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The Peanut Butter Recall: Much Bigger Than Before

by: Jill Richardson

Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 21:53:35 PM PST


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The latest in the peanut butter recall? The company at the heart of the recall - Peanut Corporation of America - has laid off most of the workers at the plant responsible for the salmonella. A seventh death may be attributed to the outbreak, and the latest number I saw for people ill was 486 in 43 states and Canada. I have posted the newest additions to the FDA's recall list below, but I've already found news articles with more recalled foods that aren't yet on the FDA's list. For example:

Meanwhile, Kellogg Co. issued a voluntary recall of two varieties of ShopRite brand peanut butter sandwich crackers because they contain peanut paste produced by PCA and had the potential to be contaminated. The two recalled sandwich crackers are: ShopRite Peanut Butter on Toasty Crackers, all sizes; and ShopRite Peanut Butter and Cheese Cracker Snacks, all sizes.

The two products are manufactured by Kellogg for ShopRite, which has stores in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Whole Foods Market announced a similar recall of its Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets distributed to stores in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada

Jewel-Osco, a division of Supervalu Inc. and leading Chicago supermarket and drugstore chain, recalled its Happy Tails multi-flavored dog biscuits. Like humans, salmonella in pets can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It can also be transferred to other animals or humans.

The FDA list of recalled items is below.

Jill Richardson :: The Peanut Butter Recall: Much Bigger Than Before
Note: This is NOT A COMPLETE LIST of all recalled foods. This is only the newest foods recalled. To see the rest of the list, please see my previous peanut butter recall update. As always, for UPCs, stock numbers, and lot numbers of recalled foods, check the FDA's site.

(If you notice - there are a number of brands with identically named products being recalled. A company called Nash Finch makes desserts that are sold under several brand names - even though they are the same exact foods! Any list that starts with "Peanut Butter Grand Brownies" is by Nash Finch, regardless of the brand.)

  • ABC Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
  • Arbonne
    • Figure 8 Peanut Butter Chews Expiration Date 10/2009
    • Figure 8 Peanut Butter Chews Expiration Date 11/2009
  • Arizona Gold
    • I love Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
    • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
  • Avanza Supermarket
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Baker Jo's Peanut Butter
    • Monster Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
    • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
  • Chef Jay's
    • Peanut Butter Tri-O-Plex Brownie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 85 gram
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Tri-O-Plex Cookie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 85 gram
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Tri-O-Plex Lite Bites Cookie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 57 gram
    • Peanut Butter Tri-O-Plex Cookie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 85 gram
    • Peanut Butter Tri-O-Plex Duo Bar ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 100 gram
  • Econofoods (excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mountain)
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Family Fresh Market
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Family Thrift Center
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Food Bonanza
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Gigi's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 3 lb. corrugated box
  • GNC Triflex Peanut Butter Soft Chews 60 count containers
  • Gourmet Cookie Dough
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
    • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
  • Jimmy's Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough 15 lb, 20 lb and 25 lb
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies 4 oz, 12.5 oz, and 18 oz.
  • One Smart Cookie
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough 15 lb, 20 lb and 25 lb
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies 4 oz, 12.5 oz, and 18 oz.
  • Ovens of Ashley Monster Cookie Dough 3 lb. pails
  • Parker
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup 1442 (Man. on 11/6/08) 30 pound case
    • Peanut Butter Cookies & Crème Organic Bark 2348 (Man. On 10/3/08) 10 pound case
    • Peanut Butter Milk Blend 2310 (Man. On 7/31/08) 30 pound case
  • Pick'n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only)
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Prairie Market
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Rain Creek Baking Company
    • Michael's Baklava Assortment
    • Baklava Assortment
    • Peanut Butter Princesses
    • Peanut Butter Turtle Shells
    • Peanut Butter Turtles
    • Hand Crafted Baklava
  • Shurfine Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream 1.75 QT
  • Sinbad
    • Baklava & Sweets
    • Galleta estilo Baklava
    • Special Baklava Assortment
    • Sweets Baklava & Sweets
    • Sweets Caffe Sweets
    • Sweets Enrobed Peanut Butter Baskets
    • Sweets Enrobed Peanut Butter Princesses
    • Sweets European Baklava Assortment
    • Sweets Peanut Butter Princess Baklava
    • SinbadSweets.com 12pc Peanut Butter Princess
  • SunMart Foods
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar
  • Trader Joe's
    • Sutter's Formula Cookies 16-ounce
    • Nutty Chocolate Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars 7.4-ounce
    • Peanut Butter Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars 7.4-ounce
  • Wholesale Food Outlet
    • Peanut Butter Grand Brownies
    • Peanut Butter Rolls
    • Rolls and Cakes Iced with Peanut Butter Cream
    • Mini Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Monster Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Peanut Butter Cookies
    • Scotcheroos
    • Puppy Chow snack mix
    • Peanut Butter Rice Crisp Bar
    • Special K-Bar

Additionally, the AP reports recalls for:

  • Archer Farms (sold at Target)
    • Milk Chocolate Monster Chewy Soft Baked cookies
    • Double Peanut Butter Chewy Soft Baked cookies
  • Sam's Choice (sold at Wal-Mart) Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies.
  • Dough-to-Go cookie dough (California)
  • Jane Dough cookie dough (Washington, Nevada, and Arizona)
  • Auntie Ono cookie dough (Hawaii)
  • Nutrilite
    • Vanilla Pretzel Energy Bar
    • Peanut Butter Energy Bar
    • Chocolate Nut Roll Energy Bar
    • Product Intro Kit

Then there's ANOTHER recall... but not due to the peanut butter thing. It's a totally separate food safety oops... but I figured I might as well include it here too. Also from the same AP article.

