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Myth or Fact? All peanut butter products are contaminated by Salmonella

MYTH. If the recent Salmonella scare has made you think twice about eating anything containing peanuts, you're not alone. Over 500 Americans have been affected in over 43 states by various peanut butter and peanut paste-containing products (including 9 deaths). Officials have isolated the source of the outbreak to contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste produced by The Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Georgia processing plant. PCA's products are used in hundreds of different food items including cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream.

As unfortunate as this situation is, not all peanut products are affected. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores are not affected by the PCA recall" and the makers of my favorite peanut butter product, Justin's 100 Calorie Nut Butter Pack (available at Whole Foods) claim that their products are still safe to eat as well.

Previous Coverage
Congress grills peanut CEO over salmonella poisonings

(Feb 11, 2009) The head of the Georgia peanut company behind the salmonella outbreak has been forced to appear before Congress Wednesday.

More Information

- From the FDA: Recall of Products Containing Peanut Butter
- Search combined list of recalled products here
- Contact the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD
- Contact the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO
- Products determined to be safe at the American Peanut Council
At the last minute, late Tuesday afternoon, the House subcommittee investigating this outbreak subpoenaed the head of Peanut Corporation of America to face some of the victims and explain why he shipped products that the government says he knew were contaminated.

Three-year-old Jacob Hurley is one of 550 people who got sick from tainted peanut butter, eight others have died.

Hurley's father testifies today, as Congress looks into why the Peanut Corporation of America shipped products after internal tests came up positive for salmonella 12 times.

So far 1,900 products have been recalled.

E-mails show the company's president complained holding shipments, based on positive tests, was costing him huge amounts of money. More...

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