An FDA website ( found here ) now offers a widget to download to your computer or blog to keep abreast of new recalls and developments in the peanut butter salmonella outbreak. The widget lists all peanut butter recalls as broken down by category of peanut butter product.
Information about the peanut butter products that have been recalled is also available by calling the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) at 1-800-CDC-INFO.
MSNBC reports that there have been up to 20 million visits to the U.S. government website set up to list recalls of peanut butter products believed to be possibly infected with salmonella. MSNBC also warns that the FDA stated “At this time, we have not determined the amount of remaining products” according to Michael Herndon, FDA spokesman.
It seems there may be peanut butter products still lurking on store shelves that may contain salmonella. This is a frightening update indeed from the FDA. The Peanut Corporation of America has endangered the lives of many Americans with their salmonella tainted peanut products.
The FDA seems a very incompetent organization. President Obama is now investigating the FDA’s handling of the peanut butter salmonella outbreak. He seems dissatisfied with the inability of the FDA to keep tabs on food manufacturers to ensure America does not face future salmonella outbreaks from tainted food products.
According to MSNBC, peanut butter products have been recalled from up to 420 companies that obtain peanut butter or peanut butter paste from the Peanut Corporation of America. Thus far, 8 people have died in the salmonella outbreak and 550 people in 43 states have been sickened.
I have decided to forgo eating any peanut butter products. It was an easy decision to make after reading about the disgusting conditions at the Peanut Corporation of America. Now the mere thought of peanut butter turns my stomach.
I am sure many Americans are also shunning any sort of peanut butter or peanut butter product. It seems very clear that the FDA is not currently keeping America’s food supply safe. They must update their testing regimens for warehouse visits and must work harder to ensure American supermarkets are full of food that is safe to eat.
One doesn’t want to think of food as a lethal weapon. However, there have been salmonella outbreaks due to so many different types of food in recent years it is starting to feel like Russian roulette to eat commercial food products.
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm (FDA list of recalled peanut butter products)