Posted by: Bike Rider | January 21, 2009

FDA confirms the source for the Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak

<<copied  from the FDA’s web page>>

January 19, 2009: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting a very active and dynamic investigation into the source of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak.  At this time, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste—a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts—that are both distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream. In addition, PCA peanut butter is distributed to and institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias.

The FDA has notified PCA that product samples originating from its Blakely, Georgia (GA.), processing plant have been tested and found positive for Salmonella by laboratories in the states of Minnesota and Connecticut.  Connecticut and Minnesota have reported to FDA that samples of King Nut peanut butter tested in those states are a genetic match to the strain of Salmonella associated with the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium.  The results from the Connecticut Department of Health Laboratory are from an unopened container of King Nut peanut butter.  FDA wishes to acknowledge the Connecticut laboratory, Infectious Disease Section and Department of Consumer Protection as well as health officials in Minnesota for their efforts.
King Nut is a distributor of PCA product. This information, along with the results available from laboratory testing and the CDC epidemiological analysis, have now led FDA to confirm that the source of this outbreak is peanut butter and peanut paste produced by PCA at its Blakely, Ga. processing plant.

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Among several products affected under this recall, Clif has initiated a voluntary product recall of several of their items which contain peanut butter or peanut butter paste.  Read more here.

The list of companies who have decided to recall their products is quite extensive.  Please check on the FDA’s web page for a complete list of companies affected by this action.

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