Thursday, January 22, 2009

That's what I'VE been saying all along...

Peanut butter is disgusting. I hate the smell of it, and I will only gag it down in the most dire of circumstances. I don't care what you put it on, unless it has a lot of chocolate wrapped around it, I am not a fan. I haven't always been so 'crazy,' and I can't explain my loathing of the gooey substance, but suffice it to say that people who live with me know to keep away their spoons full of the gunk and to wash their knives with the dreaded spackle right away.

...and so I find it interesting that the FDA is urging everyone to follow my lead. :) (My apologies to anyone who loves peanut butter...we'll just have to agree to disagree, shall we?) It is a shame, though, that the various confections are the ones under investigation and not the actual jars of the vile goo.

FDA Urges People to Avoid Peanut Butter Products
FDA says people shouldn't eat peanut butter products while it investigates salmonella outbreak
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON January 17, 2009 (AP)

Federal health authorities on Saturday urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter until authorities can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination.

Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe, said Stephen Sundlof, head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center.

"As of now, there is no indication that the major national name-brand jars of peanut butter sold in retails stores are linked to the recall," Sundlof told reporters in a conference call.

Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America. Its peanut butter is not sold directly to consumers but distributed to institutions and food companies. But the peanut paste, made from roasted peanuts, is an ingredient in cookies, cakes and other products that people buy in the supermarket.

"This is an excellent illustration of an ingredient-driven outbreak," said Dr. Robert Tauxe, who oversees foodborne illness investigations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So far, more than 470 people have gotten sick in 43 states, and at least 90 had to be hospitalized. At least six deaths are being blamed on the outbreak. Salmonella is a bacteria and the most common source of food poisoning in the U.S., causing diarrhea, cramping and fever.

Officials said new illnesses are still being reported in the outbreak investigation.
The Kellogg Co., which listed Peanut Corp. as one of its suppliers, has recalled 16 products. They include Austin and Keebler branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and some snack-size packs of Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies. Health officials said consumers who have bought any of those products should throw them away.

Peanut Corp. has recalled all peanut butter produced at the Georgia plant since Aug. 8 and all peanut paste produced since Sept. 26. The plant passed its last state inspection this summer, but recent tests have found salmonella.


Blogger Scott said...

I would agree with you. Except Reese's Pieces, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter M&M's, peanut butter bars are the best treats ever.

January 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM


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