Officials from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today issued a product advisory after MDA’s preliminary laboratory testing indicated the presence of Salmonella bacteria in a 5-pound container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter.  Where were other State Health Departments and the CDC?

So, why no recall?  FDA Class I recalls are for dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death.  Seems like with 400 sickened, 75 in the hospital and 1 death, we meet the definition.

Come on folks, let’s protect the public.

  • Joy Scott

    In searching the news about the tainted peanut butter, I discovered your blog, and I’m glad I did.
    I’m surprised that this King Nut peanut butter was not recalled. I’m also very upset that any peanut butter could be tainted, because it’s such a universal food and good for you if eaten in moderation. And, it is still relatively affordable.
    Thanks for speaking out about it.

  • Sheila

    Just so you know all the brands that are associated with King Nut brand, I found this on the web:
    Type: Private
    On the web:
    Employees: 200
    King Nut processes, packages, and distributes nuts, dried fruits, snack mixes, pretzels, popcorn, trail mixes, chocolate and non-chocolate confectionary, soy nuts, peanut butter, and salad toppings to supermarkets, airlines, drugstores, foodservice companies, convenience stores, gift companies, and mass merchandisers, among others. Its products are sold under the King’s, Peterson’s, and Summer Harvest brands. The company and its sister company, Peterson Nut (which operate under the name King Nut Companies), also produce private-label nuts and snacks and offer gift baskets and fundraising opportunities.