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Peanut Butter Recall expanded; Due to Salmonella Outbreak; Recommend notification to establishments and institutions that may carry these products via phone, fax or e-mail.

From the information provided by FDA, the products being recalled were distributed in the State of Indiana.  The recalled peanut butter and peanut paste were distributed to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies in 24 states, the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, Korea and Haiti.  Detail store information is not available, some food service companies have issued a recall notices to their customers.  In addition, if any recalled product is found, please notify this office at 317-233-7360.
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Peanut Corporation of America Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut Butter
Company Announces the Voluntary Recall of Peanut Paste Produced in Georgia Plant

Contact:Peanut Corporation of America
1-877-564-7080

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lynchburg, Va. (January 18, 2009) -- Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), is expanding the recall of peanut butter and voluntarily recalling peanut paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled peanut butter and peanut paste were distributed to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies in 24 states, the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, Korea and Haiti. The U.S. states are the following: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. In addition, affected product was used as an ingredient in other products that may have been distributed in other states.

None of the peanut butter being recalled is sold directly to consumers through retail stores by PCA.

The recalled peanut butter in the expanded recall is sold by PCA in bulk packaging in containers ranging in size from five to 1,700 pounds. The peanut paste is sold in sizes ranging from 35-pound containers to tanker containers. The lot numbers for all recalled products are at the end of this news release. All of the peanut butter and peanut paste in the expanded recall was made on or after July 1, 2008, and only at the Georgia facility.

The potential for contamination was noted after a small number of samples from unopened containers and environmental samples from the Blakely, Georgia facility tested positive for Salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation is "very active and dynamic," and PCA continues to work closely with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they continue their investigation into the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella.

The Blakely, Georgia facility has currently stopped producing all products as the FDA and CDC continue their investigation, but some PCA staff remain to assist in the on-going investigation.

PCA is notifying customers that may have received the recalled product by phone and/or in writing. Customers should segregate and hold the product and call PCA at 1-877-564-7080 for further instructions. "We deeply regret that this product recall has expanded, and our first priority is to protect the health of our customers," said Stewart Parnell, President of Peanut Corporation of America.

The following is a list of all the products affected by the original recall and the amended recall:

 PCA Stock #  Pack Size   Description Affected:
 551000  6 ct / 5 lb   Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551000 AZ  6 ct / 5 lb  Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Sugar
 551006 6 ct / 5 lb  Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551020  35 lb  Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551022  35 lb  Natural Course Peanut Paste
 551025  35 lb  Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter w/ 1% Salt
 551026  35 lb  Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter w/ 1% Salt
 551034  35 lb  Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551035  35 lb  Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter
 551040  35 lb  Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
 551049  50 lb  Sugar Free Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551050  50 lb  Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551050-PO  50 lb  Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Palm Oil
 551050-D  50 lb  Dark Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551050-XS  50 lb  Creamy Extra Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551051  50 lb  Creamy Stabilized Peanut Butter with Monodiglyceride
 551053  50 lb  Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551053-OS  50 lb  Extra Crunchy Stabilized Peanut Butter
 551059  475 lb  Creamy Natural Peanut Butter with Stabilizer
 551060  35 lb  Organic Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
 551061  35 lb  Organic Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter
 551062  35 lb  Organic Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter
 551063  35 lb  Organic Old Fashioned Creamy Peanut Butter
 551064  35 lb  Organic Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
 551072  45 lb    Peanut Butter Variegate
 551080  475 lb  Creamy Natural Redskin Peanut Butter with Salt
 551082  475 lb  Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
 551082-DR  475 lb  Dark Roasted Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
 561000  35 lb  Pet Food Paste
 561000  475 lb  Feed Grade Peanut Butter
 100TPASTE  1700 lb  Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
 RM-PASTE  1700 lb  
 

