Peanut Butter Recall Expands

Product Liability

A recall of salmonella-tainted peanut butter first announced last week has begun to expand. General Mills Inc., and grocers Kroger Co., Meijer Inc., and Safeway, Inc. have all pulled peanut butter from their shelves.

According to the FDA, the outbreak has been traced to a plant in Georgia owned by Peanut Corporation of America. People have also been advised to not eat cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other foods that contain peanut butter. However, the FDA has said that most of the peanut butter sold in jars is safe.

Safeway has begun to pull Ready Pack Eating Right Kids Apples with Peanut Butter and Orchard Valley Harvest’s Organic Bark Peanut Butter Cookies and Cream. Meijer has recalled Meijer brand Cheese and Peanut Butter and Toasty Peanut Butter, as well as Peanut Butter and Jelly and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. Kroger, the country’s largest chain supermarket, recalled Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold at Smith’s, QFC, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, and City Market.

Other recalled products include:

  • General Mills’ LARABAR Peanut Butter Cookie and JamFrakas Peanut Butter Blisscrisp.
  • Clif Bar & Co. has recalled some bars under the Clif Mojo and Luna labels.
  • Kellogg Co. recalled 16 products, including Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies, Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies, and Keebler Cheese & Peanut butter Sandwich Crackers.
  • Abbott Nutrition recalled NutriPals Peanut Butter Chocolate nutrition bars, ZonePerfect Chocolate Peantu Butter bars, and ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars. These items are sold in the U.S., Mexico, Singapore, and New Zealand.
  • McKee Foods Corp., maker of Little Debbie voluntarily recalled its peanut butter crackers.

Some companies have announced they are not affected by the salmonella contamination. This included companies such as Russell Stover Candies, Peter Pan maker ConAgra Foods Inc., and J.M. Smucker Co.