Salmonella Patient: http://asal-copas.blogspot.com/2010/08/eggs-recall-because-contaminated.html
Recalled Skippy Peanut Butter ProductsDear Ones:
Please pay attention to any and all recalls pertaining to 'Salmonella' contamination of food and food products.
This hazard is worsening in our food supply. It started primarily in the egg and poultry industry years ago and has grown exponentially.
Almost no food product is exempt from potential Salmonella contamination. Fruits, vegetables and here peanuts (technically a 'legume') as well...and peanut butter.
I cannot say that I am a major fan of peanut butter, even though it is a nutrient dense food source which many think tastes wonderful.
Unfortunately, I have observed that peanut and peanut butter allergies are on the rise and are amongst the most 'deadly' of potential allergies one can have.
Also, there is a direct link between excessive peanut butter consumption (that means daily consumption, or close to it) and development of pancreatic cancer (and liver cancer as well globally).
In fact, peanut farm 'workers' and their family members are among the 'hardest hit' when it comes to contracting and suffering from pancreatic cancer which is 'rapidly fatal'.
The tragic death of Billy Carter, past President Jimmy Carter's brother, brought the peanut-pancreatic cancer connection to the public's attention. The Carters were 'peanut-farmers'.
"But in 1988, at the age of 51, he (Billy Carter) succumbed to the same pancreatic cancer which killed his father, his mother, and eventually his two sisters."
Peanuts are often found to contain 'aflatoxins'. These alflatoxins are produced by common molds: Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus.
Aflatoxins affect corn, peanuts, cottonseed and other nuts should be one of the last things the United States consumer should have to worry about.
Indeed, the FDA modestly 'addresses' this problem:
But the truth is that given the ubiquitous nature of molds and aflatoxin, the truth is that the American consumer is pretty much on their own when it comes to assuring food safety for themselves and their loved ones.
microscopic image of Aspergillus 1 (pron: ass-per-JILL-us)
courtesy http://www.iaqm.com/toxins.htmlThe best one can 'do' is to be sure to shop for peanut butter brands which actually address the issue of bacterial and chemical contamination and then pay the extra amount for 'the better organic brand'.
As importantly, rotate 'safe' brands, buy smaller amounts and for Heaven's sake do NOT feed your child peanut butter every day if you wish to lessen the chance of them succumbing to any food-related ailments.
With this latest combination of potential Salmonella contamination as well as the ever-present possibility of aflatoxin presence, please be careful with what you eat.
note: there are many different 'subspecies' of Salmonella
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Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
Unilever Announces Recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread Due to Possible Health Risk Limited Recall of 6 Best-If-Used-By Dates
Media Contact: Anita Larsen 201-894-7760 Consumers: 800-453-3432
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 4, 2011 - Unilever United States, Inc. today announced a limited recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Skippy® products are affected by this recall.
The product was distributed to retail outlets in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:
UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.)
Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (Stamped on the lid of the jar.)
To date, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported.
The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria.
Consumers who have purchased Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread with the above UPCs and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company for a replacement coupon. Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-453-3432, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM EST.