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02.19.09 Peanut Product Recall

due to the Salmonella Outbreak

If you have concerns regarding the current Salmonella outbreak due to tainted peanut products, the CDC and FDA have put together the following recommendations for consumers:

• Major national brands of jarred peanut butter found in grocery stores are NOT on the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) recall list.

• Any product that is on the recall list should be disposed of in a safe manner. Any recalled product should be thrown away to prevent Salmonella infections in humans, pets, or other animals. This product should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag and placed in a sealed trash can to prevent people or animals, including wild animals, from eating it.

• Consumers also should avoid eating products made with peanut butter, peanut paste, or other peanut-containing products if they are unsure whether these products have been recalled.

• Consumers with pets should know that some pet foods and pet treats may contain peanut butter, including dog biscuits and bird food. If you have a recalled pet product in your household, do not feed it to your pet or other animals. Consumers also should avoid feeding products made with peanut butter, peanut paste, or other peanut-containing products to their pets if they are unsure whether these products have been recalled. For more information about this outbreak and your pet, you may visit Questions and Answers Related to the Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak and Pets.

• To determine whether a product has been recalled, consumers can search the list of recalled products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website or telephone the company that distributed the product at the phone number on the package.

• Consumers without internet access can telephone 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for product recall information from the FDA website and for other information on salmonellosis.

• Persons who think they might have become ill from eating peanut butter or peanut-containing products should consult their health-careproviders.

• Infants, elderly persons, and persons with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

Source: Centers for Disease Control