There is a new FDA peanut butter warning this evening. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised that Americans should not eat cookies, crackers, candy and ice cream that contain peanut butter or paste while officials work to determine which kinds of peanut butter are responsible for an outbreak of Salmonella. The FDA’s website is currently taking a beating as traffic is hammering away at it trying to get updates on this story.
The outbreak has so far caused 6 deaths and about 500 hospitalizations.
The warning only applies to products containing peanut butter, not to jarred peanut butter itself. It is thought that commercial peanut butter sold in 5 to 50 pounds tubs to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and commercial producers under the King Nut and Parnell’s Pride label are responsible after a positive test.
Over 85 different companies use the peanut butter, including Kellogs which has recalled products including Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies. A full list of Kellogs products affected is available here.
Supermarkets and suppliers, including Walmart and Costco are pulling affected items from shelves due to the FDA peanut butter warning.
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