Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey Products Safe to Eat

Posted on January 18, 2009

Well, here's some happy news for Reese's peanut butter cups lovers: Reese's candies, which are made by Hershey's, are free from any taint due to the current salmonella outbreak. All products made by Hershey's and ConAgra are safe, because they do not use any peanut products from the tainted supplier, Peanut Corp of America.
Hershey and ConAgra, in separate statements late Saturday said they do not purchase any ingredients from the Peanut Corp of America, which is at the center of the investigation.

Peanut Corp said it had been informed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that some samples of its products had tested positive for a salmonella strain that may have originated in a Blakely, Georgia, peanut processing plant. The recalled peanut butter was sold in bulk packaging in containers ranging from 5 pounds (2.3 kg) to 1,700 pounds (771 kg) and the peanut paste was sold in sizes ranging from 35-pound (16-kg) containers to tanker containers. None of the peanut butter or peanut paste being recalled is sold through retail stores, PCA said.

Kellogg Co said on Friday it was recalling certain products that "have the potential to be contaminated," including some Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter snacks and some Famous Amos and Keebler Soft Batch cookies. H-E-B, Ralcorp Frozen Baker and Hy-Vee Inc have issued recalls for a range of their products that could have been contaminated.
Well, that's a relief, considering how many foods Hershey and ConAgra make. But it's getting to the point where you have to check the news every morning to determine what's safe to eat. It's ridiculous and the FDA needs to do something about these ongoing outbreaks.

Update 1-21-09: The FDA has launched a searchable database of recalled products containing peanut butter.