Feds expand list of salmonella-tainted peanut products

Federal health officials on Jan. 21 expanded their list of foods contaminated with salmonella-tainted peanut butter or paste, urging the public to check their pantries and trash for any one of the more than 125 products now at risk of carrying the bacteria, Newsday reports. Numerous well-known companies and brands–including General Mills, Kellogg, and Kroger Co.–have voluntarily recalled products. Yesterday, NutriSystem Inc., a leading provider of weight-loss products, announced a voluntary recall of its 1.41-ounce peanut butter granola bars because the product contains peanut butter supplied by the Peanut Corp. of America (PCA). The company’s plant in Blakely, Ga., is the source of bulk peanut butter or peanut paste for companies that might have added tainted product to cookies, crackers, health bars, ice cream, and pet food. Though PCA is a small company, it lists more than 70 food companies as its customers. An estimated 486 people in 43 states and one Canadian province have been sickened since September, and six people have died. Health inspectors in West Haven, Conn., announced yesterday they had identified a container of King Nut peanut butter containing the outbreak strain. School officials in that state have begun removing peanut-butter products from cafeterias and vending machines…

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