More dog food and another generic brand of peanut butter crackers -- this time ShopRite -- were added yesterday to the burgeoning recall list affected by the salmonella contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America's Georgia plant.
The increase in PCA-related recalls followed the announcement of a
seventh possible death authorities have linked to the contamination at
the firm's Blakely, Ga., plant.
The woman's name and date of death were not released. The spokesman
said he did not know if the woman had eaten peanut butter. Another two
deaths in Virginia and one each in North Carolina and Idaho have been
linked to the outbreak.
Meanwhile, Kellogg Co. issued a voluntary recall of two varieties of
ShopRite brand peanut butter sandwich crackers because they contain
peanut paste produced by PCA and had the potential to be contaminated.
The two recalled sandwich crackers are: ShopRite Peanut Butter on
Toasty Crackers, all sizes; and ShopRite Peanut Butter and Cheese
Cracker Snacks, all sizes.
The two products are manufactured by Kellogg for ShopRite, which has
stores in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Whole Foods Market announced a similar recall of its Whole Foods Carob
Energee Nuggets distributed to stores in California, Oregon,
Washington, and Nevada
Jewel-Osco, a division of Supervalu Inc. and leading Chicago
supermarket and drugstore chain, recalled its Happy Tails
multi-flavored dog biscuits. Like humans, salmonella in pets can cause
diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It can also be
transferred to other animals or humans.
Irvine, Calif.-based Arbonne International Llc recalled certain lots of
its Arbonne Figure 8 Peanut Butter Chews which are distributed
nationwide through independent consultants.
Through its investigation to date, the Food and Drug Administration has
determined PCA distributed potentially contaminated product to more
than 70 consignee firms, for use as an ingredient in hundreds of
different products, such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice
cream. Nationwide, companies supplied by PCA have issued voluntary
recalls affecting almost 200 products.
As of Friday, at least 492 people been confirmed sickened as part of
the outbreak. At least one lawsuit has been filed, on behalf of a
Vermont couple whose 7-year-old son was hospitalized for five days.
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