Name: Peanut Corporation of America, King Nut Peanut Butter, Parnell’s Pride Peanut Butter, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Great Value Peanut Butter
Manufacturer: Peanut Corporation of America, ConAgra Foods
Approved uses: n/a
Common malfunction: Peanut Corporation of American outbreak linked to a salmonella outbreak by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), affecting 43 states with 7 deaths reported. Voluntary recall by PCA affects peanut butter lots distributed to large scale institutions; no consumer outbreak reported as of 1/14/09. Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella Tennessee, affecting 39 states.
• Foodborne illness (food poisoning) accompanied by nausea, vomiting and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Peanut Butter Recall
Peanut butter manufactured by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and sold from its Blakely, Georgia plant has been tested and confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration as having a contamination of salmonella bacteria. More than 43 states have reported salmonella infections with the same genetic fingerprint as the contaminated lots of peanut butter. Reports estimate 492 illnesses and 7 deaths linked to the contaminated peanut butter. The recall affects 21 lots of PCA peanut butter in containers ranging from five to fifty pounds and several different brand names such as King Nut peanut butter and Parnell’s Pride. All PCA customers who received the peanut butter are being contacted via telephone and in writing. The company has stated that all the recalled product has been sold in bulk packaging to a distribution company, servicing large institutions, including food service industries, school cafeterias, and retirement communities. No contamination has yet been discovered in any consumer brands of peanut butter, but some consumer products containing peanut butter have been recalled.
In 2007, ConAgra recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed. The company also destroyed all affected products in their possession, due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee. ConAgra advised consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 in their possession. In response with this announcement, the FDA sent investigators to ConAgra’s processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia where the products are made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee. The contamination affected hundreds of consumers across 39 states.
Peanut Butter Recall Estimated to Cost Close to $1 Billion
News reports have recently determined that the cost of the most recent peanut butter recall may have cost consumers, manufacturers and health officials hundreds of millions of dollars and caused a significant decline in peanut products, thus increasing the overall costs lost by officials, according to Associated Press figures derived from Congressional hearings from Peanut Butter Corp of America. Michigan alone has spent nearly $400,000 monitoring peanut butter products entering the state, according to local newspaper reports. In addition to costly recalls, the Public News Service just announced several additional peanut butter product recalls.
Peanut Butter Recall
The recall began January 13 and has sickened more than 700 individuals across 46 states as well as resulted in the death of approximately nine Americans. On January 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation at the Blakely, Georgia plant of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). On January 27, by the time more than 400 individuals were sickened, the FDA concluded that improper methods had been used when monitoring and testing the peanut butter for salmonella.
Following the initial peanut butter recall on January 13, the PCA made another voluntary recall on January 28 for peanut butter products made in the previous two years, all of which could have been tainted with salmonella, according to FDA public health advisories.
On February 5, the FDA posted an amendment to its initial reports involving PCA records and stated that the information given to them by the PCA was not consistent with the information the FDA uncovered during their investigation. Congressional hearings were then set to further investigate the salmonella infections among many Americans.
Dealing With Peanut Butter Risks
While hundreds of Americans were reportedly affected by the peanut butter recall of 2009, health officials anticipate that number to be much higher as many individuals likely were sickened by tainted peanut butter without knowledge of their actually condition.
Those who feel they may have been sickened by the salmonella outbreak should contact a medical professional to be tested for their symptoms in order to confirm or dissolve any theories of a salmonella diagnosis. Additionally, individuals who have suffered from a salmonella diagnosis are encouraged to speak with a food safety law firm in order to better understand the details for a potential peanut butter recall lawsuit, which could result in the award of monetary compensation for salmonella poisoning victims.