For: Immediate Release
Date: January 10, 2009
Subject: Salmonella found in King Nut Peanut Butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America
(Solon, Ohio) King Nut Companies, a distributor of peanut butter produced by Peanut Corporation of America, announces today that Salmonella has been found in their 5 lb. tub of Peanut Butter. This product is NOT manufactured by King Nut and it is produced for them by Peanut Corporation of America in Lynchburg, Virginia. King Nut is merely a distributor.
King Nut is voluntarily recalling all of their Peanut Butter made for them by Peanut Corporation of America. This peanut butter is sold only to Food Service and institutional accounts.
It has not been proven that this case is linked to the national salmonella outbreak that is currently happening in the United States. The jar of peanut butter that was tested and turned up positive for salmonella was tested on an open container that was found. Further tests are being conducted by King Nut and the FDA on closed containers to insure the accuracy of their findings.
Customers of King Nut are asked to put on hold all of their peanut butter in question. A recall of this product will be announced Monday morning. At this point it is unclear what Peanut Corporation of America will do with regard to this case or the national case of the salmonella outbreak.