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Salmonella in Snack Crackers

The list of companies recalling snack crackers, candy, ice cream and other products that contain peanut butter or peanut butter paste sold by the Peanut Corporation of America for fear of salmonella contamination continues to grow; check the FDA site for an updated list. The FDA cautions

Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the FDA urges consumers to postpone eating commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products and institutionally-served peanut butter until further information becomes available about which products may be affected. Efforts to specifically identify those products are ongoing.

There's no evidence as yet that anyone's been sickened by such products, though salmonella's presence has been confirmed in at least one package of crackers. (It's the peanut butter sold in big containers to hospitals, schools and other institutions that has been implicated in the current outbreak, which has claimed three lives.)

The possible contamination of such items as processed, packaged snacks adds a new dimension to the salmonella scene. We've come to accept that fresh produce, raw eggs, chicken, ground beef, pet food, and even peanut butter itself may carry salmonella bacteria. But a packet of crackers? They've seemed so stable, so safe. It's unsettling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Family Health  
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"For fear of salmonella contamination", "There's no evidence as yet", "The possible contamination"??

There's nothing like a bit of yellow journalism to garner publicity for a failing newspaper. Sad, sad, so sad, that the once highly respected Washington Post has fallen to such low point!

Posted by: joeblotnik49 | January 20, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for warning us....unlike joeblow most appreciate this. I always wondered why sheep follow others right off a cliff. I guess some have the "have proof" that the fall will really hurt.

Posted by: doggit1 | January 20, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Lance Crackers produce their own Peanut Butter, and are not a part of this recall.

Posted by: RiverCityVA | January 20, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Anybody wonder about how U.S. factories that make food products can send out tons of bacterially contaminated products? There are NO detection procedures in place? There is nobody from the gummint enforcing strict sanitary conditions?

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 20, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell would the revelation that a packet of peanut-butter sandwich crackers may contain salmonella be "unsettling" if we've already "come to accept" that peanut butter may contain salmonella? Do people think the cracker-packet peanut butter is "fake" peanut butter? That the peanut butter preparation guidelines are stricter for when it's not sold in "jar form"?

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | January 20, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely *hate* salmonella in my crackers. The taste is awful.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 20, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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