Salmonella Prompted More Recalls Salmonella concerns have prompted more recalls of peanut butter snacks, including ice cream, crackers and nutrition bars. Meanwhile, federal health regulators have confirmed that some peanut butter crackers recalled by the Kellogg Company were tainted with salmonella linked to a nationwide outbreak that has sickened hundreds.
Over the weekend, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to eat foods made with peanut butter or peanut paste. The announcement came after salmonella-tainted peanut butter was found at a Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) manufacturing facility in Georgia. PCA became the focus of the salmonella investigation after the bacteria had been discovered in an opened 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter in Minnesota earlier this month. PCA then recalled all of its peanut butters, including those sold under the King Nut and Parnell’s Pride labels.
PCA only sells peanut butter to food service firms and institutions, so varieties sold in retail stores are not suspect in the salmonella outbreak. But because the PCA Georgia plant provides peanut ingredients – mostly peanut butter and peanut paste – to 85 other food companies, the FDA told consumers to avoid all foods with those ingredients. The discovery of salmonella at the Georgia factory also set off an avalanche of recalls that included snack crackers and cookies made by the Kellogg Company, and some Little Debbie snacks.
Today’s recalls include the following Meijer Brand peanut butter crackers and ice cream sold in all of its stores and gas stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky:
- Meijer Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, UPC #0-41250-56235
- Meijer Toasty Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, UPC #0-41250-56239
- Meijer Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream, UPC #00000007-19283-96635-3
- Meijer Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream, UPC #00000007-19283-96843-2
Kroger is recalling the following ice cream sold in City Market, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC and Smith’s stores in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New
- Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.:
- Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold in 48-ounce containers with a “Sell by” date of 9-13-2009 under the following UPC Code Number: 0001111054437.
- Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold in 56-ounce containers with a “Sell by” date of 8-11-2009 under the following UPC Code Number: 0001111052816.
Abbott Nutrition is recalling the following:
- ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, all sizes and quantities
- ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars, all sizes and quantities
- NutriPals Peanut Butter Chocolate nutrition bars, all sizes and quantities
Finally, Clif Bar & is recalling all CLIF(R) and LUNA(R) branded bars that contain peanut butter, including:
- Clif Bar Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch; BEST BY/SELL BY: 21JUN09 to 01OCT09, and 03NOV09 to 28NOV09
- Clif Bar Crunchy Peanut Butter; BEST BY/SELL BY: 21JUN09 to 01OCT09, and 03NOV09 to 28NOV09
- Clif Bar Peanut Toffee Buzz; BEST BY/SELL BY: only 13SEP09
- ZBaR Peanut Butter; BEST BY/SELL BY: 07JUL09 to 05SEP09, and 12NOV09
- Clif Builders Peanut Butter; BEST BY/SELL BY: 19JUL09 to 30SEP09, and 05NOV09 to 18NOV09
- Luna Nutz over Chocolate; BEST BY/SELL BY: 29JUL09 to 03OCT09, 11NOV09 to 14NOV09
- Luna Peanut Butter Cookie; BEST BY/SELL BY: 02OCT09 to 03OCT09, and 11NOV09 to 14NOV09
- All Clif Mojo Bars; BEST BY/SELL BY: 30APR09 to 21JUN09
Also, the FDA has confirmed that that salmonella was found in a package of Kellogg’s Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter. This is the first product sold to consumers that’s known to have tested positive for the salmonella strain. The crackers were included in a recall of peanut butter snacks Kellogg announced over the weekend.
As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said 475 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. The CDC says it has received illness reports from 43 states and Canada. The outbreak may be linked to six deaths, the CDC said.