FDA Tracks Salmonella to Georgia Peanut Butter Plant

Associated Press
Friday, March 2, 2007

Federal inspectors found the strain of salmonella that tainted peanut butter made at the ConAgra Foods plant in Sylvester, Ga., the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday.

Government and industry officials have said the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equipment.

ConAgra on Feb. 14 recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at the Sylvester plant, after federal health officials linked the products to an outbreak that began in August and sickened 370 people. The recall now includes all such products made since December 2005, the FDA said.

The FDA also said the company had sent bulk Peter Pan peanut butter to a plant in Humboldt, Tenn., where it was put into various products. Health officials warned the public to discard the products, which include:

· Sonic Ready-to-Use Peanut Butter Topping in 6-pound, 10.5-ounce cans. Sonic outlets used the topping until Feb. 16 in peanut butter shakes, peanut butter fudge shakes, peanut butter sundaes and peanut butter fudge sundaes, the FDA said.

· Carvel Peanut Butter Topping in 6-pound, 10-ounce cans. Carvel also used the topping until Feb. 16 in its Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Treasure, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae Dasher ice cream products as well as in customized products, such as the peanut butter-flavored ice cream in Carvel ice cream cakes, the FDA said.

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