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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pack up Your Peanuts!

Because so much of the nation, and the media for that matter is focused on the national and world economy, the fact that the peanut product recall has burgeoned faster than Bank of America’s falling stock prices is an alarming trend.

Having personally lost two pets, and one placed under medical care during the 2007-2008 pet food product recall, I probably take notice to government alerts and warnings faster than is normal.

Just in case you have been justifiably consumed with loosing your job or foreclosing on your mortgage you should be aware of certain statistics that may not be reaching you in a timely manner.

The recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning, which was originally traced to the Peanut Corporation of America’s processing plant in Blakely, Georgia has been expanded to cover their plant in Plainview, Texas.

To date, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 44 states have been affected with a combination of 654 cases of illness, and nine fatalities.

The Peanut Corporation of America has filed this month for bankruptcy liquidation, which was a red flag so I went to the Food and Drug Administration’s web site at:

I strongly urge you to check out the Peanut Product Recall Information, category-by-category that is current on their site as of this posting, Sat, 21 Feb 2009 09:00:00 GMT.

I don’t wish to alarm, but I think you will be shocked and dismayed at the product scope of the recall, which may or may not be tainted, but better to err on the side of caution.

We’re not talking mere peanuts here, but some very big retail distributors of peanut products. Please check it out as children and the elderly are most vulnerable.


BarryGillogly said...

Good warning. Of course we have the last ten years of inspector cut-backs to thank for this... that and greedy "care less" business people. I wonder what the Chinese would do to this peanut guy if he had done this in China?

Paula Slade said...

I can only imagine and it's not a pretty thought.

Anonymous said...

A very tricky situation as it's not as easy as when a specific brand of car or toy is recalled. And in this case, peanuts are EVERYWHERE! Not just peanut butter, candies, and crackers, but things that are processed using peanut ingredients (or even just made in the same factory as peanuts).