WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Peanut Corporation of America recall of peanut butter and peanut paste manufactured after July 1, 2008, has been expanded to include all whole peanuts (dry, roasted or raw), granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste produced at its Blakely, Ga., plant after Jan. 1, 2007.
It is important for consumers to know several important facts:
Some food manufacturers may use PCA peanut products in baked or processed foods, such as crackers, cookies, cakes or ice cream to name a few. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and food manufacturers are working to identify products that may be affected, to track the ingredient supply chain of those products and to take the appropriate action to remove them from the marketplace.
Consumers who are concerned about specific products should contact the manufacturer via the toll-free phone number on the package or by visiting the manufacturer Web site.
Despite this recall, the United States continues to enjoy one of the safest food supplies in the world, and food safety is the number one priority for food and beverage manufacturers. However, GMA and its member companies continually strive to improve the safety and security of the food supply.
For the past 18 months, GMA has advocated strengthening America's food safety system to put the teeth back in the FDA, America's food safety watchdog. Those reforms will also help prevent problems before they arise, modernize our food safety net and significantly increase the odds of identifying bad actors, like PCA.
It is time to enact meaningful reforms that will better protect consumers by:
We look forward to working with Congress and the Obama Administration to enact these reforms as quickly as possible.
SOURCE: Grocery Manufacturers Association PR Newswire.