Please note: New product recalls are announced daily. Therefore, use caution even if your peanut butter products are not included in the lists below.
March 23 2009 UPDATE –Nearly two months after recalls of peanut products were first announced new illnesses have been reported as recently as the end of February. According to officials, about half of the new confirmed salmonella infections are in people who ate Austin or Keebler peanut butter crackers manufactured by Kellogg.
The crackers are only a small portion of the more than 3,400 products that have been recalled so far, but they have accounted for the largest share of the illnesses. Food safety experts say this is likely because the most dangerous amounts of salmonella bacteria showed up in the Austin and Keebler crackers and in King Nut brand peanut butter that were distributed to some health care facilities.
Though no new illnesses have been reported since February 24, experts worry that contaminated foods will remain in people's cupboards for a long time to come. In addition, there is concern that some stores may not have removed all recalled products from their shelves. The Food and Drug Administration requests, but does not require, proof that recalled products have been destroyed.
March 11 2009 UPDATE –The following major companies that have confirmed that their food brands are not affected by the recall:
March 10 2009 UPDATE –The recent salmonella outbreak has prompted over 3,000 product recalls, from cookies to nutrition bars. As the list of affected products continues to grow, food safety experts have offered the following tips on determining if your food is safe to eat:
The following new product recalls have been announced:
March 2 2009 UPDATE –The following new product recalls have been announced:
Feb 19 2009 UPDATE –Tests have confirmed that ground peanuts at a Texas plant carried the same salmonella strain that has sickened hundreds of people across the country. This is the second plant operated by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) to be implicated in the outbreak.
Health officials say that a few illnesses have been linked to the Texas plant, but that the majority of illnesses were caused by products from PCA's Blakely, Georgia facility.
Feb 19 2009 UPDATE –Americans turn to peanut products in times of economic difficulty, and the peanut industry expected sales to soar this year. Widespread product recalls prompted by salmonella contamination have prevented this from happening, however, and the industry expects the situation to get even worse. So far, over 2,000 products have been recalled.
The following new product recalls have been announced:
Feb 17 2009 UPDATE –Food banks are already struggling to meet public demand in the floundering economy. Now their task has been made even more difficult as a result of the widespread food recalls prompted by salmonella-contaminated peanut products.
Foods like granola bars, nuts mixes, and peanut butter are staples of food banks because of their long shelf life, but pantries across the country have had to throw them out for fear of salmonella contamination. Unfortunately, this purging coincides with an increase in the nation's need for food pantry services. Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, says food banks across the country reported a 30 percent increase in demand in December 2008 compared with 2007.
In Houston, food bank workers have thrown out 3,000 pounds of food. In Chicago, officials have discarded almost 500 pounds, and a Lafayette, Indiana pantry has disposed of or quarantined 1,327 pounds. Federal health officials estimate 1,000 pounds of food can feed approximately 780 people.
Feb 16 2009 UPDATE –Almost all Americans are aware of the recent recalls involving peanut products, but a study has found that many don't realize that cakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream, and snack bars are also affected by the salmonella outbreak.
Of the 93 percent of surveyed people who knew about the peanut product recalls, fewer than half knew about the recalls involving cakes, brownies, cookies, and snack bars. Only one-quarter knew that some ice cream brands were recalled and less than one-quarter knew that jars of peanuts had been recalled.
The study, a nationally representative survey of over 1,200 adults, was conducted by the Harvard Opinion Research Program. It also found that six in 10 Americans have only "some" or "very little" confidence that the food safety system can be effective.
Feb 16 2009 UPDATE –The following product recalls have been announced:
Feb 12 2009 UPDATE –Health officials have told Congress that the peanut butter salmonella outbreak is already changing the way they approach food safety.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center said that agency inspectors will begin taking product samples for bacterial testing every time they enter a facility. Right now this is only done if they already suspect that there's a problem.
The agency also said that peanut butter may be singled out for special attention. The government might designate it a high-risk food, meaning written safety instructions would have to be followed to prevent contamination.
The following new products have been recalled:
Feb 12 2009 UPDATE –According to doctors, for every one reported salmonella illness, there are approximately 38 that go unreported. That means that the current outbreak could have over 20,000 victims.
