What’s the lesson for school today? The national salmonella outbreak plot that thickens. 2008 and 2009 recalls on peanut butter products stemmed into a peanut butter paste nightmare. An incredible 400 products recalled after 400 had become sick and 5 had died. Since the last month, thus far, 500 had fallen sick and 8 deaths since with half being young children.
According to the New York Times many school districts have pulled peanut butter from menus with a footnote that New York City school officials state they had not bought any peanut butter that came from the Peanut Corporation of America’s Georgia plant. But what about California, Minnosota and Idaho? The recall stretches to the federal free-lunch program that ran during 2007 in some of their schools. Agriculture Department stated that the products came from Peanut Corporation of America.
The Los Angeles Times reported on January 5th that potentially contaminated peanut butter was included in school lunch programs and emergency meal kits sent by the Fed’s Emergency Management Agency, FEMA. Poor Kentucky, anyone sick yet? First the ice storm, now the possible FEMA tainted peanut butter assistance. Nearly 168,000 kits that FEMA had sent were recalled two weeks prior to. So, if you are in Kentucky, seek medical assistance after seeking FEMA assistance if you aren’t feeling well. Kentucky thus far has not reported any illnesses connected to FEMA’s free offerings when it comes to food kits.
In the old days, they used to call something as strange as this “population control” or “domestic terrorism by product”. However, there are no facts to prove that anyone would intentionally begin an outbreak. As for the Peanut Corporation of America, Mr. Peanut wants a word with you, and he wants to introduce Uncle Sam. But first you have to get passed Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. As seen on CNN , Senator Harkin voiced his dismay over the salmonella outbreak and how it effects children. In the long run they found that others are not required to report results to the FDA. The FDA decided not long ago that joining up with the Justice Department was not such a bad idea.
During January 30th, the government launched a criminal probe to figure out what criminal charges may apply towards the Peanut Corporation of America according to HuffingPost.com . “It is an open investigation at this time,” said Steven Sundlof, head of the FDA. “We can’t really talk much about the investigation itself.” Mr. Sundlof continues to say that the Justice Department will join forces with the FDA to observe possible criminal charges. This peanut butter investigation could take a while. Mr. Peanut seems pleased since the Peanut Corporation is tarnishing his good image. Either way, you may not hear of the unfoldings within this investigation until it has turned a few pages down the road.
As for America, we are on stand-by when it comes to peanut butter treats and sweets. Checking all products before eating would be wise, even if you need to survive, don’t die trying. For a complete recall list visit FDA.org.
For the inspection that failed to deliver during October visit Feds FDA vs. Peanut Corporation of America .