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Retailers move quickly on peanut butter recall

February 15, 2007


Albany  --  Jars of Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut butter disappeared from store shelves across south Georgia quickly this morning. Some store began pulling the brands as early as last night.

The recall has also thrown up another red flag for consumers, who wonder what is safe to eat?

Walmart, Publix, Winn Dixie, store after store, jar after jar, many of south Georgia's popular shopping places began removing the Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter and from their shelves.

"We're in the process of contacting all of our store to pull everything off," said Winn-Dixie Store Director Jimmie Fillyaw.

For Marti Drawdy whose five kids go through two jars of peanut butter a week, it's sad news.  "I'm very concerned, I'm always concerned, even when they had the spinach, I quit buying spinach in a bag, so I'll probably wait and make sure they clear everything."

"I was shocked when I saw the shelf was empty here, I had not heard about the recall," said Myrtle Strosmider. 

What customers need to look for is the blue product code located on the lid of the jar, if it begins with the numbers 2111 like all of the jars at Winn-Dixie, it shouldn't be eaten.

Winn-Dixie like other stores plan to offer customers a refund. "If they feel concerned with the Peter Pan Peanut Butter that they have, they're more than welcome to bring it back to the store and we'll take care of it for them," said Fillyaw.

Many customers say it really made them think twice about what's safe to eat.

Stores say until the product is safe it will remain missing from their shelves.

While both Walmart and Sam's Club have removed the Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter from their shelves, they've also placed a restriction on the products in question so if one is accidentally scanned, a restriction notice will come up for the cashier.

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