Peter Pan Peanut Butter Recalled
Posted on February 17, 2007The FDA has ordered that consumers throw away all Peter Pan peanut butter made since May, 2006, because of potential contamination with salmonella. Over 290 people in 39 states have fallen ill during the outbreak with 46 hospitalizations.
The FDA said in a statement: "Although Great Value peanut butter with the specified product code has not been linked by CDC to the cases of Salmonella Tennessee infection, the product is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination. Great Value peanut butter made by manufacturers other than ConAgra is not affected."
What is the deal lately with all the salmonella and E. coli contamination cases? The United States used to have the safest food supply in the world, but in the past few years there have been case after case of contaminated foods -- from green onions, to spinach to peanut butter, of all things. There has never been a case of contaminated peanut butter in U.S. history -- until now. School children all over the country eat peanut butter every day. This is simply unacceptable. We agree with the consumer groups that want more funding for the FDA to perform its oversight function to keep American food safe and healthy.