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Peanut Corporation of America Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut Butter – Again – After Salmonella Found in Blakely, Georgia Plant

As I said on King TV last night:

"This outbreak has been going on since Labor Day," said Seattle attorney Bill Marler. "We’re finally figuring it out on Inauguration Day. To me, I find that appalling.”

From a Company Press Release on FDA Website:

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is expanding the recall of peanut butter and peanut paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 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 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 for further processing. 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.

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.

A Full list of all recalled product can be found here – Link.