February 16, 2009

Many more peanut products are recalled

General Mills Inc. and Stop & Shop supermarkets are among the U.S. companies issuing recent recalls of possibly tainted peanut products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said some of the plants operated by The Peanut Corp. of American were the source of the salmonella contamination. PCA filed for bankruptcy protection Friday in Virginia.

Among the latest recalls of products containing peanuts, peanut butter and peanut paste manufactured by PCA were:

--General Mills Inc.: Three flavors of Cascadian Farm-brand snack bars -- peanut butter chip chewy granola, sweet and salty mixed nut chewy granola and sweet and salty peanut pretzel chews granola bars.

--Stop & Shop Supermarket Co.: Simply Enjoy-brand sweet and salty mixed nuts.

--Slim Fast, a Unilever United States Inc. company: Slim Fast Optima and Meal Options-brands caramel crispy peanut meal on-the-go bars, Dutch chocolate breakfast and lunch bars and peanut butter flavor breakfast and lunch bars.

--Betty Lou's Inc.: Betty Lou's-brand peanut butter protein bars distributed nationally.

--The Balance Bar Co.: Balance-brand honey peanut nutrition energy bars.

--Melaleuca Inc.: Attain-, ProFlex15- and ProFlex20-brand chocolate peanut butter flavor nutrition bars sold nationwide in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

--In-Room Plus Inc. and In-Room West Inc.: Various brands of honey roasted peanuts and hot Cajun mix distributed to hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Seychelles, Cayman Islands, St. Johns, St. Martin, Aruba and Grand Cayman.

Major brands of jarred peanut butter aren't affected by the recalls.