The peanut butter recall has been all over the news the past few weeks. With the amount of information coming at us at such a fast pace, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Here is a summary of the information we have so far:
The Salmonella outbreak is tied to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) which manufactures and supplies bulk peanut butter to many food companies and manufacturers. Their product is not sold directly to the consumer.
The major reason for the expanding recall is that, according to FDA officials, even though products tested positive for salmonella they were shipped after a second test came back negative. This forced the FDA to expand the recall by two years.
Many companies are voluntarily recalling their products that contain peanut butter. This is mostly being done as a precaution until the FDA has complete information regarding the contamination. Kellogg has voluntarily recalled the following products:
- Austin Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter – all sizes
- Austin Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich 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 Foods Super 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 Foods Cookie/Cracker Pack
- Austin Quality Foods Variety 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)
And most recently, Kellogg recalled some Keebler cookies and Special K bars.
In addition, companies such as Little Debbie, Starbucks, Luna Bar and many others have pulled products even though their ingredients were not supplied by the PCA.
These recalls have even reached our four legged friends. While the risk to animals is minimal, there is risk to owners handling the products.
The good news is that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has come out stating that the number of cases are on decline and that they feel the worst is over. However, do use common sense and if you are not sure about a product recall, you can always do an Internet search.
For the full recall list, visit http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html#recalls
Also, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of salmonella poisoning. Of course, if you believe anyone in your family has been affected, call your doctor immediately.
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Possibly, blood in the feces.