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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

Plains, GA (WALB) - The recent recall has hit the peanut industry so hard that even the former first family is affected.

Peanut farmers and companies were looking forward to a boost in sales when the economy took a downward spiral.

Consumers usually rely on peanut butter as a cheap source of protein.

But the salmonella outbreak has made it extremely hard for even Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to make money of their peanut crop.

"We still grow peanuts on our farm," said the for First Lady. "And my heart goes out to peanut farmers because I know in our farm if it weren't for our pine trees, and thank goodness we've planted them all along, I don't know how we would make a living."

Last month peanut butter sales dropped more than 20% nationwide.

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