Search For Recalled Peanut Products Using Online Tool
Wondering if those peanut products in your pantry are safe to eat? Get answers now through a new tool on the Coastal Health District’s website. On the bottom, right section of this home page, you’ll find a “recall widget” from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
This widget allows you to browse the Food and Drug Administration database of recalled peanut products, and is updated as new information becomes available.
Many food items containing peanut butter were recalled after the CDC linked them to a Salmonella outbreak. Salmonella bacterial infections generally cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. If you have these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.
Most people recover without treatment, although the elderly, the very young and persons with weakened immune systems are at risk of developing a more serious illness. According to the CDC, there have been 683 cases of Salmonella infection linked to this outbreak, which is ongoing.
The contaminated products were produced by the Peanut Corporation of America, and include peanut butter and peanut paste. Peanut paste is often used commercially in products like cake, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream.
The FDA says consumers should NOT eat recalled products, and should throw them away.