Peanut products recalled due to Salmonella

January 21, 2009 in Food Safety, Gastrointestinal Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Peanut products recalled due to Salmonella

Yesterday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall of nine varieties of energy bars as they may contain peanut butter or peanut paste tainted with salmonella typhimurium.

The peanut butter and paste involved in the recall was manufactured by Peanut Corp. of America and is not sold directly to the public.

It is usually sold in bulk form to companies that make cookies, crackers and other snack foods, as well as to institutions such as nursing homes.

The affected products include energy bars from popular brands such as Clif, Larabar, Nature's Path Organic and Hebert's Fully Loaded.

Canadian officials warn more products may be pulled off shelves as they continue their investigation and identify other companies that may have used the contaminated spreads.

There have been no reports of illnesses linked to the recalled products distributed in Canada, says a recall specialist from the CFIA.

One person in New Brunswick was fell ill due to this salmonella outbreak, but officials believe this person may have been exposed to a tainted peanut product in the United States.

In the U.S., 475 people have reported symptoms of food poisoning linked to consumption of peanut butter products.

For a full list of products affected by the recall, visit the CFIA's Health Hazard Alert page.

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