As Salmonella Recall Expands, FDA Warns Consumers To "Postpone Eating" Many Peanut Butter Products

The FDA still hasn’t tracked down all that yummy salmonella-contaminated peanut butter, and until they do, they want consumers to stop eating all “commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products and institutionally-served peanut butter.” No, this doesn’t mean the jar of Skippy on your shelf, but it does seem to cover cookies, cakes, and ice cream; pretty much any shrink-wrapped peanut butter snack.

The problem is that the affected products aren’t sold in one or two pound jars that are sold in supermarkets. The contaminated peanut butter from the Peanut Corporation of America factory in Georgia was sold in bulk packages that weighed between five and 1700 pounds. Contaminated peanut paste was sold in sizes ranging from 35 pounds to whole tanker containers. That’s a lot of contaminated peanut butter!

Until the FDA salmonella hunters can determine who got which tanker of what, they don’t want anyone eating manufactured products with peanut butter. Sorry!

Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the FDA urges consumers to postpone eating commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products and institutionally-served peanut butter until further information becomes available about which products may be affected. Efforts to specifically identify those products are ongoing.

At this time, there is no indication that any national name brand jars of peanut butter sold in retail stores are linked to the PCA recall. As the investigation continues over the weekend, and into next week, the FDA will be able to update the advice based on new sampling and distribution information.

It’s not like most of this stuff goes bad quickly, so just keep it in the pantry for a few weeks until you know it’s safe.

For the moment, you definitely want to throw out the following products:

Hy-Vee Inc.

Recall includes all sell-by dates for the following products, sold in various
packaging and quantities and having a Hy-Vee price label attached. Sold in
all Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota
and Minnesota.

Assorted Truffle Fudge
Lunchbox Peanut Butter Cookies
Lunchbox Reese’s Pieces Cookies
Monster Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Reese’s Pieces Cookies
People Chow Party Mix

Kellogg Company

Kellogg products impacted by the recall were produced on or after July 1,
2008, including:
Austin® Quality Foods Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter – all
sizes
Austin® Quality Foods Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackersall
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
Famous Amos® Peanut Butter Cookies (2- and 3-ounce)

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
Keebler® Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies (2.5-ounce)

King Nut Companies

All King Nut and Parnell’s Pride peanut butter of all types distributed
by King Nut with item numbers that begin with 038445 on the individual tub
and if still in a case, all lot codes that begin in “8”

McKee Foods Corporation

Little Debbie® Peanut Butter Toasty sandwich crackers — all sizes.
Little Debbie® Peanut Butter Cheese sandwich crackers — all sizes.

Perry’s Ice Cream Company

Perry’s is recalling ice cream products containing peanut butter sauce,
which have been recalled by PCA.

Products affected by the recall are as follows:

ITEM DESCRIPTION
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

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