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Peanut butter recalls continue

By Heartland News & AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 150 products have been recalled in a salmonella & peanuts investigation that keeps getting bigger.

The list ranges from goodies like cakes and ice cream, to dog biscuits, Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday.

All were made with peanut paste or peanut butter made at a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga. that has suspended production.

The weight loss company NutriSystem was among the latest customers of PCA to be caught up in the investigation, issuing a recall Wednesday for peanut butter granola bars.

More than 480 people have been sickened in the outbreak, which has contributed to at least six deaths. Investigators say tests have found salmonella in the plant.

Connecticut officials say testing on an unopened tub of King Nut peanut butter taken from a West Haven distributor last week has found the same strain of salmonella that has sickened people across the country.

Officials with the state Department of Consumer Protection say it was the first sample of salmonella from an unopened container of a peanut product to be matched genetically to the salmonella strain responsible for the national outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration has traced the outbreak to a Georgia plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America, which makes peanut products and sells them to institutions and food companies.  Its products are not sold directly to consumers.

The outbreak may have contributed to the deaths of 6 people and sickened more than 485 others in 43 states, including nine people in Connecticut who have recovered.

Federal health authorities are urging consumers to avoid eating foods that contain peanut butter until they can learn more about a deadly salmonella outbreak.  But the FDA says there's no indication of problems with peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets.

Because of the concern, a number of manufacturers are recalling products made with peanut butter as a precaution. Kellogg's has recalled 16 products including peanut butter sandwich crackers and two varieties of peanut butter cookies.

Voluntary recalls of products include cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream made with peanut butter and peanut paste. 

A spokeswoman with Girls Scouts of Missouri Heartland says they're getting a lot of calls about the cookies and that "the Girl Scout peanut butter cookies are not affected by this warning".  She goes on to say their supplier does not receive their product from the company at the source of the outbreak.

The list of recalls continue to grow every day.

For a complete list of recalls and more on the outbreak, visit the FDA's website.

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