Salmonella poisoning, or salmonellosis, occurs when salmonella bacteria are ingested and begin to grow in the intestines. Most people's bodies can fight the infection off, but someone with a weakened immune system, or whose intestines contain a large amount of bacteria, might not be able to do so. The infection can then spread to the colon, leading to severe stomach pains, diarrhea, and fever, symptoms that generally last four to seven days.
The very young and very old are especially vulnerable to serious disease, and it can be fatal to people in these groups. In fact, there have been reports of children being hospitalized for days in the recent outbreak. There are thousands of different strains of salmonella, and doctors say they appear to affect the body in slightly different ways, depending upon age and gender.
Feb 11 2009 UPDATE –A resident of Allegheny County has been sickened by a strain of salmonella linked to Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) products. According to state health officials, the 45-year-old man became sick in early January after eating Austin Quality Foods crackers.
Over 15 people in Pennsylvania have been affected by the salmonella outbreak, one of them in Butler County. PCA is now under FBI investigation, and the list of their recalled products exceeds 1,840 foods.
Feb 10 2009 UPDATE –Federal agents have raided two peanut processing plants operated by Peanut Corp. of America. One of the plants, located in Blakely, Georgia, has been identified as the source of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds across the country and has been closed. The other plant, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the company's headquarters.
In addition, Peanut Corp.'s Plainview, Texas plant has been shut down. According to reports, the facility had operated for years uninspected and unlicensed. In the midst of these announcements, product recalls have continued. The following products have been recalled:
Feb 10 2009 UPDATE –Approximately 600,000 fliers will be mailed to Kentucky residents who were victims of an ice storm, warning them not to eat peanut products from their emergency meal kits because it might be contaminated with salmonella.
The kits were recalled about two weeks before they were sent to Kentucky, where hundreds of thousands of people were left without power for days. Some kits contained peanut butter recalled in the salmonella outbreak.
The storm also struck Arkansas, but it appears that people there didn't receive the kits.
Feb 06 2009 UPDATE –Peanut products potentially contaminated with salmonella were sent to schools in three states for a free school lunch program in 2007. Officials at the Department of Agriculture said that peanut butter and roasted peanuts from the Peanut Corp. of America were sent to schools in California, Minnesota and Idaho.
More than 1,000 products have been recalled so far, and officials say that while the outbreak appears to be slowing down, new illnesses are still being reported.
Feb 06 2009 UPDATE –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said some emergency meal kits distributed to storm victims in Kentucky and Arkansas may contain recalled peanut butter. The kits might contain packets of peanut butter that are part of a national recall prompted by potential salmonella contamination. The agency advised people who have received meal kits to inspect them and immediately discard any peanut butter packets.
The list of affected products continues to grow. The following new recalls have been announced:
Feb 04 2009 UPDATE –The following new product recalls have been announced:
The following recall has been expanded:
The FDA's website contains a complete list of product and lot information.
Feb 03 2009 UPDATE –President Barack Obama has promised an in-depth review of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amid the salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 500 people. He said that the FDA has not been able to address food safety concerns as quickly as he would expect.
Recalls linked to the peanut products responsible for the salmonella poisoning keep growing. One of the new recalls comes from Galliker Dairy of Johnstown, PA. Their Rocky Road Ice Cream and Sundae Nut Cones are included in the recall and were sold to foodservice and retail outlets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The following additional recalls have been announced:
The following recalls have been expanded:
Jan 29 2009 UPDATE –The recall of peanut butter and peanut paste products linked to the recent salmonella outbreak has been expanded to include two years of production. This makes the recall one of the largest in history.
The original recall affected products made since July 2008. The expanded recall includes all products made since January 1, 2007. More than 400 products have already been recalled, including Kellogg's crackers and Jenny Craig nutritional bars. Because of the expansion, the list will continue to grow larger.
A Food and Drug Administration team inspected the Blakely, Georgia plant run by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) that has been identified as the source of the salmonella contamination. The team found that on 12 occasions in 2007 and 2008, tests conducted by the company found salmonella contamination in its products, but PCA shipped the products to customers anyway and did not clean the facility.
Jan 28 2009 UPDATE –The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accused Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) of knowingly shipping products contaminated with salmonella. Peanut butter and peanut paste sold by the manufacturer have sickened over 500 people across the country.
The FDA said that in 2007 and 2008 there were 12 instances in which plant officials identified salmonella in finished products but shipped them anyway. In some cases, PCA had the product tested again by a different laboratory and got a clean test result, FDA officials said. Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety, said that the product should have been destroyed after the first positive test result.
