On January 13, 2009, the Peanut Butter Corporation of America (PCA) announced a nationwide recall of peanut butter because of potential salmonella contamination.  PCA is a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies.

PCA is the manufacturer for King Nut Company, which distributes peanut butter products to universities, restaurants, hospitals and other institutional food services.  King Nut recalled all peanut butter under its King Nut and Parnell’s Pride brands with a lot code beginning with the number “8.”?  Additionally, King Nut announced that it canceled orders with its manufacturer PCA.

The recall was initiated after an open container of King Nut brand peanut butter in a long-term facility in Minnesota was found to contain a strain of salmonella.  Salmonella causes cramping, diarrhea and fever.  Salmonella typhimurium, the outbreak strain, is one of the most common forms of salmonella.  Most people infected with salmonella become symptomatic 12 to 72 hours after infection.  Salmonella poisoning usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.  Salmonella poisoning poses the greatest threat to the very young, very old and people with comprised immune systems.      The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed a genetic match between the strains of salmonella bacteria found in a container of King Nut peanut butter and the strains of bacteria associated with 30 illnesses in Minnesota and nearly 400 illnesses around the country.  Additionally, three deaths have now been linked to the salmonella outbreak.

The potentially affected peanut butter products were produced on or after July 1, 2008.  None of the peanut butter being recalled is sold directly to consumers through retail stores.  To date, there has been no association with PCA peanut butter products and the common brand names of peanut butter sold in grocery stores.    If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by King Nut peanut butter products, contact us today for a confidential and free case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by