Peanut butter sales OK despite recall

Lexington Herald LeaderJanuary 22, 2009 

Peanut butter sales are holding up, Central Kentucky grocers say, despite widespread publicity and products being pulled because of a salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut-processing plant.

"There have been so many recalls in the last year or so, people are almost immune to them," said Bob Slone, chief executive officer of Slone's Signature Markets.

So far, federal and state investigators have identified 485 cases of Salmonella typhimurium in 43 states and Canada. Three of the cases were in Kentucky; one was in Lexington. Officials have linked six deaths to the outbreak.

he recalls expanded Wednesday to include more than 125 products, including cakes, ice cream, dog biscuits and NutriSystem peanut butter granola bars. Last week, Kellogg recalled some of its Austin and Keebler brand peanut butter crackers.

All have been linked by federal officials to a plant in Blakely, Ga., belonging to the Peanut Corp. of America. The company supplies peanut butter and peanut paste to food manufacturers and institutional cafeterias, such as those in nursing homes. So far, the recall does not involve peanut butter sold in jars.

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