January 26, 2009

Peanut butter product recall still expands

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified several more companies recalling products possibly containing peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella.

Among the most recent recalls are Supreme Protein Inc. peanut butter crunch and caramel nut bars; Shoprite-brand peanut butter on toasty crackers and peanut butter and cheese cracker snacks manufactured by the Kellogg Co.; Larabar-brand and JamFrakas-brand peanut butter blisscrisp and cookie flavor snack bars manufactured by General Mills Inc.; Whole Foods-brand carob energee nuggets; Nutrilite-brand vanilla pretzel, peanut butter energy and chocolate nut roll energy bars sold by the Amway Global Corp.; Private Selection-brand light peanut butter passion ice cream manufactured by the Kroger Co. and sold at City Market, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC and Smith's stores; and certain lots of Triflex-brand peanut butter soft chews manufactured by the Primrose Candy Co. and sold by General Nutrition Centers Inc.

The FDA said it has determined a Peanut Corp. of America manufacturing plant in Georgia was the source of the Salmonella typhimurium contamination. That plant supplied the peanut butter used in the recalled products.

The federal agency said major brands of peanut butter sold in jars are not affected by the recalls.