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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter

peanut butterThe FDA is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

ConAgra is also destroying all affected products in their possession. The company will cease production until the exact cause of contamination can be identified and eliminated. ConAgra will advise consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 in their possession. To assist in this endeavor, FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra’s processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia where the products are made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee.

If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections. Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

FDA’s warning is based on a just-completed epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter. This report was provided to FDA on February 13.

The outbreak appears to be ongoing and the first consumer may have become ill in August 2006. The cause of foodborne illnesses can be difficult to identify. As a result of extensive epidemiological testing and recent case control studies, CDC was recently able to identify Peter Pan peanut butter as the likely cause of illness. Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination.

  • Charles Bruton

    Why dosn’t the FDA require Them to refund the cost
    or at least furnish You with a replacement jar? What
    took so long to post the information if They’ve know about it? I have a jar I purchased in Jan 2007 that
    has the 2111 number. It’s barely opened, what a waste
    to have to throw it away.

  • kristen cruce

    Our whole family hs been sick with flue like symptoms, and I have been to the hospital with horrible bloating and very sick. My mother had flu like symptons and fever…verified by dr. Son missed school with loose stool and fever.
    Can our jar be tested???? has 2111 code on it. Bought in Florida.

  • brilelyl

    We have a jar of the peanut butter. My husband has had eshophegal cancer and becomes extremly sick when eating certain foods. He has recently had several days of being sick. What should we do?

  • Mandy

    3 people in my household have eaten out of a jar of Peter Pan Peanut Butter (one of these include a 1 year old child and one pregnant adult), if you know of the increase risk in these people, please contact me ASAP. I need to know what to do to help them.

  • Roy Bonnett

    I read newspaper about recall on Great Valve Peanut Butter Crunchy at Wal-Mart.
    Stamped “Best Buy by 10/20/07 A16:48
    Bar Code show 0 78742 37000 2
    Last Night I ate some and not feel. until I read newspaper about salmonella, cause me to scare.
    Please let me know quick and i will return it Wadsworth Super Walmart
    Sincerely,
    Roy E. Bonnett

  • Mary Lunsford

    Where do I send my 2 lids for a refund.

  • bobbie

    I just had two days of llunches:Great Valve Peanut Butter Crunchy at Wal-Mart.
    Stamped “Best Buy by 10/20/07 A16:48
    Bar Code show 0 78742 37000 2
    same thing felt like crap.