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Old 02-16-2007, 07:51 PM   #21
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When I found that out, I tossed it in the trash.
If you live in an area where indigent and/or homeless people live, you might want to either flush the stuff down the potty, run it down the garbage disposal or find another "safe" way to get rid of it. Often these poor souls forage through trash looking for something to eat. I'd hate to be responsible for making them sick, too.

Not sure whether animals can contract salmonella but, animals could get into the trash, too.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:06 PM   #22
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Apparently, the problem is in the ConAgra processing plant in Sylvester, GA - where they make Peter Pan and WalMart's Great Value peanut butter, going back to the March 2006 production run which probably didn't hit the shelves until May 2006.

Forbe's had an article today here (don't know how long it will be available online). Here is the original FDA notice, and here is the FDA's update notice, and a Q&A page the FDA set up today - which also tells you how to get a refund. If it's any consolation - this is the first recorded case of a salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter in U.S. history.

Before you spend hours and hours on hold trying to talk to someone from ConAgra about getting a refund ... try contacting your local grocery store. Here in TX - Albertson's, Tom Thumb and WalMart will give a refund even on opened and partially consumed jars (I think HEB is doing the same but I'm not sure) according to the news reports this morning ... Kroger (as of this morning) will only give a refund on unopened (safety seal still intact) jars.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:11 PM   #23
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Katie E: How right you are. I have received out dated food products from people who are moving. (very out dated food products....like 15-25 years old) Why didn't they just throw the stuff away? I really resent having to put it in a black garbage bag to get rid of it.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:41 PM   #24
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Thanks for the heads up on this problem.
I just searched through mt pantry and found two jars with the 2111 code on the lid. Bummer! Glad I haven't tried them yet
Guess I'll have to toss em though, the receipt is loooooong gone by now
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:23 PM   #25
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An Update

I just got off the phone with my food guy at Walmart:

If you have a WalMart store nearby - they will refund for their Great Value and Peter Pan brands of PB, you don't need a receipt - some stores are requireing the "unused portion" of the jar and lid, some are accepting just the lid as "proof of purchase". If you return the unused portion of the jar to them it will solve the disposal question brought up by Katie.

Katie: WalMart is taking care to properly quarantine and dispose of the "suspect" PB so that it will not be available to indigent "dumpster divers" or animals.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:28 PM   #26
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If you return the unused portion of the jar to them it will solve the disposal question brought up by Katie.

Katie: WalMart is taking care to properly quarantine and dispose of the "suspect" PB so that it will not be available to indigent "dumpster divers" or animals.
Thank you, Michael. As you might understand, this could be a potential problem. Glad it's being addressed.
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^ That's good news. As with a few others, I have no worries. Only natural PB from WF.
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Old 02-17-2007, 11:46 AM   #28
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spinach and now peanut butter
whats next?

Jelly.

Don't forget lettuce. That was the first thing suspected of having salmonilla.

I think that whoever is putting this crap out is just trying to scare people! How in the Sam Hill does salmonilla get into fruits and veggies?

They're just not satisfied uness they're badmouthing certains foods to have consumers running scared!! It's so annoying and sickening at times!!
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:21 PM   #29
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Thanks alot Mike!
Great and timely info as always
I'll have to call Mom, I think she also has two jars in her pantry.
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Old 02-24-2007, 03:40 PM   #30
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FDA Peanut butter Update - 23-Feb-07

Here is the latest FDA Update on the peanut butter contamination issue that actually goes beyond the initial "statistical data survey" (what did you eat in the 72-hours before you got sick questions) that initiated the recall and now has some positive cultures for Salmonella Tennessee obtained from jars of PB people who bacame sick had consumed to support the epidemiological statistical model.

Corey ... I don't know how salmonella gets into fruits or nuts, or nut products, but it happens. There was a major recall of almonds from California back in 2004 (not only had they been shipped overseas to Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, France, England and Italy - about 50 companies had used them in their products) - and it wasn't a statistical thing, the nuts in the bags tested positive. And, even as recently as yesterday on the FDA website, Castle Produce Announced the Recall of Cantaloupe Melons due to Salmonella contamination. Is it a "perfect" system? No ... but it's sure better than nothing! And, it's gotten better over the past 50 years at quickly isolating the "probable" sources of contamination.

Sorry Clutch - words like "All Natural" or "Natural" or "Organic", or the stores that sell them, offer no immunity to possible food contamination. Some of the spinach and lettuce in the recent E. Coli outbreat were labeled (branded) that way (Natural or Organic) and sold at WF (Whole Foods) - which also recently (31 Jan 2007) recalled 6,000 jars of olive tapenade because some contained shards of glass, and on 16 Feb 2007 the FDA issued a notice not to use jars of Earth's Best "Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast Baby Food" because of contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Your "natural PB from WF" has just as much potential for contamination as "unnatural" PB sold somewhere else.

If anyone is interested in keeping up on the latest food safety news - you can check out the FDA website ... for the most significant product actions of the last 60 days, or a link to all FDA actions - check here on the Recalls, Withdrawals and Alerts page.
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