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More than 125 products are recalled in peanut butter investigation

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 21, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The peanut butter product recall is expanding. More than 125 products have now been recalled because of a salmonella outbreak.

The list ranges from cakes and ice cream to dog biscuits.

All were made with peanut paste or peanut butter made at a plant in Blakely that has suspended production. The weight loss company NutriSystem is now issuing a recall for peanut butter granola bars. Six people have died and more than 480 sickened in the outbreak. Investigators say tests have found salmonella in the plant.

While FDA investigators continue to search for the source of the salmonella contamination at the Blakely plant, the Department of Agriculture's 60 inspectors are checking with stores to make sure the voluntarily recalled products have been removed from store shelves and aren't in the food distribution channel. So far, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin says, most of the stores have complied.

"Historically we have excellent cooperation with some 13,000 facilities all under our guidance. That's a large number of facilities as you understand and we have no complaints at all they give us good cooperation," said Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.

Commissioner Irvin said his office plans to do closer monitoring of companies that process peanuts. He said in the past it's not a crop that's had many problems, but with a second salmonella incident involving peanuts in southwest Georgia it deserves closer monitoring.

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