By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We’re now up to more than 55 products being recalled because of a salmonella outbreak in a peanut processing plant in Georgia. The recalled items all used peanut butter or peanut paste from the Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Ga., though most are being recalled because of the risk of contamination and not because of any confirmed taint.

However, whew! What a lesson for a society teeming with processed foods. This peanut butter, mostly delivered in tubs to large manufacturers or group facilities like nursing homes and cafeterias, was pressed, crunched, blended, pureed and melted into such a vast array of goods that itemizing its presence is taking weeks. It has turned up in cookies, snack bars, ice cream, cracker sandwiches, sports energy and nutrition bars, peanut sauces and dog biscuits.

Variety, the spice of life, and in this case, a juggernaut. Let’s hope that federal investigators can follow this blight to some sort of conclusion.

In the meantime, you’d better check out your favorite peanut butter flavored snack on the Food and Drug Administration’s recall list

You can also use the agency’s searchable database, set up to help you sort out what should be thrown out.

Finally, you can get more information about the recalls and about salmonella at the FDA’s FAQ, which contains this advice:

“If consumers cannot determine if their peanut butter/peanut paste-containing products or institutionally-served peanut butter may contain PCA peanut butter/peanut paste, FDA recommends they do not consume those products. Efforts to specifically identify products subject to the PCA recall and to continuously update consumers are ongoing.”

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