FDA: Recall Shows Peanut Butter Riskier Than Previously Thought

Friday, April 6th 2007, 2:11 pm
By: News On 6

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Food and Drug Administration says it will start investigating plants that make peanut butter more often. A salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter made more than 400 people sick across the U.S. -- including at least 12 in Oklahoma.

The FDA says the outbreak shows peanut butter is riskier than health officials had thought. All Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that ConAgra Foods made at its Sylvester, Georgia, plant was recalled in February after health officials linked it to the salmonella outbreak.

ConAgra said Thursday the company traced the salmonella outbreak to a leaky roof and a faulty sprinkler. The moisture mixed with dormant salmonella bacteria in the plant that is believed to have come from raw peanuts and peanut dust.

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