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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday advised consumers to avoid eating any product containing peanut butter or peanut paste until it can determine how many products have been contaminated.
The FDA said it was not including jars of peanut butter sold in grocery stores, only products that were made with peanut butter, such as crackers.
“We are urging people not to eat products that have peanut butter until we have better information and they can make an informed choice,” said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Already more than 450 people have been poisioned, and five people have died, as the result on of a Salmonella outbreak. A sixth death may be linked to the outbreak.
The FDA said Friday its investigators found contamination in a Blakely, Ga., peanut-processing plant owned by Lynchburg, Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America but had not confirmed the contamination at the plant is the same strain that caused the Salmonella outbreak.
The plant, which employees about 50 people, suspended operations this week while investigators look for clues. The Atlanta-based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is analyzing the evidence gathered by FDA inspectors.
The FDA said Friday it is also investigating at least one peanut grower, but did not release more information.
In the processing of peanuts for peanut butter, the peanuts are roasted to about 350 degrees, which normally would kill any kind of Salmonella contamination, said Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, which has been monitoring the crisis since the outbreak was revealed about a week ago.
“I think they would be looking at a post-roaster issue,” said Koehler.
Peanut Corp. of America on Friday expanded its recall of peanut butter for bulk distribution â€” which is believed to be the source of the contamination. Previously, the company recalled 21 lots of peanut butter produced on or after July 1, 2008.
The company expanded it Friday to a voluntary recall of all peanut butter produced on or after Aug. 8, 2008, and peanut paste produced on or after Sept. 26, 2008, at the Georgia plant.
Late Friday, Kellogg announced it is recalling as a precaution about 33,000 cases of cookies, and 7 million cases of crackers from grocery shelves. On Saturday a company spokesperson, Kris Charles, declined to say how much the recall is costing.
No Georgians have died, but six have taken ill, ranging from age 7 to 73, as a result of the outbreak, said the state Division of Public Health, which declined to identify the victims.
Kellogg is now asking consumers who possess recalled products to destroy them. Consumers wishing to receive a refund may do so by calling the customer service number listed on the recall notice.
These are the products Kellog has told retailers to recall and customers to destroy:
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut ButterSandwich Crackers â€“ all sizes
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Mega Stuffed Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter â€“ all sizes
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods PB & J Cracker Sandwiches â€“ all sizes
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Super Snack Pack Sandwich Crackers
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers â€“ all sizes
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter â€“ all sizes
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Reduced Fat Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality Foods Reduced Fat Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality FoodsCookie/Cracker Pack
â€¢ AustinÂ® Quality FoodsVariety Pack
â€¢ KeeblerÂ® Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers â€“ all sizes
â€¢ KeeblerÂ® Toast & PB’n J Flavored Sandwich Crackers â€“ all sizes
â€¢ KeeblerÂ® Toast & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers â€“ all sizes
â€¢ Famous AmosÂ® Peanut Butter Cookies (2- and 3-ounce)
â€¢ KeeblerÂ® Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies (2.5-ounce)
In addition, Little Debbie products containing peanut butter was also recalled early Sunday morning. A complete list of products on that recall list will be announced later today.
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