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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Peanut butter goes on the offensive



Mom_peanutsAs the list of products being recalled because of the possibility of an outbreak of salmonella continues to grow, the peanut industry has decided that it needs to go on the offensive and tell you what IS NOT affected.

In today's St. Petersburg Times, Jif peanut butter placed an ad with the headline, "You can trust Jif". The ad goes on to say that any peanut butter products from the Smucker Co., which includes Jif, Smucker's Natural, Smucker's Uncrustables, Adams or Laura Scudder's, are safe from the outbreak. And just to get you hooked, they added a 35-cent coupon to buy a jar. I guess they want to make sure that choosy mothers still choose Jif.

Peter Pan, which was hit hard back in 2007 by its own contamination scare, has added a message to its Web site that says in part, "ConAgra Foods, the maker of Peter Pan Peanut Butter, has confirmed that none of the ingredients used to make Peter Pan Peanut Butter come from Peanut Corporation of America, the company linked to the government’s current salmonella investigation."

In fact, now the Food and Drug Administration is working with the American Peanut Council to put together a list of products that are not caught up in the recall.

After all the calls I have received on this issue, this list will put lots of minds at ease. Still, it will be even better when the FDA can figure out how it happened. Sure, it's not the Chinese milk scandal (two men have been sentenced to death in that case) but with six deaths and nearly 500 people ill in 43 states and Canada, something needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again.

-- Sherry Robinson


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:58am]


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