The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a recent outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium found in peanut paste. The FDA notified the Peanut Corporation of America that samples originating from a processing plant in Blakely, Ga. have been tested and found positive for Salmonella.
Little Debbie Snacks has recalled two snacks, Peanut Butter Toasty and Peanut Butter Cheese Sandwich Crackers. The Kellogg’s Company has recalled Austin and Keebler Branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and Select Snack-Size Packs of Famous Amos and Keebler Soft Batch Peanut Butter Cookies.
There is currently no indication that any national name brand jars of peanut butter sold in retail stores are linked to the PCA recall, the FDA reports. Stephen Sundlof, head of the FDA’s food safety center says that most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe. However, it is recommended by the FDA that consumers avoid eating products that have been recalled and discard them.
Nearly 500 people have been reported sick in 43 states, and at least 90 had to be hospitalized. Six deaths have been associated with the Salmonella outbreak.
For more information and a list of company recalls, visit the FDA’s web site.
—by Derek Thompson