Minnesota says yes. FDA and CDC aren’t so sure. The manufacturer has recalled everything.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 425 people in 43 states have been sickened with Salmonella typhimurium going back to fall 2008. The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health sent an initial alert on January 9, based on epidemiological evidence, and then confirmed the same S. typhimurium in an opened pail of the peanutty stuff on Monday, January 12. Still, the feds apparently want more evidence. There are a number of states, like Rhode Island, which assert their S. typhimurium cases have had no exposure to peanut butter.
Yesterday, January 13, Peanut Corporation of America, which makes the stuff for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies, went ahead and recalled everything produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility.
So how do these various government agencies and industry decide to go public? At what point is the evidence of harm sufficient to issue a public warning? If consumers knew what was involved, maybe they’d have more confidence in the process.
Associate Professor, food safety
Dept. diagnostic medicine/pathobiology
Kansas State University
Publisher of Barfblog.com