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Posted Jan 18 2009 7:24am
While most of you are probably already aware since it has been all over the news, given the gravity of the situation I felt the need to post an important alert about a nation-wide recall on peanut butter and all products manufactured with peanut butter or peanut paste. Yesterday, Saturday, January 17th, the FDA advised that consumers avoid any products containing peanut butter until they can get a handle on a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination that has sickened over 470 people in 43 states and has sadly taken the lives of six people, mostly the elderly. Stephen Sundlof, who heads the FDA's food safety center said "we urge consumers to postpone eating any products that contain peanut butter until additional information becomes available." While the FDA believes that most national brands of jarred peanut butter is safe and that the outbreak stems from peanut paste mostly used in commercial baking, they are asking that consumers avoid all peanut butter products at this point in time.

Officials are focusing on peanut butter and peanut paste produced at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America. Peanut Corp. of America serves many well-known food manufacturing companies and baking facilities. In fact, The Kellogg Co. is one of Peanut Corp.'s clients and as a result of this national recall, The Kellogg Co. has recalled over 15 of its own products, including the Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers, snack-size Famous Amos peanut butter cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle peanut butter cookies. For a complete list of their recalled products click on the link below.

Peanut paste is commonly used in cookies, cakes, crackers and ice cream. It is further suggested that for the time-being, peanut butter based baked goods that are prepared on-site at your local supermarket should be avoided until this situation is clarified.

To read more about this recall click on direct link to the FDA alert:

Given the fact that peanut butter is a staple in most households with children it is important that we work together to get this message out to our friends and family.

Educated Plate Note: I was thinking this morning about how tough restricting peanut butter will be for some families that really rely on it as a dietary staple for their kids. This might be a great time to introduce alternatives to your children, like having them use almond butter in replace of traditional peanut butter. Almonds are considered a super-food by many. Not only do they provide valuable protein and calcium, they have also been proven to lower bad cholesterol and help to maintain a healthy heart.
updated: 1/19/09
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