The list of affected products in the FDA peanut recall 2009 is expanding yet again. Meanwhile, investigators are now moving toward a criminal probe into the Georgia plant believed to be responsible for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.
FDA Peanut Recall 2009: Affected ProductsThe products now falling within the FDA peanut recall include all peanut butter and other peanut-related items manufactured at the Blakely, Georgia Peanut Corporation of America plant since January 1, 2007. The list includes dozens of kinds of cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, and ice cream, as well as some types of pet food. Jars of peanut butter sold in grocery stores are still believed to be safe.
Below are links to the continually updated databases of products maintained by the Food and Drug Administration.
• View the up-to-date searchable database of recalled products• View the latest recalls listed by date• More information about the peanut butter-related pet food recall
Peanut Butter Recall 2009: Call for Criminal ProbeOfficials now believe the Georgia plant "knowingly [sold] tainted products" and even went as far as to seek out a testing lab that would provide misleading results so it could continue shipping in spite of its problems.
FDA inspectors say they discovered a dozen occasions where the plant found salmonella in its products, then took no measures to clean or eliminate the bacteria. The plant, inspectors believe, then sought out testing by alternate labs and received a clean result. Food safety experts say it's not uncommon for a retest to miss something like salmonella, and that the detection of it within one test should have been more than enough to warrant action.
The FDA says knowingly shipping contaminated products is a violation of the law.