Lot Numbers Affected

8183 8184 8185 8186 8187 8188 8189 8190 8191 8192 8193 8194 8195 8196 8197 8198
8199 8200 8201 8202 8203 8204 8205 8206 8207 8208 8209 8210 8211 8212 8213 8214
8215 8216 8217 8218 8219 8220 8221 8222 8223 8224 8225 8226 8227 8228 8229 8230
8231 8232 8233 8234 8235 8236 8237 8238 8239 8240 8241 8242 8243 8244 8245 8246
8247 8248 8249 8250 8251 8252 8253 8254 8255 8256 8257 8258 8259 8260 8261 8262
8263 8264 8265 8266 8267 8268 8269 8270 8271 8272 8273 8274 8275 8276 8277 8278
8279 8280 8281 8282 8283 8284 8285 8286 8287 8288 8289 8290 8291 8292 8293 8294
8295 8296 8297 8298 8299 8300 8301 8302 8303 8304 8305 8306 8307 8308 8309 8310
8311 8312 8313 8314 8315 8316 8317 8318 8319 8320 8321 8322 8323 8324 8325 8326
8327 8328 8329 8330 8331 8332 8333 8334 8335 8336 8337 8338 8339 8340 8341 8342
8343 8344 8345 8346 8347 8348 8349 8350 8351 8352 8353 8354 8355 8356 8357 8358
8359 8360 8361 8362 8363 8364 8365 8366 9001 9002 9003 9004 9005 9006 9007 9008
9009 9010 9011 9012 9013 9014 9015 9016

 PCA Stock #  Pack Size   Description Affected:
 561058   Tanker  Coarse Natural Paste

   
Lot Numbers Affected:
8169 8170 8172 8173 8174 8184 8185 8186 8187 8203 8204 8205 8206 8214 8215 8216
8217 8219 8220 8221 8222 8223 8225 8226 8227 8228 8259 8260 8261 8262 8263 8264
8280 8281 8282 8283 8302 8303 8304 8305 8308 8309 8310 8311 8343 8344 8345 8346
8347 8350 8351 8352

About Peanut Corp. of America

Peanut Corporation of America is a family-owned and operated business since 1976 based in Lynchburg, VA and operating facilities in Blakely, GA, Suffolk, VA and Plainview, TX.  The company prides itself on the quality and freshness of its products and strives constantly to maintain an environment in compliance with federal, state and local regulations and guidelines to provide a clean, safe product.  For more information, visit Peanut Corporation of America’s Website at http://www.peanutcorp.com/

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
CONTACT: Scott Monette
314-877-7113
 
RALCORP FROZEN BAKERY PRODUCTS RECALLS FOOD LION BAKE SHOP PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES NATIONWIDE BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK
 
Downers Grove, IL, January 18, 2009. . .Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling its Food Lion Bake Shop brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES because the cookies have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  The recalled cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America which is the subject of an investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled cookies. No other type of Food Lion brand cookies are being recalled.

The recalled peanut butter cookies are distributed nationally under the Food Lion cookie brand Bake Shop. The Bake Shop peanut butter cookies are sold in 12 count clear plastic clamshell containers in the in-store bakery sections of Food Lion grocery stores. The products will have a lot code of 9200 or less.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov/.

The FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter.  PCA supplied Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products with the peanut butter it used in the recalled cookies, prompting the voluntary recall. 

Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall may call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-421-4699.  Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their doctor.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
CONTACT: Scott Monette
  314-877-7113
 
RALCORP FROZEN BAKERY PRODUCTS RECALLS LOFTHOUSE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, CHUCK’S CHUNKY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES AND PASTRIES PLUS GOURMET COOKIES NATIONWIDE BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK
 
Downers Grove, IL, January 18, 2009. . .Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling its Lofthouse® brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE COOKIES and PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE NO-BAKE COOKIES, Parco Foods’ Chuck’s Chunky® food service brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES and Pastries Plus GOURMET COOKIES because the cookies have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  The recalled cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America which is the subject of an investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled cookies. No other type of Lofthouse, Chuck’s Chunky or Pastries Plus brand cookies are being recalled.

The Lofthouse peanut butter cookies are sold in 12 count clear plastic clamshell containers while the peanut butter fudge no-bake cookies and the peanut butter no-bake cookies are sold in 9 or 12 count clear plastic clamshell containers.  The recalled Lofthouse cookies are sold nationally in the in-store bakery sections of grocery stores and other food retailers. The Parco Foods’ Chuck’s Chunky cookies are distributed nationally in 5lb boxes in the food service channels. The Pastries Plus gourmet cookies were sold in 21 count plastic containers in select club stores nationally.  All products will have a lot code of 9200 or less.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov/.

The FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter.  PCA supplied Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products with the peanut butter it used in the recalled cookies, prompting the voluntary recall. 

Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall may call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-421-4699.  Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their doctor.

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Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products Recalls Wal-Mart Bakery Brand Peanut Butter Cookies Because of Possible Health Risk

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling all Wal-Mart Bakery brands of PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE COOKIES and PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE NO-BAKE COOKIES because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled cookies and no other type of Wal-Mart Bakery brand cookies are being recalled.

The recalled peanut butter cookies are distributed nationally under the Wal-Mart Bakery cookies brand. The recalled Wal-Mart Bakery no-bake peanut butter cookies and no-bake fudge peanut butter cookies were distributed nationally with the exception of the following states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The cookies are sold in the in-store bakery sections of only Wal-Mart stores and have a code date of 9200 or less. Products impacted by the recall include:


Product Description and SKU (Number on bottom used to scan at checkout)
WalMart Bakery Peanut Butter Cookie, 12 Count Clear Plastic Container 70897161809
WalMart Bakery Harvest Peanut Butter Fudge No-Bake, 9 Count Clear Plastic Container 70897190990
WalMart Bakery Peanut Butter Fudge No-Bake, 9 Count Clear Plastic Container 70897190954
WalMart Bakery Peanut Butter Fudge No-Bake, 12 Count Clear Plastic Container 70897161843

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov/.

The FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA supplied the Company with peanut butter it used in the recalled cookies. The Company has been informed that the FDA continues its investigation as to what caused the problem with peanut butter supplied by PCA.

Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or concerns about the recall may call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-421-4699. Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their doctor.
 

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MARS snackfood
800 HIGH STREET
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ 07840
T+1 908 852 1000
F+1 908 850 2734

Mars Snackfood US Products Not Impacted
By FDA Salmonella Investigation in Peanut Butter Products

Hackettstown, NJ – January 18, 2009 – Mars Snackfood US today issued the following statement in reaction to the ongoing FDA investigation into peanut butter:

“Mars Snackfood US remains confident in the safety and quality of our products that contain peanut butter, all of which are safe to enjoy.  Mars does not receive or process any peanuts or peanut butter from Peanut Corporation of America or King Nut, the companies that, according to FDA's most recent update on its investigation, appear to be the source of contaminated product.  In addition, we have not been asked by the FDA to recall any products in relation to the current investigation into salmonella.

At Mars, the majority of our products are manufactured using our own peanut butter made from our own roasted peanuts.

Food safety is of paramount importance to Mars, and we are committed to the highest standards of quality and safety.  At Mars, we maintain a strict quality control program to ensure that our products leave our factories exceeding our high standards. Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality of all Mars Snackfood US products.”

The following Mars Snackfood US products contain peanut butter, none of which is sourced from the companies being investigated by the FDA:

• M&M'S® Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies
• SNICKERS® Brand 
• SNICKERS® Brand Ice Cream
• TWIX® Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
• KUDOS® Peanut Butter Granola Bars
• Ethel M Chocolates® and ethel’s® chocolate lounge

About Mars Snackfood US:

Mars Snackfood US is the United States snack operations of Mars North America. With more than $7 billion in annual sales in the U.S., Mars North America includes food, snack and petcare segments, which are a symbol of excellence for quality brands. Headquartered in Mount Olive, New Jersey, Mars North America employs more than 15,000 associates in the United States, with 72 facilities nationwide. Mars Snackfood US includes some of the world's favorite brands such as, M&M'S® Brand, SNICKERS® Brand, DOVE® Chocolate Brand, MILKY WAY® Brand, 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand, TWIX® Brand. Additional popular brands in the petcare and food segments for Mars North America include UNCLE BEN'S® Brand, PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs, and WHISKAS® Brand Food for Cats. Please visit mars.com.

Contact:  Mark Broadhurst, (973) 691-3536 or mark.broadhurst@effem.com