Perhaps a bit untimely, but today is National Peanut Butter Day. It should be one of the happiest days of the year, when all the little boys and girls wake up to find their shoes filled with peanut butter, courtesy of the Peanut Butter Man (whom I shall become when I grow up). But this year is less celebratory due to the salmonella outbreak. Currently, 488 people have been affected and 31 million pounds of peanut butter have been recalled. There’s no reason to be afraid, you just need to be informed. I plan on helping you separate the facts from fiction so you can still enjoy your peanut butter today!
I’ve been contacted by the National Peanut Board with some information regarding the outbreak. The affected peanut butter is in commercial sized tubs ranging from 5 lb – 1,700 lb form the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). This means that products you find in the store containing peanut butter may be affected. Consumer brands of peanut butter are NOT affected but to see a list of confirmed safe peanut butter brands, click here.
The following link is the FDA website regarding the outbreak: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html. But more is the following link for the categorized and searchable database of all recalled products: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm
Common brands being recalled: Keebler, Little Debbie, Trader Joe’s, Clif Bar, Lunabar and Larabar
The Larabar affected is the popular Peanut Butter Cookie flavor but you can make you own with the Peanut Butter Cookie Nickbar recipe to help you recover through these tough times. Bottom line, go out and enjoy some peanut butter today but please enjoy responsibly!
R.I.P. cousin Bennett