Salmonella Outbreak in Peanut Butter Prompts Voluntary Recalls

January 21, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Article Print This Post Print This Post

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Earlier this month, Keebler and Kellogg’s voluntarily recalled several of it’s products as they had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Other companies are beginning to follow suit. The list of voluntarily recalled items is growing daily to include health bars, ice creams, crackers and cookies all of which may contain contaminated peanut butter products.

Many vegetarians rely on peanut butter and peanut products to get a little extra protein into their systems.  I unfortunately saw the Luna Bar recall after I ate one of the bars yesterday that was included on their recall list. Therefore, I wanted to lend a hand to help get this information out to the world. I’ve listed a few of the recalls that have come out over the past few days and provided links to the company websites.

Your best source for up-to-date information is the FDA website. The website includes a list of recalled products as well as updates on the investigation into the outbreak.

In the meantime, I’m just checking out what I’m eating and if in doubt I’m going to through it out.

Cliff Bar/Luna/Mojo Bar Recalls

On January 19, 2009, we announced a voluntary recall of 14 U.S and 4 Canadian products including CLIF Bar, CLIF Builder’s, CLIF MOJO, CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR and LUNA Bar, in the U.S. and Canada because the peanut butter in those products was sourced, for a limited period of time, from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is a manufacturer and supplier of peanut butter for many food companies and manufacturers.

Ready Pac Foods Recalls

The products included in the Ready Pac voluntary recall include:

  • Ready Pac Cool Cuts Celery with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 077745-22415-2
  • Trader Joe’s Celery with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0048-5401
  • Trader Joe’s Celery with Peanut Butter 30/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0048-5401
  • Eating Right Apples with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0-79893-70175-2
  • Eating Right Celery with Peanut Butter 12/6.75 oz
    By Dates of 12/27/08 to 2/2/09 and UPC: 0-79893-70172-1

Nature’s Path Recall

Recall limited to Optimum Energy Bars in Peanut Butter Flavor; marked BEST BEFORE 01OCT09A, no other Nature’s Path products are involved.

PetSmart Recall

Even products for dogs are being pulled from the shelves…

The recalled products include only the following types of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits sold between Aug. 21, 2008 and Jan. 19, 2009:

  • Small Assorted 32 oz., UPC 73725702900
  • Small/Medium Assorted 4 lb., UPC 73725700601
  • Small/Medium Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700605
  • Small/Medium Assorted 10 lb., UPC 73725702755
  • Large Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700638
  • Extra Large Assorted 8 lb., UPC 73725700779
  • Peanut Butter 4 lb., UPC 73725700766

As I mentioned above, the FDA is also maintaining a website with up-to-date information and product recall information here.

2 Comments to “Salmonella Outbreak in Peanut Butter Prompts Voluntary Recalls”


  1. Your post is probably the best summarized write-up I’ve seen, with the link to the FDA site (and others) nicely highlighted.
    (I was eating a Take 5 chocolate bar–totally for the protein from the peanuts and peanut butter, *of course*!–when I first read this. Now I’m glad I didn’t pick the Luna bar!)

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  2. Thanks, Peej. I noticed today at the store that they have pulled the recalled items. So that’s good. (The clif and luna section was noticeably wiped clean of peanut flavors.)

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