Major peanut butter jar brands not affected by recall

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By The Staff

On behalf of Florida’s peanut farmers, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation reminds consumers that the peanut butter/peanut butter paste recall does not apply to most major brands of jar peanut butter. The recall applies to a limited amount of food products containing peanut butter or peanut butter paste.

The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an investigation into the source of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. At this time, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America. PCA manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste that are distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream.

The FDA has created a searchable list of products and brands associated with the PCA recall. This list is available on the FDA website at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm

Salmonella is a group of bacterial organisms that are the source of the most common source of food poisoning in the United States. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can cause serious or fatal illness in people with weak immune systems.

Even though food borne illnesses can pose a serious threat, America’s farmers and ranchers remain committed to a safe food supply for consumers in the U.S. and around the world.

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general-interest agricultural association with about 138,000 member-families statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural organization. More information about Florida Farm Bureau is available on the organization’s Web site, http://FloridaFarmBureau.org.