TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Peanut Bureau of Canada (PBC), the Canadian
information office of the American Peanut Council (APC), continues to closely
follow investigations by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into which products may be affected by
a manufacturer's recall. At this time there is no indication that any national
name brand jars of peanut butter sold in retail stores are linked to the
recall by Georgia-based Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) nor have there
been any illnesses in Canada linked to the salmonella outbreak in the U.S.
"Consumers want information about which products are affected, and that's
why we want to reassure Canadians that the CFIA's advisory does not apply to
retail peanut butter brands on grocery shelves," said Patrick Archer,
President of the Peanut Bureau of Canada. "In response to consumer questions,
we can say that major national brands of jarred peanut butter are not affected
by the PCA recall."
The FDA has traced one source of salmonella contamination to a PCA plant
in Blakely, Georgia, where the company manufactures peanut butter and peanut
paste. While the PCA plant does not manufacture or supply any retail peanut
butter brands, they have announced a voluntary recall of all peanut butter
produced at the plant on or after August 8, 2008, all peanut paste produced on
or after September 26, 2008, and 21 lots of peanut butter produced on or after
July 1, 2008.
While none of this product was sold at retail to the general public, some
of the peanut butter and peanut paste manufactured by PCA are used as
ingredients in other products. Some of the peanut butter is also distributed
in bulk for further manufacturing into products containing peanut butter and
to large institutions, such as nursing homes and hospitals.
Consumers should visit www.inspection.gc.ca for a list of affected
products in Canada in the days ahead. As the FDA has directed, consumers
should also go to company and brand websites for further information about any
specific products. Information about PCA's recall can be found at
www.peanutcorp.com. PCA has also set up a toll-free hotline number,
1-877-564-7080, to answer questions.
Established in 1999, the Peanut Bureau of Canada (www.peanutbureau.ca) is
an information bureau dedicated to educating Canadian health care
professionals and consumers about peanuts and peanut products as part of a
healthy diet. It is the Canadian information office of the American Peanut
Council, a non-profit trade association that serves as a forum for all
segments of the U.S. peanut industry. The Peanut Bureau of Canada provides
relevant and timely information exclusively to a Canadian audience.
For further information:
For further information: PEANUT BUREAU OF CANADA, c/o Argyle
Communications, 175 Bloor Street East, South Tower, Suite 1007, Toronto,
Ontario, Janet Grdovich, Office: (416) 968-7311 ext 224, Cell: (647) 899-1409,