MONTGOMERY, AL., -- Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Ron Sparks advises consumers that the number of peanut butter products on the recall list continues to grow. Since the initial recall in early January, more than 155 products from 50 different manufacturers are now included in the list of products possibly contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium.
Sparks urges consumers to err on the side of caution by regularly checking the list of recalled products that is available online at http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html, or by calling the 1-800 numbers located on most product packaging. He also reminds churches, civic organizations, daycares and other community groups to check food storage areas for any of these products.
Peanut butter in consumer size packaging at retail stores is not affected by any current recalls.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant in Blakely, Georgia owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste-a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts-that are both distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream. PCA does not sell peanut butter directly to consumers. PCA only sells peanut butter to institutions and food manufacturers. PCA has stopped all production at its Blakely, Ga. plant as the FDA continues its investigation.