overall distribution for a while."

Adam Murphy, junior from Russellville, Ky., purchased a recalled jar of Great Value peanut butter from Wal-Mart.

Murphy said his roommate saw the recall on the news, noticed Murphy had one of the jars and threw it away.

He said he does not plan to purchase either brand in the future.

"I did not get sick after eating the peanut butter, but it still makes me uneasy about that brand," Murphy said.

Nine cases of Salmonella have been reported in Kentucky from September 2006 through January 2007 in Calloway, Jefferson, Kenton, Marshall, Greenup, Meade and Warren counties, according to

Since August, 300 people in 39 states have become ill with the probable cause leading to the recalled peanut butter brands. There are no reported deaths.

Salmonella infects about 40,000 people a year and kills about 600 in the United States.

Some symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting.

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