I hope everyone is staying away from peanut butter (even cookie dough and “all-natural” stuff have been affected). Apparently, they put up a peanut butter pet food recall too, for a certain brand of dog treat. I thought nuts were bad for dogs, but there it is. Forbes has the lowdown:
The Food and Drug Administration has traced the outbreak to a Georgia plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America, which makes peanut butter and peanut paste and sells it to institutions and food companies. The outbreak may have contributed to the deaths of six people and sickened more than 470 others in 43 states.
The government has advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods containing peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination. Peanut butter sold in jars to consumers is not included, officials said.
The FDA has created a searchable list of recalled products and brands on the agency’s Web site. Among the recently recalled items that contain peanut butter:
_ Country Maid Inc.: The West Bend, Iowa company is recalling its two-pound packages of Classic Breaks Peanut Butter Cookie Dough because the peanut butter was supplied by Peanut Corp.
_ PetSmart Inc.: The pet supplies retailer, with 1,107 stores in the U.S. and Canada, recalled seven of its Grreat Choice Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by Peanut Corp.
_ Grocer Meijer, which operates 181 stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky: Meijer brand Cheese and Peanut Butter and Toasty Peanut Butter crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.
_ Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery chain: Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold in stores named City Market, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Scoopers, QFC and Smith’s in 11 states, primarily in the West. The company said the ice cream was not sold in its namesake Kroger stores or any other retailers it operates.
_ General Mills: two flavors of snack bars, LARABAR Peanut Butter Cookie and JamFrakas Peanut Butter Blisscrisp.
_ Clif Bar & Co.: Some Clif branded bars, including some under Luna and Clif Mojo labels.
_ Abbott Nutrition: ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars and NutriPals Peanut Butter Chocolate nutrition bars. The items are sold in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore.
_Cub Foods: The grocer recalled several of its Cub Foods brand peanut butter cookies sold at stores in Minnesota and Iowa.
_Evening Rise Bread Co.: The McCall, Idaho-based baking company recalled batches of peanut butter cookies and peanut butter bars Monday due to potential for salmonella contamination.
_McKee Foods Corp.: The Collegedale, Tenn. maker of Little Debbies issued a voluntary recall of its peanut butter crackers because of possible contamination.
_Hy-Vee Inc.: The Midwest supermarket chain of West Des Moines, Iowa issued a voluntary recall of a host of products containing peanut butter.
_Perry’s Ice Cream Co.: The Akron, N.Y. company recalled a number of ice cream products including its own brands and several created and sold under the Wegmans grocery store brand.
_South Bend Chocolate Co.: The Indiana company recalled some of its candies because of a possible link to the salmonella outbreak.
_Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products: The company, a division of St. Louis-based Ralcorp, recalled several brands of peanut butter cookies it sells through Wal-Mart stores.
Pretty extensive. I’m staying away from peanut-anything for the time being.