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Peanut Butter Updates for Jan. 21, 2009

Posted Jan 22 2009 4:03pm
Due to the growing number of peanut butter recalls I will post teh recalls once a day on a combined post.

Boca Grande Foods Announces a Nationwide Recall of POCO PAC®, and GRANDE GOURMET™ Peanut Butter Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Contact:
Boca Grande Foods
800-788-8026, extension 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- DULUTH, Ga. (Jan. 20, 2009) — Boca Grande Foods Inc. of Duluth, Ga., is recalling POCO PAC® and GRANDE GOURMET™ peanut butter and peanut butter and jelly combination products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more sever illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

POCO PAC®, and GRANDE GOURMET™ peanut butter products were distributed nationally for use in foodservice institutions. The products were distributed in 0.5 oz., 0.75 oz., 1 oz., 1.12 oz., 2 oz., 2.25 oz. and 3 oz. individual plastic containers labeled with POCO PAC®, ™ or GRANDE GOURMET™, as well as unbranded 16 oz., 5 lb. and 50 lb. bulk plastic containers.

This recall follows the announcement that peanut products from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) are possibly contaminated with Salmonella. PCA supplied bulk peanut paste to Boca Grande Foods, which used it to make the peanut butter products affected by this recall.

Customers who received any products affected by this recall will be contacted directly by a Boca Grande Foods customer service representative. Implicated product is to be isolated for pick-up by Boca Grande Foods. Customers with questions or concerns about the recall may contact Boca Grande Foods at 800-788-8026, extension 15.
Premier Nutrition Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of selected TWISTED and TITAN Branded Bars Containing Peanut Butter Due to Possible Health Risk
Contact:
Premier Nutrition, Inc.
1-888-836-8977

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan 20, 2009 – Premier Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of select TWISTED and TITAN branded bars that contain peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a recent Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/ or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

The following Premier Nutrition products with "Best By" dates ranging as shown below, in the specific sizes and flavors indicated, are included in the recall:

TWISTED Nutrition Bar, Vanilla
BEST BY: AUG 01 2009A (August 1, 2009), through JAN 09 2010A (January 9, 2010)
TWISTED Nutrition Bar, Chocolate
BEST BY: AUG 01 2009A (August 1, 2009), through JAN 09 2010A (January 9, 2010)
TWISTED Nutrition Bar, Peanut Butter
BEST BY: AUG 01 2009A (August 1, 2009), through JAN 09 2010A (January 9, 2010)
TWISTED Nutrition Bar, Variety Packs 15 and 24 count
DATED: 07/01/09 (July 1, 2009) through 01/09/10 (January 9, 2010)
TITAN Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Peanut Crunch (80g size)
BEST BY: SEP 04 2009A (September 4, 2009) through DEC 17 2009A (December 17, 2009)
TITAN Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Peanut Crunch (25g size)
BEST BY: SEP 04 2009A (September 4, 2009) through DEC 17 2009A (December 17, 2009)
These products were sold in grocery, warehouse and other retail stores throughout the United States as well as over the internet.

No other PREMIER NUTRITION flavors, brands or products are included in this recall.

"We regret the need to take this action, but the complete safety of our customers and consumers is our highest priority," said Chris Geist, Chief Operating Officer, Premier Nutrition.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy them; if refund or replacement is desired, consumers should remove the "Best By" code found on the back of the package without opening the package. Consumers with questions or who would like a refund or replacement may contact Premier Nutrition at 888-836-8977. Details also can be found at www.premiernutrition.com.

Dinners Ready Meridian Recalls November & December Asian Marinated Flank Steak, Indonesian Chicken and Chicken Satay Prepared Meals Because of Possible Health Risk
Contact:
Cynthia Rasavage, Owner
(208) 888-6828

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 20, 2009 -- Dinners Ready of Meridian, ID is recalling the Asian Marinated Flank Steak with Sesame Vegetable Stir Fry, Indonesian Chicken with Coconut Rice, and Chicken Satay & Bangkok Peanut Sauce with Jasmine Rice meals prepared from their November & December menus because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Dinners Ready Meridian was informed by Sysco Food Services of Idaho which distributed the peanut butter about the recall. The marinades used for the protein portions of the meals were made using peanut butter recalled by Peanut Corporation of American because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The meals sold by Dinners Ready, Meridian, ID can be assembled on-site by the consumer or a pre-assembled meal can be selected from the firm’s cooler. Each meal is packaged in a Zip-lock baggie, with each ingredient in a separate Zip-lock baggie. The outer Zip-lock baggie contains the Dinners Ready logo and the cooking instructions. Distribution is in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho.

The recall applies only to the protein portion that comes as part of the packaged dinners and not to the side dish or Bangkok Peanut sauce accompanying the meals.

No known illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. The recall was initiated after it was determined that the peanut product received from Sysco Food Services of Idaho was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America. Dinners Ready Meridian has informed FDA of its actions and is fully cooperating with the Agency.

Customers who have any of these meals in their possession are urged to return the meal to the store for a meal replacement of another type.

Customers with questions may contact Dinners Ready Meridian (208) 888-6828.




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