BFAD advisory on US peanut butter

I heard in the news this morning that Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) has issued an advisory for the public to refrain from purchasing and consuming US peanut butter products that are being recalled by its US manufacturer. Kellogg Co. on Friday announced a US-wide voluntary recall of selected peanut butter products due to salmonella concerns.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. For more information on salmonella, visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (http://www.cdc.gov).

The following are Kellogg’s lists of products produced on or after July 1, 2008 which are possibly contaminated with salmonella.

• Austin® Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter - all sizes
• Austin® Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut ButterSandwich Crackers – all sizes
• Austin® Quality Foods Mega Stuffed Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
• Austin® Quality Foods PB & J Cracker Sandwiches – all sizes
• Austin® Quality FoodsSuper Snack Pack Sandwich Crackers
• Austin® Quality Foods Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
• Austin® Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
• Austin® Quality Foods Reduced Fat Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
• Austin® Quality Foods Reduced Fat Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
• Austin® Quality FoodsCookie/Cracker Pack
• Austin® Quality FoodsVariety Pack
• Keebler® Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
• Keebler® Toast & PB'n J Flavored Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
• Keebler® Toast & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers – all sizes
• Famous Amos® Peanut Butter Cookies (2- and 3-ounce)
• Keebler® Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies (2.5-ounce)

Hy-Vee Inc. announced January 17 the voluntarily recall the following products made in its bakery departments because they contain peanut butter that has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella:

Peanut Butter Cookies, Monster Cookies, Peanut Butter Reese's Pieces Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lunchbox Reese's Pieces Cookies, Lunchbox Peanut Butter Cookies, People Chow Party Mix and Assorted Truffle Fudge. All sell-by dates are included in this recall. The products are sold in various packaging and quantities and have a Hy-Vee price label attached.

Perry’s Ice Cream on January 17 also announced a voluntary recall of select ice cream products containing peanut butter because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Perry’s Ice Cream, in a press statement posted in US FDA Web site, said PCA is one of Perry’s peanut butter sauce suppliers.

Perry’s Ice Cream said it is recalling ice cream products containing peanut butter sauce, which have been recalled by PCA. It said that Perry’s Ice Cream has not received any consumer illness complaints about its products. It said the affected products for recall have been distributed in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.

Products affected by the Perry’s Ice Cream are as follows:

• Perry's Premium Peanut Butter Cup Craze Ice Cream 1/2 Pint
• Perry's Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 1.5 QT, 1.75 QT AND 3 GL
• Perry's Peanut Butter Chip Frozen Yogurt 1.5 QT, 1.75 QT and 3 GL
• Perry's Peanut Butter Sundae Crunch Ice Cream Bar Bulk 24 pack
• Perry's Premium Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream 1.5 QT and 1.75 QT
• Perry's Perfectly Churned Light Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 1.5 QT and 1.75 QT
• Perry's Light Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 1.75 QT
• Shurfine Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 1.75 QT
• Wegmans Chocolate Nutty Cone Ice Cream 1.75 QT
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 1.75 QT and Pint
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream 1.75 QT
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Sundae Ice Cream 1.75 QT
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Pretzel Ice Cream 1.75 QT
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Bar 6 pack
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Candy Sundae Cup Ice Cream 4 pack
• Wegmans Peanut Butter Sundae Cup Ice Cream 4 pack

King Nut Companies, a US distributor of peanut butter manufactured for them by PCA, had announced last January 10 a recall of peanut butter distributed under the King Nut label.

King Nut, in a press statement posted in the US FDA Web site, said it recalled its peanut butter products as soon as it was informed that salmonella had been found in an open five-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter.

So for peanut butter lovers out there take note of those products listed above, if you purchased any of those products, the company urged its consumers to ask for a refund or to simply destroy those items.


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