I eat an apple with almond butter almost every day. It’s my pre-yoga breakfast. Every so often I switch it up with fresh ground peanut butter, although not often. I create nut butters by grinding whole nuts, so I’m not too concerned about food safety. But as a “food” person, I thought I’d throw out some information on the current recall of peanut butter from the Peanut Corp of America (PCA) due to a salmonella outbreak. The FDA has confirmed that the outbreak resulted from products originating at the PCA plant in Georgia. At this point, 486 people from 43 states have become ill. It’s serious — with over 100 hospitalizations and 6 deaths. We have 12 reported cases here in Colorado. Ohio has the most at 65. For a state by state list, consumer recommendations, and information about salmonella, check this site at the Center for Disease Control.
PCA doesn’t sell peanut butter directly to the consumer, so jars of major national brands aren’t affected. It’s the processed foods you need to worry about. Some manufactures use peanut butter or peanut paste to make cookies, crackers, bars, cakes, etc. Keep in mind that peanut butter is also used in making dog treats, so it’s not only people food we need to be concerned about with the recall, but dog food as well.
While there are lots of what I’d call junk foods on the recall list, two good ones jumped out at me — Clif and Luna Bars. I occasionally eat Clif Organic Nectar Bars, which don’t come in peanut butter flavor, but you might want to check this list if you buy Clif products. For a current (as of today) list of all recalled products, check here. The list is long and some foods have been exported to other countries, so if you eat peanut butter treats, make sure they aren’t part of the recall.
It’s not always easy to do, but eating local food and knowing where your food comes from helps diminish food safety issues.
In good health,