Header graphic for print
Marler Blog Providing Commentary on Food Poisoning Outbreaks & Litigation

When Will China Ban US Peanut Butter?

I am just waiting for the gleeful press release from China – "China Says Nope to US Peanut Butter."

I can hear the howling of US interests who abhor imports of all kinds – people, food (poisoned or not) – Lou Dobbs, are you listening?  Hey, not to say that China’s food production safety record is anything to cheer about, but over the years US food production has done a wonderful job of poisoning US citizens.  Thanks to Consumerist for Photo.

  • r

    Similar outbreak of salmonella in US peanut butter in 2006-2007. China recalled US peanut butter in 2007.

  • r

    China bans tainted U.S. peanut paste foods
    http://www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-04 09:58:07
    BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — China has banned food imports from 11 United States-based companies whose products have been tainted with peanut butter or paste that contain salmonella bacteria, Wednesday’s China Daily reported.
    The blacklisted 11 food manufacturers include the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), considered the source of the contamination, and also the breakfast cereal maker Kellogg, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
    All companies selling PCA’s peanut butter or peanut paste products contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium while being processed at a Georgia plant, were recently recalled by United States.
    The Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and fever. The symptoms appear within 12 to 72 hours.
    An inspection led by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reportedly found PCA’s plant “not compliant with current good manufacturing practices required by the FDA”.
    The investigation also found problems in cleaning procedures, and the company failed to implement steps to mitigate salmonella contamination in the facility as well.
    Some 400 food products containing PCA butter have been recalled across the United States.