Tainted Peanut Butter Recalled

Tainted Peanut Butter Recalled

In February 2007, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, received word that Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter were both tainted with salmonella.

Since the reports, 628 cases of consumers becoming sickened by the brands of peanut butter have been reported in 47 states.

The Recall

ConAgra Foods Inc. issued a defective product recall of its peanut butter after the bacteria outbreak was linked to the Omaha-based company’s Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter.

Officials at ConAgra believe that an excessive amount of moisture in the plant is likely to blame for aiding the bacteria’s growth and eventually affecting the outcome of the final product.

What Now?

Although Wal-Mart has continued to sell its store brand peanut butter, Great Value, Peter Pan has yet to return to the shelves.

ConAgra plans to reintroduce Peter Pan at sometime in July, though initially, another company will be producing the peanut butter since the plant’s renovation won’t be finalized until August.

Consumers who bought Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with the product code “2111” on the jars lid, are encouraged to immediately throw away the product. The opened jars or their lids can also be returned to the store where it was purchased for a refund.

The states that have been unaffected so far by the salmonella outbreak are Hawaii, New Hampshire and Utah.

(Source: Yahoo News)

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