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By Len Kiese - bio | email

February 16, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Consumer fear has caused a drop in sales of a family favorite that's important to south Georgia's economy.

Sales of jarred peanut butter have fallen significantly since the nationwide salmonella outbreak began making headlines even though the jars aren't included in the recall. Some people told us that doesn't matter--they won't eat any peanut butter.

But Richard Stone says he loves the snack favorite and won't give it up. In fact, he trusts the safety of peanut butter more than ever.

"Me personally, I only eat Peter Pan peanut butter and that's because it's local and it helps the local economy. Also after what happened to them a couple years back, they're not going to risk having their plant shut down for any reason," said Stone. 

January sales of peanut butter dropped more than 20-percent. February numbers could be even worse.