January 21, 2009

On January 13, 2009, the Peanut Butter Corporation of America (PCA) recalled various lots of peanut butter because of potential salmonella contamination.  Since that time, the list of peanut butter products potentially contaminated with salmonella has morphed into an outbreak throughout the peanut butter industry.  The outbreak is blamed for at least six deaths nationwide.  More than 470 people have been stricken with salmonella in 43 states, and at least 90 of those victims had to be hospitalized.  Only seven states remain free of salmonella reports: Montana, Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina and Delaware. 

As of January 21, 2009, the following companies have issued recalls of peanut butter products:

  • Country Maid, Natures Path
  • PetSmart
  • Ready Pac Foods, Inc.
  • Meijer, Abbott Nutrition
  • Kroger
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Evening Rise Bread Co.
  • McKee Foods Corporation
  • South Bend Chocolate Company
  • Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products
  • Hy-Vee Inc
  • Perry’s Ice Cream Company
  • Kellogg Company

The most popular brand names involved in the recall include Little Debbie, Keebler, Famous Amos, General Mills, and Club Foods.   

The investigation is focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at a Blakely, Georgia processing facility owned by PCA.  PCA is a peanut processing facility and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies.  Its peanut butter is not sold directly to consumers.  However, the peanut paste is an ingredient in cookies, cakes, and other products sold in supermarkets.  The potentially affected peanut butter products were produced on or after July 1, 2008. 

On January 17, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination.  The FDA did say that most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe. 

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expect the investigation to continue to unfold for weeks or months to come. 

If you or a loved one suffered salmonella poisoning caused by a recalled peanut butter product, contact us today for a confidential and free case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by