The outbreak has been particularly dangerous for children, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Half of those affected are younger than 16, and 21 percent are under 5, according to the CDC.
Jan 28 2009 UPDATE –The following new recalls have been announced for products containing peanut butter and peanut paste:
In addition, ALDI released a statement about its products that have been affected by the recalls. It announced that it has two two suppliers that manufacture Cambridge cheese crackers with peanut butter, one of which is Kellogg's. ALDI and Kellogg's recalled the Kellogg-produced peanut butter crackers on January 15. The other manufacturer of their peanut butter crackers does not use ingredients from the peanut plant where the salmonella outbreak was reported. As a precautionary measure, however, ALDI has also recalled the additional Cambridge cheese crackers with peanut butter as well as their Grandessa peanut butter cookies.
The Kellogg's Cambridge crackers have a net weight of 7.44 oz printed on the bottom of the package. The crackers produced by the second manufacturer have a net weight of 7 1/3 oz printed on the package. At this time, no other ALDI products are affected by the salmonella outbreak.
Jan 27 2009 UPDATE –Over the past several years, inspectors found sanitation violations at the Georgia plant that produced the peanut butter responsible for the recent salmonella outbreak, according to health inspection reports.
Georgia's State Agriculture Department cited the plant multiple times in 2006 and 2007 for dirty surfaces, grease residue, and dirt buildup throughout the plant. Inspection reports from 2008 state that the plant was repeatedly in violation of cleanliness standards, including mildew on the ceiling of a storage room. Inspectors also found areas of rust that could flake into food, gaps in warehouse doors large enough for rodents to get through, unmarked containers, and numerous violations of other practices intended to prevent food contamination.
Moisture was blamed for an unrelated peanut butter salmonella outbreak two years ago. That outbreak was linked to a different Georgia peanut processing plant. The plant involved in this year's outbreak, owned by the Peanut Corporation of America, has been shut down.
Jan 27 2009 UPDATE –Additional products affected by the recent salmonella outbreak have been recalled amid health concerns. The following recalls were announced:
Jan 23 2009 UPDATE –Heath officials have announced that the death of a Minnesota woman has been linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak and now the infection may have contributed to seven deaths.
The woman was in her 80s and resided at a long-term care facility. The precise cause of death has not been determined, but investigators say that salmonella may have contributed. Most of the other deaths involved the elderly as well.
The list of products affected by the salmonella outbreak keeps growing. The following additional recalls have been announced:
Jan 23 2009 UPDATE –The Girls Scouts have announced that their cookies are safe to eat. Though experts are advising people to stay away from peanut butter products, the Girls Scouts are insisting that their products pose no health threats.
Their baker, ABC Bakers, voluntarily tests all of its peanut butter and no salmonella has been found. Officials, however, are urging people throw away any products in their home that contain peanut butter, except for plain, jarred peanut butter.
Jan 23 2009 UPDATE –Health officials have announced that over 30 million pounds of peanut butter and peanut paste have been recalled in the salmonella outbreak. The effects of the outbreak have even reached overseas, with the Defense Department urging troops to discard any peanut butter products, like crackers or cookies, sent to them in care packages.
The following new recalls have been announced:
The following recalls have been expanded:
The FDA's website has complete product information. According to the National Peanut Board, Americans eat 700 million pounds of peanut butter every year.
Jan 22 2009 UPDATE –Federal health officials have confirmed that Virginia-based Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the sole source of salmonella-tainted peanut butter and peanut paste that has sickened people in more than 40 states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 14 institutions where people became sick bought peanut butter produced by PCA. Additionally, an agency analysis found that many of the people who became sick nationwide had eaten peanut butter sandwich crackers sold under Kellogg Co.'s Austin and Keebler brands. Kellogg, which used PCA's ingredients, has recalled the products.
The following additional product recalls have been announced:
Federal officials say that over 125 products have been recalled since the start of the salmonella outbreak. Almost 500 people have fallen ill and food poisoning may have contributed to at least six deaths.
Jan 21 2009 UPDATE –Additional recalls linked to the peanut butter salmonella outbreak have been announced. Among them are products made by Ready Pac Foods, Inc., distributed to various retailers in Pennsylvania, California, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland. The following items are subject to the recall:
Other recent recalls include:
The FDA's website contains complete product recall information, including specific lots.
