A multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter has resulted in 125 different food recalls. Peanut butter and peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) haveÂ been confirmed as the sole source of the salmonella outbreak, which has so far sickened 486 people in 43 states. Earlier this month, the outbreak strain […]
A multi-state <"https://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter has resulted in 125 different food recalls. Peanut butter and peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) haveÂ been confirmed as the sole source of the salmonella outbreak, which has so far sickened 486 people in 43 states.
Earlier this month, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium was found in an opened 5 pound container of PCA’s King Nut Peanut Butter in Minnesota.Â Now, the same strain has been found in an unopened container of PCA peanut butter in Connecticut.Â A different strain of salmonella has also been found on the floor of PCA’s Blakely, Georgia plant.Â
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is still conducting tests at that facility, and has said that products containing peanut butter or paste made there after July 1 should be recalled.Â PCA hasÂ stopped production at the Blakely plant while the FDA investigates.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 14 institutions where people became sick had bought peanut butter made by PCA.Â Others sickened in the nationwide outbreak reported eating either Keebler or AustinÂ peanut butter crackers made by the Kellogg Company, which are made with PCA peanut butter.
Kellogg has already recalled peanut butter crackers and cookies that may have been made with PCA peanut butter or peanut paste.Â But PCA makes these ingredients for 85 firms, and in the past several days, salmonella worries have prompted an avalanche of recalls.Â PCA also makes peanut butter that is distributed in bulk to nursing homes, schools and other institutions.
The FDA has set up a searchable database on its website where consumers can keep track of the ever-growing list of salmonella recalls.Â The agency is also warning consumers to avoid eating any foods with peanut butter until the salmonella investigation is complete.Â However, the agency also said that peanut butters sold in retail stores are safe.
Companies that recently added foods to the FDA’s recall list include: