The peanut butter recall has been the most active food recall in recent history. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled 1,900 products. The peanut butter in question was allowed to become infected with salmonella by the Peanut Corporation of America and as a result there are nine people dead and untold hundreds ill.
Rosemary Piser reports in eNews Park Forest that is important to note that the major brands of peanut butter are not involved in this recall.
Writing out of Park Forest, Illinois, just a couple hours from my home, Piser writes in her article “Peanut-related Salmonella Outbreak-Some Advice on Staying Safe,” essentially says you don’t have to worry about the major brands of peanut butter because they aren’t contaminated.
What Pizer does is give the potential symptoms if you are infected with Salmonella and further how you can stay safe.
Standard symptoms of the Salmonella infection are fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Older people and young children as well as those with an immune disorder have the greatest likelihood of having major problems.
How do we stay safe? After all, I’m an old guy and I love peanut butter and I’m always trying to save a buck so I may not always be eating the most expensive stuff.
Actually Piser disappoints me here. This was supposed to be an update yet it essentially said what I have either read or have written myself.
I will say that the best way to stay safe is not to buy products that are “peanut-butter based” when they have just been put on the shelves.
Really the only way to be sure that you know what to avoid is to become very aware of the recalled products at the FDA site or call 1-800-232-4636 24/7 to get updated information.
As I’ve written on Associated Content, Peanut Corporation of America was aware of this bad peanut butter paste.
Back in 1976, my wife and I went to Philadelphia on business. At that time there was a very scary epidemic called Legionnaire’s Disease that had mysteriously killed six celebrating Legionnaires who had come to Philly to party at a convention.
This influenza as was later found to have come through the hotel cooling system and caused terrible flu symptoms including 107 degree fevers.
While you just never know, even this was not done with foreknowledge. That aspect will make this Salmonella outbreak stand alone.