The American Peanut Council (APC) continues to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate which products may be affected by a manufacturer’s recall. At this time, there is no indication that any national name-brand jars of peanut butter sold in retail stores are linked to the recall by Georgia-based Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).
On Saturday, the APC joined the FDA in urging consumers to postpone eating products that use peanut butter as an ingredient — such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, and ice cream — pending information about which products are supplied by a PCA plant in Blakely, Georgia. The plant does not manufacture or supply any retail peanut butter brands.
“The FDA and manufacturers are working hard to determine which products may be affected, and they have our full cooperation,” says Patrick Archer, President of the American Peanut Council.
PCA has announced a voluntary recall of all peanut butter produced at the plant on or after Aug. 8, 2008, all peanut paste produced on or after Sept. 26, 2008, and 21 lots of peanut butter produced on or after July 1, 2008.
Some of the peanut butter is distributed in bulk for further manufacturing into products containing peanut butter and to large institutions, such as nursing homes and hospitals.
The FDA is working closely with members of the food industry to publish a detailed list of implicated products as soon as possible. Consumers should visit www.fda.gov for a list of affected products in the days ahead. Consumers should also go to company and brand Web sites for further information about any specific products. Information about PCA’s recall can be found at www.peanutcorp.com.