Jan 20 2009 UPDATE –The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that salmonella was found in a package of peanut butter sandwich crackers made by Kellogg. Kellogg's Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with peanut butter is the first product sold to consumers known to have tested positive for the Typhimurium salmonella strain responsible for the outbreak that has sickened almost 500 people.
New recalls have been announced for other products sold to consumers through retail stores that may be contaminated with salmonella, including:
Health officials say that more recalls are likely.
Jan 19 2009 UPDATE –The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to avoid eating products like cookies, cakes, and ice cream that contain peanut butter until officials can further investigate the deadly Typhimurium salmonella outbreak that has affected hundreds across the country.
The agency said that most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets is safe. Regulators are focusing on peanut paste and peanut butter that were produced at a plant in Blakely, Georgia, owned by the Peanut Corporation of America. The peanut butter was distributed to institutions and food companies in 24 states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio. The peanut paste is used in cookies, cakes and other products sold in supermarkets.
The Kellogg company has recalled 16 products, including snack-size packs of Famous Amos peanut butter cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle peanut butter cookies. The following peanut butter products have also been recalled:
The FDA's website contains complete lists of recalled lots and products.
Jan 19 2009 UPDATE –Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has expanded its recall of peanut butter products due to potential salmonella contamination. All peanut butter produced on or after August 8, 2008 and peanut paste produced on or after September 26, 2008 at the company's Blakely, Georgia facility is affected by the recall.
The peanut butter is sold by PCA in containers ranging from five to 1,700 pounds. The peanut paste is sold in sizes ranging from 35 pounds to tanker containers. PCA is immediately halting all production at its Georgia facility.
The peanut butter was sold to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies for bulk distribution. None of the peanut butter or paste was sold directly to consumers through retail stores. The company previously announced the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter produced on or after July 1, 2008.
Jan 15 2009 UPDATE –Kellogg is recommending that consumers avoid eating its peanut butter crackers because they might be contaminated with salmonella. The following Austin and Keebler brand products are affected:
Kellogg said that in addition to the warning, it is removing products from store shelves and putting a hold on its inventory. The company is taking these precautionary measures until health officials complete their investigation into the recent salmonella outbreak.
Jan 13 2009 UPDATE –Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has announced a voluntary recall of its peanut butter because it may be contaminated with salmonella. Affected products were produced on or after July 1, 2008. Twenty-one lots of PCA peanut butter are included in the recall, all in containers ranging from five to 50 pounds.
The peanut butter is sold by PCA to distributors for institutional and food service industry use. It is also sold under the brand name Parnell’s Pride and by the King Nut Company under the name King Nut.
PCA initiated this recall because an open container of King Nut brand peanut butter in a long-term care facility in Minnesota was found to contain a strain of salmonella, Typhimurium, that matched the strain responsible for the national outbreak.
Jan 13 2009 UPDATE –Over 10 Pennsylvania residents have been infected by the salmonella outbreak that has struck more than 40 states. Health officials say that residents of the following PA counties have fallen ill:
Most of the infections in the state were confirmed in the fall, with the latest confirmed on December 15. The Allegheny County Health Department reported 118 salmonella cases last year, up from 90 cases in 2007.
Jan 12 2009 UPDATE –The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that peanut butter is the "likely cause" of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 400 people and may have contributed to several deaths. Genetic testing showed that salmonella found in a 5-pound tub of King Nut Peanut Butter is the same strain, called Typhimurium, that is involved in the national outbreak.
King Nut Companies has issued a complete recall of its peanut butter. The product was sold to institutions like nursing homes, schools, and hospitals but not to individual consumers. No other King Nut products are affected by the recall.
Jan 09 2009 ORIGINAL ALERT –A salmonella outbreak has sickened over 350 people in more than 42 states, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced. The CDC is working with state health officials to determine the source of the outbreak, which has been caused by a strain of salmonella called Typhimurium.
Since the illnesses began in September, more than 65 people have been hospitalized. The CDC and state health workers are tracking down people who have been sickened in an attempt to find a common thread in the foods they have consumed. The CDC said that poultry, cheese, and eggs are the most common sources of the Typhimurium strain.
So far, only Ohio health officials have agreed to announce their state as one of those affected, with approximately 50 cases. Every year, about 40,000 people are reported ill with salmonella in the United States, with many more cases going unreported, according to the CDC.