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Peanut Butter Recall

Updated on October 16, 2011


Peanut butter is a common food that is found in households across North America. It is a food source that is recommended for diabetic. I eat a teaspoon of peanut now and then when I am feeling a bit hungry but not hungry enough to have a meal. It satisfies my hunger and keeps me from eating more than I need.

Peanut butter makes a great sandwich and for quite sometime was a school lunch favourite.

It is also important to recognize the people who have a peanut allergy and for whom any contact with peanut butter can be fatal or at least make then very ill.

This reality has forced parents to seek alternatives as peanut butter is banned from schools due to the threat it poses.

The recent Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recall in the United Sates shows that peanut butter poses another threat.

The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste—a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts—that are both distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream. In addition, PCA peanut butter is distributed to and institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias.

To date only peanut butter from a plant owned by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is involved.

There are some things to consider, one is that peanut butter and peanut paste are in a wide range of products, ice cream, cookies, candies and cereal to name a few. There is a list of products that to date are affected.

The second is the reminder that how the common everyday things that we take for granted, liked peanut butter and cheeseburgers can turn into a nightmare and create a health and economic disaster.

So far the economic impact of this outbreak appears to be minimal but the health impact is as not yet fully known but sources say over 470 people have been infected and six have died.

If you have contacted salmonella you are most likely to develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The majority will recover without treatment but will be ill for four to seven days.

The diarrhea, for some, may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these cases it is possible the Salmonella infection will spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is better to be safe than sorry.

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    Shannon 8 years ago from New York

    Just to be safe, as I didn't know all the exact details... I have been avoiding PB all together until this mess is all cleaned up...

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    you are welcome, the company is under investigation.

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    kristinemac 8 years ago from Michigan

    Thank you for the excellent and informative hub. I was disturbed to read yesterday that the president of the peanut company where the source of the salmonella outbreak has originated actually knew about the contamination and sold the products anyway, complaining in emails about lost revenue, etc. Shameful, man. Thanks again for this great hub :)

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree Katherine, make as much of your own food as you can. thanks for visiting.

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    Katherine Baldwin 8 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Bob, my day job (before I retired) took me into manufacturing plants on a daily basis. I have seen things that would make your blood run cold when it comes to food processing plants. Grow a brain, people. Get a good set of cookware and a food processor and make your OWN food!!! Don't mean to sound rabid, but how much would you spend for hospital bills versus cooking equipment? (Getting off my soapbox now)


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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am happy I could help, good scavenging.

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    poorQpine 8 years ago from USA

    Thanks for the heads up Bob. The fact that I am a scavenger and especially during the winter months as the snow is a foot deep and tree bark is getting old. All those keebler crackers getting tossed would seem a wonderful find, I will be avoiding them now. Maybe live a little longer too.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    PB is so common and is a kids' favoruite which as you said makes theh recall scarier. I am very glad that the major brands are considered safe; peanuts are everywhere it seems. Thank you all for visiting.

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    newsworthy 8 years ago

    Yeah! The FDA said major brands of peanut butter sold in jars are not affected by the recalls.

    Yeah! PB&J's are sooo good.

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    MRS Great Caruso 8 years ago

    Bob, thanks fr this info!!! I believe this is scarier because it concerns a kids favorite food.

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    megankouz 8 years ago

    Thanks for posting the list link. I had heard about the recall but wasn't certain what exactly was recalled. You don't realize everything that has peanuts in it!

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It would be very costly to test everything and people do not want to pay high prices for food.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

    Thanks Bob for additional info that I didn't know about. It's seems like every time you think food is safe, another recall pops up. We've become so complacent with food and safety standards or either too much red tape in goverment leads to industries perhaps cutting too many corners. It's very scary.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, the info is in the linka about all the products to date.

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    Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    I love peanut butter!!!  I actually received a warning call yesterday from some agency telling me about this recall.  I don't know whose list I am on, but I was grateful.  Still, they said it was not peanut butter but the Keebler peanut butter crackers we needed to avoid.  I will check your lists... I generally purchase valencia peanut butter from the health food stores... the kind my kids hate, haha.  Not enough sugar.  Thanks for this hub.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I think that may be what is most scary, the fondness of children for peanut buter, its reasonable price and the many products it is in thanks for visiting.

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    Lgali 8 years ago

    very good info I do not use peanut butter I am fine

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    Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Its a scary situation! We threw out some of the Keebler PB crackers from our pantry a few days ago. But with 4 kids, peanut butter is a daily staple at our house.