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China recalls U.S. peanut butter after importing suspect batches

According to Beijing Associated Press, China is recalling U.S. peanut butter following the manufacturer’s announcement that certain batches had been tainted with salmonella, state media said Sunday.

ConAgra Foods Inc. last week recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at its Sylvester, Ga. plant after health officials linked the product to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 329 people in the United States since August.

China imported three batches of the two peanut butter brands in September and December of 2006 and January of 2007, totaling 742 cases, the official Xinhua News Agency said.  At least 156 cases have already been sold in Beijing, it said.

U.S. shoppers have been told to toss out jars having a product code on the lid beginning with “2111,” which denotes the plant. The jars being sold in China had the same code on the lids, Xinhua said.  Xinhua did not say if there had been any reports of people getting sick in China from eating the peanut butter.