March 5, 2009

Peanut product recall still expanding

Abbott Nutrition of Columbus, Ohio, a division of Abbott Laboratories, is recalling several of its candy bars that might contain tainted peanut products.

Abbott is recalling its Zone Perfect-brand chocolate caramel cluster bars and both Champions- and Glucema-brand chocolate peanut butter bars.

The recall is one of hundreds initiated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered salmonella contamination in peanut ingredients produced by the Peanut Corporation of America. PCA distributed peanuts and peanut butter, paste, meal and granules to manufacturers of such products as dog food, candy, ice cream, cereal, baked goods and other items.

Other recent recalls announced by the FDA include:

--Casey's General Stores Inc.: Casey's-brand peanut clusters and salted peanuts.

--Breadfarm Inc.: Breadfarm-brand peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, Sirius dog treats, Valencia peanut butter and Wonder bars.

--Casper's Ice Cream Inc.: Fat Boy- and Casco-brand nut sundae on a stick and cherry cordial nut sundae.

--Turner Holdings LLC: approximately 80,000 units of Hiland-brand candy bar crunch ice cream and Best Choice-brand tin roof sundae ice cream.

A FDA list of recalled products, including expiration dates, lot numbers and other information, is available at