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Posted on 02/15/2007 9:01:22 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE P07-21 February 14, 2007
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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter Product May be Contaminated With Salmonella
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.
If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.
Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.
FDA's warning is based on a just-completed epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter. This report was provided to FDA on February 13.
The outbreak appears to be ongoing and the first consumer may have become ill in August 2006. The cause of foodborne illnesses can be difficult to identify. As a result of extensive epidemiological testing and recent case control studies, CDC was recently able to identify Peter Pan peanut butter as the likely cause of illness. Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination.
ConAgra is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed. The company also is destroying all affected products in their possession. The company will cease production until the exact cause of contamination can be identified and eliminated. ConAgra will advise consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 in their possession. To assist in this endeavor, FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra's processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia where the products are made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee.
FDA will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.
Consumers who have questions should contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970.
I think it is a good repost as it is something a lot of people use.
Oops. Just had some nice peanut butter toast about ten minutes before I saw this. Yep, new jar of Peter Pan 2111. Feeling fine. So far :)
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Discard it? Heck no, I will RETURN it and expect my money back.
Thank you for re-posting this. I just checked my jar of Great Value peanut butter and I have the code beginning with 2111...
Recently, I have had symptoms shown in the article along with a severe sinus infection (twice) which I am medicating now.
Two months ago, I really experienced a bout of these symptoms so I am grateful to have this information. Thanks again.
"Discard it? Heck no, I will RETURN it and expect my money back."
Right on! And then buy Jiff, as it is the best! Of course, making your own fresh peanut butter is even better! Just put roasted peanuts in your blender and use it up quickly!:)
Just checked my Peter Pan and it starts with 2111. Have had it a couple of weeks now, half gone, and noone has been sick.
Still throwing it away.
What happened? Did a toad hop in the vat?
So, that's why my mouse traps don't work.
Too late; my wife and I have finished about 3/4th of a 28 oz. jar. It probably took us at least 3-4 weeks to eat this much so I guess we are well past the danger point. It reminds me of a situation about 25 years ago when our (then about 6 year-old) son got a case of salmonella from contaminated milk. My wife and I, and our two year old daughter, had drunk from the same batch of milk without any harm. My point is, I guess it depends on what state your immune system is in - glad mine seems to be O.K. I hope any others of you who ate this stuff are also O.K.
Still fine an hour later.
It makes me question why government employees are so quick to want to destroy the belongings of others, especially corporations, on some neurotic's whim.
I conclude that Mel Brooks summed it up in "Blazing Saddles": "Gentlemen, we've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs!"
I just returned mine. They had already pulled all Peter Pan from the shelves. Manager just switched it out for another jar of whatever I wanted and said....I hope noone got sick.
Peter Pan peanut butter sucks.
The best PB is Jif.
Thank you for your feeeeellllings!
Thank you for your post! I just checked the pantry and found an 18 oz. jar of PPPB with the 2111 code on it. Fortunately the safety seal under the lid had not been removed yet. If you had not posted this, I might not have known about it until after I had used the product. And my son eats a peanut butter sandwich almost every day. Again, many thanks.
I've eaten half a jar of this peanut butter and feel fine. Should I still destroy it? What are the chances of it making me sick if the first half of the jar didn't?
I was always too embarrassed to go through the checkout line with "Peter Pan" peanut butter. Hence I've never bought any. And look who's laughin now.
In that case I would suspect the peanut butter. I once nearly died from diarrhea and I that that very seriously. I would think about getting to your doctor. I once was hospitalized when I came down with viral enteritis and my BP dropped to 80/40 and I could barely crawl to the doctor's office. I've never felt so sick in my life. I was hospitalized and put on intravenous fluids and in two hours I was ready to get out of there on back home. I felt absolutely horrible; worst I have felt in my life. It is a wonder I didn't die. I can certainly understand why old people die from the flu. Their systems just can't stand the strain.
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