More companies pull products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while salmonella probe continues
MONDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The drum roll for recalls of peanut butter products continued without letup Monday, as more companies pulled back everything from cookies to candies on store shelves.
The actions followed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning Saturday that consumers should avoid peanut butter products containing peanut butter or peanut butter paste while the salmonella outbreak probe continued.
The U.S. health warning is focused on products made with peanut butter, like crackers, not jars of peanut butter on store shelves, the agency said.
"We are urging people not to eat products that have peanut butter until we have better information, and they can make an informed choice," Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said at a Saturday teleconference, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The official toll from the outbreak across 43 states and Canada now stands at 470 people sickened, with six deaths that have been linked.
As of Monday morning, these are the latest recalls:
Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products Inc. of Chicago is recalling all Wal-Mart Bakery brands of peanut butter cookies, peanut butter no-bake cookies and peanut butter fudge no-back cookies.
The South Bend Chocolate Co., of South Bend, Ind., is recalling assorted chocolates, valentine hearts, peanut butter fudge and peanut butter chocolate fudge.
Food Lion has removed Bake Shop peanut butter cookies from its shelves.
McKee Foods Corp. of Collegedale, Tenn., recalled Little Debbie Peanut Butter Toasty and Peanut Butter Cheese Sandwich Crackers.
Hy-Vee Inc., which distributes in several states, recalled various bakery products containing peanut butter.
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