  • Stonewall Kitchen
    • Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter
    • Coffee Caramel Sauce
    • Dulce Le Leche Sauce
    • Barefoot Contessa Espresso Dulce de Leche
  • Simply Enjoy (Stop & Shop and Giant stores)
    • Coffee Caramel Sauce, square glass jar, 13 oz.
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce, square glass jar, 12 oz.
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Absolutely ridiculous... (4.00 / 3)
A seventh death may be attributed to the outbreak, and the latest number I saw for people ill was 486 in 43 states and Canada.

Multiple deaths, hundreds of sicknesses?  A recall list a mile long that spans all across America?

Message to the new administration:  Our food system is broken, and it's demonstrably one of our largest existing public health risks.

We. Need. Change.

Now!


Also... (4.00 / 4)
I'd just like to let it be known, here and now...

# Chef Jay's

   * Peanut Butter Tri-O-Plex Brownie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 85 gram
   * Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Tri-O-Plex Cookie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 85 gram
   * Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Tri-O-Plex Lite Bites Cookie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 57 gram
   * Peanut Butter Tri-O-Plex Cookie ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 85 gram
   * Peanut Butter Tri-O-Plex Duo Bar ("Best Buy" 06/Sept/09 thru 16/Jan/10) 100 gram

That is not this Jay...

:)


mmmgrmphahaha!! (4.00 / 2)


come firefly-dreaming with me....

[ Parent ]
Salmonella & local food and news (4.00 / 2)
These food-borne oubtreaks are frightening, but on another level, they're amazing for a peek into how central and centralized certain ingredients are.

I wish we could get a local food spin into the MSM's narrative about these outbreaks. It ought to be mission critical for eyewitness news reporters -- the local angle on national news. "Local peanut butter producers have an answer to the current salmonella outbreak..."

If any readers/blogges on La Vida Locavore see examples of this kind of reporting online, it would be great if they linked to it here. We should reward those news sources with a flood of internet traffic.  

We won't throw the first punch, but...okay, maybe we'll throw the first punch.


A couple articles from earlier this week... (4.00 / 1)
in USA Today and in New York's Newsday seem to actually indicate that industry is going to push at this from another angle, and maybe try to blame the outbreak on small local producers -

PCA is a small, family-owned and operated business headquartered in Lynchburg, Va. It has fewer than 50 employees in the Blakely, Ga., plant that tested positive for salmonella.

The fact that more than 125 products have been recalled underscores how problems from a relatively small company can have huge ramifications.

1.  PCA may be privately owned, but it is not a "small family business".  Relative to ConAgra, maybe - but it is a company with headquarters in one state and a massive production facility in another state that employs 4 dozen people and cranks out tankers full of peanut butter to be distributed all across the country...

2.  Even if it did come from a small local producer, it's obviously the ridiculous over-consolidation of the supply lines and distribution systems that are at fault, anyways.

They touch on that in the second line of the quote from that article; but I think it's much more likely that if this is where they're going to go with it, they're going to gloss over that part after this is all over and argue for more consolidation in the food industry as they always do.  As if ConAgra wasn't responsible for a similar massive outbreak just 18 months ago...


[ Parent ]
Advocate for the devil :) (4.00 / 2)
Respectfully, I'm not sure I see what you see here, Jay. $17 million in sales is tiny [I tried to offer a link to a statement on PCA annual sales but can't do it for some reason]. There are quite a few grocery co-ops with bigger annual sales than $17 million, to put it in perspective. So I think that descriptor -- "small" -- in both articles is accurate, not spin.

And while they use the phrases "family-owned" and "small," I don't see finger-pointing at farmers in either of the links you mentioned.

Don't get me wrong. I've been interviewed by the media during outbreaks past, and I know that what you say is true -- their narrative reinforces the status quo in outbreak stories, because most reporters can't conceive of an alternative to Corporate Food. (Actually, what you usually see by this time are reporters hoisting the Irradiation flag, with quotes and salutes from Michael Osterholm).

But I'm not seeing that yet. I think the narrative is still gelling on this one.

We won't throw the first punch, but...okay, maybe we'll throw the first punch.


[ Parent ]
Exactly, the narrative is still gelling... (4.00 / 1)
But just because the problem itself isn't even close to being over yet, doesn't mean that industry hasn't already set the PR wheels in motion.  In fact, I'd be stunned if they haven't been working this out since Day One...

That line was first pushed on Thursday in the very "pro-business" USA Today (nice place to plant the seed...), and Newsday picked it up a few hours later.  I haven't checked since then, but it's very possible that more papers have since picked that line up, or will soon.

They don't have to literally point fingers at small family farmers, they can do it by insinuation using these same terms.  These types are masters at manipulating language.

For right now, what I'm saying is that when newspaper articles begin to use terms like "small family-owned business", and that this "underscores how problems from a relatively small company can have huge ramifications", that's setting off alarm bells for me.

I think that what I see here is the beginning of the narrative that they're going to push in the "lessons learned" aftermath, and we should pay very close attention to where this is going...


[ Parent ]
Paging OTA? (4.00 / 2)
Here's the story, reporters: no certified organic peanut butters have been recalled.  

We won't throw the first punch, but...okay, maybe we'll throw the first punch.

[ Parent ]
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