Hold that PB & J

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.