More Contaminated Peanut Butter Products Revealed
It is amazing that the contamination of peanut butter in one company's plant can have such a far reaching impact. Now it has been reported by Kim Severson in a 1-23-09 New York Times article that 130 products have been recalled thatcontain peanut butter or peanut butter paste made by the Peanut Corporation of America.
The plant is now closed. Among the products recalled are "boxes of Valentine candy, frozen cookie cough, dog biscuits, chicken satay, peanut butter cups and stuffed celery." The Hersey's and Kraft companies say they have not bought from the Peanut Corporation, so their products should be safe.
The Kellog company has recalled seven million cases of food. So once again, it seems that we all have to read labels or grow and make our own food. It seems to get harder and harder.
Hopefully, with the new administration promising more money for the F.D.A. and higher safety standards for food, we will have fewer problems with contaminated food. Until then we all need to be aware of what we are eating and particularly what we are feeding our children and pets.
Dr. Charlotte Thompson has been a practicing physician for fifty years. She is a board certified pediatrician and in 2005-2006 was named as one of the top pediatricians in the U.S. Her special area of expertise is in children's neuromuscular disorders. She is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego medical school and the author of "Raising a Handicapped Child, Raising a Child with a Neuromuscular Disorder, Single Solutions and Making Wise Choices. She is also a proud mother and grandmother.
Statement by agriculture acting deputy under secretary Thomas O'Connor On Peanut Butter Recall
WASHINGTON, DC - January 23, 2009
The regulation and safety of peanut butter and peanut products is under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is coordinating an ongoing investigation into the source of the recent Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. This investigation resulted in the voluntary recall of product which was produced at the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia plant. Although the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not purchase or distribute any products implicated in the recall, these products may have been obtained locally from commercial sources for use at USDA/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program sites. It is important that FNS program operators and participants regularly consult the current FDA list of recalled products. This and additional information on the investigation and recall is available on the following links: